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category: Children's Fiction
published: Sep 2016
publisher: Second Story Press

The Mask That Sang

by Susan Currie

tagged: native canadian, multigenerational, native american

Cass and her mom have always stood on their own against the world. Then Cass learns she had a grandmother, one who was never part of her life, one who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own. But with it comes more questions than answers: Why is her Mom so determined not to live there? Why was this relative kept so secret? And what is the unusual mask, forgotten in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all lead Cass closer to solving the mystery and making connections she never dreamed she had.

About the Author

Susan Currie

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 13
5 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017
  • Commended, Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature
Editorial Reviews

"The Mask That Sang reminds us all about the importance of following our path and honouring our culture by knowing where we came from and being proud of who we are."

— EFTO Voice

"The Mask That Sang forces readers to confront the ongoing impact of the mistreatment of Canada’s aboriginal peoples, yet at the same time it offers a hopeful and positive perspective, focused on healing and the importance of embracing one’s community and culture."

— Quill & Quire

"Currie manages to bring together an enlightening and interesting read, while also refraining from sanitizing the heart of the issues she addresses. Her works are blunt, honest, and refreshingly warm, and are an important addition to the growing number of literary works by authors of First Nations descent."

— Bramptonist

"Currie offers a light, bittersweet story, filtered through the innocence of children, that comes full circle. She does this with an ease that is endearing and educational.... Drawing on her own experience discovering her Cayuga identity, Currie offers a tender, resonant tale."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Currie has crafted a haunting and sometimes bittersweet novel that touches upon the lost generation of First Nation children."

— Canadian Children's Book News

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The Mask That Sang

The Mask That Sang is the winner of Second Story Press’ Aboriginal Writing Contest. In the novel, the discovery of an Iroquois mask sets young Cass on a journey to self-discovery, as she uncovers secrets about her ancestry and her Indigenous heritage. The novel will provide middle school readers with insight into mother-daughter relationships, the impact of poverty on families and relationships, and the resonating impact of the past.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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