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Adam Garnet Jones adapts his award-winning film into a YA novel with universal appeal


When Adam Garnet Jones’s film, Fire Song, debuted in 2015, it immediately garnered the screenwriter and director (who is of Cree-Métis and Danish descent) accolades and festival awards. But the Canadian indie – about an Indigenous teen named Shane, whose sister has died by suicide and who’s hiding his homosexuality while dealing with a demanding high school girlfriend – also caught the eye of a children’s publisher. Annick Press’s Rick Wilks saw its potential as a YA novel.

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