Rez Runaway

Book cover for Rez Runaway by Melanie Florence

Melanie Florence


Book Summary

Raised on an Indian reserve, seventeen-year-old Joe Littlechief tries to be like the other guys. But Joe knows he’s different ― he’s more interested in guys than girls. One night Joe makes a drunken pass at his best friend and, by the next morning, everyone on the rez is talking about Joe. His mother, a devout Christian, is horrified, and the kids who are supposed to be his friends make it clear there’s no place for him on the rez. Joe thinks about killing himself, but instead runs away to the city. Alone and penniless on the city streets, Joe has to come to terms with who he really is.

Two-spirit; 2SLGBTQIA; Self-harm; Gender identity; Sex work; Sexual assault; First Nation, Inuit and Metis; Homophobia; Transphobia

Age Range
Ages 12+ (grades 8 and up)
Lorimer (Aug. 22 2016)
Book Category
Sexual Orientation