Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2023) Featured Review of Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
Narrated by: Michelle St. John and Meegwun Fairbrother
Books on Tape | Tundra Book Group | Penguin Teen Canada
Publication Date: October 19, 2021

In The Marrow Thieves we met French, an Indigenous boy on the run with his found family, trying to escape capture from the Recruiters and their re-opened Residential Schools. In the opening minutes of Hunting by Stars, French awakes inside a pitch-black room alone and in pain, and instantly knows that his run is over. Meanwhile, as French’s family on the outside searches for him, they face perils both known and unknown. Can French’s family find him before his resistance is broken?

A mix of horror and dystopia, French, his family, and all Indigenous people of what we now call Canada fight for their survival and humanity in a world devastated by climate change and brutalized by the government. In alternating chapters, Fairbrother (portraying French) and St. John (portraying French’s family) capture the danger and grief that French and his family experience as well as the love and stories they share. Give to those who follow Lozen in her fight for her and her family’s survival in Bruchac’s dystopian series Killer of Enemies.

– Shelley Mastalerz

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.