Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Marrow Thieves

One Book, One College (OBOC)

2021-22 Title Selection

Publisher's Synopsis: In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's indigenous population, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones, and take refuge from the "recruiters" who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing "factories."


Winner, 2017 Kirkus Prize (Young Readers' Literature)

Winner, 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)

Winner, 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

                                             Winner, 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature 

                                                Winner, 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award

                                               Finalist, 2018 Forest of Reading - White Pine Awards

                                               Shortlisted, 2018 CBC Canada Reads

                                               Shortlisted, 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

                                               Finalist, 2018 Trillium Book Award

                                              Selection, 2019 Global Read Aloud

                                              Selection, 2017 OLA Best Bets

                                             Selection, Time Magazine's 100 Best YA Books of All Time

About the Author

From the publisher: Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007, and her novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her young adult novel, The Marrow Thieves, has won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Kirkus Prize; it was a finalist for the White Pine Award, was named to the Globe and Mail Top 100 and was selected for CBC’s Canada Reads.

To find out more visit her website:

An Interview with Cherie Dimaline

Below is an interview with Cherie Dimaline.

About OBOC

Each year, students, faculty, staff and administrators select and read a common book and many instructors incorporate the "College Book" into their courses. This year, the selected book is The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. The One Book, One College Committee holds a series of free events to encourage college wide conversation, creativity and community surrounding the book. This can include film screenings, food tastings, guest speakers, faculty lectures, family programming, marathon book readings, essay contests, dialogues, live performances, blogs, art exhibitions, forays into the local community and much, much more. Keep a look out for upcoming events for OBOC!