Aaron Paquette won third place for the the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Written and illustrated by Aaron Paquette Lightfinder is a young adult fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own.
Flight: A Novel by acclaimed Spokane writer Sherman Alexie is a fantasy novel that deals with the issue of adoption and the foster system for Native American children. The plot follows the life of a troubled teen as he is transported back and forth in time in a search for his true identity. The magical realism plays out as a 15-year-old youth named Zits, recently released from juvenile detention, suddenly shifts into a bank robber holding a gun. The character again changes or shapeshifts into an FBI agent shooting at Indian activists in the 1970's.