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When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.

Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.

The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway--both ancient and modern--by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.

By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy--as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Keeper'n Me
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Feeling were you belong
January 21st, 2015
The novel revilles the true meaning of family never giving up on there missing love one and recieving them back into the family like they have never left. The whole story never really focused on how the whites did the indenigeous people wrong and how everything got disrupted when Columbus (not white) sailed the great ocean. First explorer to North Amercia. The novel was focas more on introducing the main character to his culture and language. Love that the author told his history through a young boy who did not know where exactly in this world he belong until he decided to take request from his beloved family and return to his roots.
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Keeper'n Me
January 2nd, 2015
This book opens one to looking into your inner self, your beliefs, ideation and how it all ties you to yourself, others and the world around you.
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Keeper'n Me
October 12th, 2014
Wonderful story . Couldn't put it away. Tks
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August 22nd, 2014
It's really a greal book if you are if Ojibway heritage and want to learn more about the culture. That's why I enjoyed it. I would think if you weren't aboriginal you probably would find this boring.
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Keeper'n Me
April 16th, 2014
Got to be too much of the same for me. Wagamese does not deliver the same punch with this story as he did with Ragged Company. I was quite disappointed.
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