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Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning Cree and Scottish author of nine books for young people and adults. Her children’s books include My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, When We Are Kind, and Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults, an adaptation of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s seminal work. Her novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads in 2021 and her book Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature. Gray Smith lives in Victoria, BC.

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