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The reviews are in and Jordin Tootoo: The highs and lows in the journey of the first Inuit to play in the NHL definitely has created a buzz among hockey fans.
The Hockey Writers
: "Emotional topics, such as suicide are not often discussed in juvenile literature. Florence handled these weighty topics with both a sensitivity and well as in the capacity of an educator, explaining their difficult nature without a preachy tone."
On The Forecheck
: "I was really impressed with how much each of them (two 8-year olds and a 7-year old) got out of the book when they read it."
Kirkus Book Reviews
: "His story unfolds in darting, often concussive sentences that mimic the tempo of a hockey game as well as Tootoo’s agitational, bang-’em-up style. Like her subject, the author doesn’t pull many punches in Tootoo’s rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers."
And a short interview can be found here
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My second book, Canada Apologizes: Native Residential Schools should be available later this year. I'm already hard at work rewriting my first YA novel, He Who Dreams, the story of a teenaged boy growing up on a reserve in Northern Ontario and am in the midst of writing a second, The Darkling, a supernatural story set in my hometown of Bancroft.