Richard Van Camp
Author ~ Story Teller ~ Inspiration
A Blanket of Butterflies
Coming October 2015
The Lesser Blessed
A first-person account of Larry Sole, a member of the Dogrib Indian tribe, who, after being sexually abused by his father, kills him in his sleep with a hammer and sets the house on fire. (The account in the Yellowknife newspaper reported that the contusions on the victim's head were a result of his falling down the stairs.) Larry is in the seventh grade when all this happens; when the novel opens he is in grade eleven, living with his mother, who is working hard to improve their lot in life by studying to be a teacher.
On the first day of school he notices a newcomer, a Métis named Johnny Beck. Johnny, with his tough-guy attitude, smart-ass remarks, and surly good looks, makes an immediate impression. Larry becomes Johnny's sidekick: "He was everything I wasn't. He was bad news but still.." This partnership leads Larry to a number of new and unexpected experiences, including standing by as Johnny dates Juliet Hope-the girl Larry himself loves.
The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. It premiered on September 9th at the Toronto International Film Festival and played as the closing gala at the ImagiNative Film Festival on October 21. For more information visit: www.thelesserblessed.com or The Lesser Blessed IMDB Page or visit Douglas McIntyer's website at http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/book/lesser-blessed
Is part 2 of The Lesser Blessed (the novel and the movie) and is published by Pearson Canada as part of their Well Aware Series focusing on mental health.
The target audience is for grades 8 and up.