Weird Rules to Follow

SKU: 9781459835580

Kim Spencer
Grade Levels:
Six, Seven, Eight
Book Type:
Orca Book Publishers
Copyright Date:

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Can this friendship weather the seasons? Mia knows her family is very different than her best friend's.

Kim Spencer, Ts’msyen Nation, is the author of Weird Rules to Follow.

In the 1980s, the coastal fishing town of Prince Rupert is booming. There is plenty of sockeye salmon in the nearby ocean, which means the fishermen are happy and there is plenty of work at the cannery. Eleven-year-old Mia and her best friend, Lara, have known each other since kindergarten. Like most tweens, they like to hang out and compare notes on their crushes and dream about their futures. But even though they both live in the same cul-de-sac, Mia’s life is very different from her non-Indigenous, middle-class neighbor. Lara lives with her mom, her dad and her little brother in a big house, with two cars in the drive and a view of the ocean. Mia lives in a shabby building that was built during World War II and is full of relatives—her seafood-loving, Pentecostal churchgoing grandmother; her bingo-playing, binge-drinking mother and a rotating number of aunts, uncles and cousins. Even though their differences never seemed to matter to the two friends, Mia begins to notice how adults treat her differently, just because she is Indigenous. Teachers, shopkeepers, even Lara’s parents—they all seem to have decided who Mia is without getting to know her. And this blatant racism might begin to take its toll on Mia and Lara's friendship. 

Winner of the IODE Violet Downey Book Award 2023.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award 2023

Jean Little First-Novel Award 2023

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2023

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