Paperback | June 16, 2014

byAaron PaquetteIllustratorAaron Paquette

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Lightfinder is a YA fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own.The story follows the paths of Aisling and Eric, siblings unwittingly thrust into a millennia old struggle for the future of life on earth. It deals with growing up, love and loss, and the choices life puts in our path. Love and confusion are in store, as are loss and pain. Things are not always what they seem and danger surrounds them at every turn. Will Raven's mysterious purposes prevail? With darkness closing in how will they find the light to guide them? Will Aisling find Eric in time?

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Lightfinder is a YA fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing po...

Aaron Paquette is First Nations/Métis. He is married, has children and is visited by a shadowy dark raven called depression. Despite that, or because of it, he hopes to share what a gift every day can be. Lightfinder is Paquette's debut fantasy novel for young adults. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

other books by Aaron Paquette

Lightfiner: Lightfinder
Lightfiner: Lightfinder

Kobo ebook|May 13 2015


Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:Kegedonce PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0986874078

ISBN - 13:9780986874079


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and enchanting - a story grounded in truths To say this book is aimed at Aboriginal youth is fair, though the readability of the characters ? their challenges, their responses to events around them, and to the choice to either get busy living or get busy dying ? is far-reaching. And it should be. The themes and messages in this story are ones that we?ve lost as humans and inhabitants of this earth. They are messages we must embrace in order to fully and accurately prepare our children to live fully. To connect with that which we need and are missing. To find our way back. When I think back to the novels I read in school, the caliber of this writing and this story rivals them. It should be read. It should be discussed. Lightfinder should be taught to our youth for the thinking it provokes and inspires. Richard Van Camp certainly had it right in comparing it to King?s The Stand and the worlds of Neil Gaiman ? it was very reminiscent of the journey of Shadow in American Gods. I devoured the story and can?t wait for what?s coming! I plan on sharing this book far and wide.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Multi-layered and thought-provoking I bought several copies as gifts for young people in my life, but was delighted to discover it was a good read for an older fantasy buff like me. Book 1 of the Lightfinder saga reflects Aaron Paquette's abiding respect for First Nations' traditions and folklore; heartfelt love for Mother Earth; and deep-seated values of loyalty, courage, and inter-generational dependence; all wrapped up in a highly readable and engaging tale. The story is populated by memorable characters including heroic but very human Aisling, Eric and Kokum. They struggle with age-old challenges of balancing individual needs with those of the larger community. Sadly, the reader doesn't have an opportunity to get to know all characters in sufficient depth before some suffer tragic ends. Nonetheless, lots of food for thought and an entertaining and well-crafted adventure. I'll be looking for Book 2.
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightfinder I bought this book to loan out to teens and tweens I work with. I didn't expect it to be such a compelling page-turner for myself! Strong youth characters (the central one, a young girl) and authentic inter-generational collaboration propel the plot through intriguing twists and turns. Themes explored on the way include: dealing with bullying, death and grieving, finding inner strength, young love and unrequited love (not enough to turn off boys though!), inter-generational effects of Residential schools (not preachy, but very real), a journey all underpinned with a deep knowledge and respect of Aboriginal culture (North American and Australian). A fantastic read that stays with you...
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting new book This eagerly awaited first novel from Edmonton artist and wisdom speaker, Aaron Paquette, gives all that it promised and more. It is a can’t-put-it-down story about choices and their far-reaching consequences, about people and things not being what they seem, and about the power of love—and its sacrificial requirements. It is also about gifts and talents, which we can use for good or for ill Readers of Charles de Lint will recognize the interweaving of realities, the shape-shifting, and the promise of something more than that which first meets the eye. Paquette entwines indigenous knowledge and lore from North America with that of Australia to produce a truly splendid tale, especially attractive to me (and to many, I am sure) because of its strong female characters. The theme underlying this novel is that our planet is in very serious trouble; this message is clear, but not preachy—it is up to the reader to draw a moral from the story. Although this is billed as a Young Adult novel—the main characters are 15 and 12—it is not restricted to that audience. My YA years are far in the past, but I dove into this book with delight. It seems that the story is to be continued—I for one will look forward to its next installment.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A wonderfully layered story. It was a refreshing change from the YA books I have read recently. The author builds the story with characters and doesn't rely on large amounts of shock writing. A wonderful read for a young adult or an adult young at heart.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightfinder is unique and refreshing. The minute I started to read the Lightfinder I was intrigued. The storyline is unique and so different from anything else that I have read before. It was challenging to put the book down. The author takes you into a new world, on an incredible journey with his descriptions of creation and planets. I recommend this reading for both the young adult reader and the young at heart.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightfinder It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next. A bit of crossover world mythology in a plot to save the world from itself. Especially good from the young dreamer in your life.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You're Going to Love It Not the most bombastic Young Adult novel I've read lately, and that's a good thing. Unlike the increasing reliance on harsh and extreme violence in many new offerings in this category, Paquette opts for plot, fast pacing (probably could have slowed down a bit, but only because I wanted to explore his world more), and character development. Inventive, some surprising twists and turns and a style that seemed simple but packed some emotional and conceptual weight. Not a perfect book, but a good one. I was lucky enough to be an early reader, so my review might go up. There is a bit of violence, just not Hunger Games levels. At all. Recommended.
Date published: 2014-05-05