The Mask That Sang

The Mask That Sang


By Susan Currie


A young girl discovers her Cayuga heritage when she finds a mask that sings to her.

Cass and her mom have always stood on their own against the world. Then Cass learns she had a grandmother, one who was never part of her life, one who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own. But with it comes more questions than answers: Why is her Mom so determined not to live there? Why was this relative kept so secret? And what is the unusual mask, hidden in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all lead Cass closer to solving the mystery and making connections she never dreamed she had.

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About the Author

Susan Currie is a winner of Second Story Press’ Aboriginal Writing Contest, resulting in this, her second book. Her first book was Basket of Beethoven, a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children, MYRCA, and Silver Birch Awards. She has an MA in children’s literature and has been an elementary teacher for 17 years. Susan is an adopted person who later learned about her Cayuga heritage, an experience that inspired The Mask That Sang. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 6, 2016

  • $9.95 Paperback

  • 200 Pages

  • 7.5 x 5.25

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 5-7

  • Lexile: 610L Guided Reading: Z

  • ISBN: 9781772600131


  • Character Education
    > Bullying
    > Family & Friendship
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > First Nations & Indigenous Peoples

Awards for The Mask That Sang

  • 2017 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature Honour Book

  • 2017/18 Hackmatack Award Finalist - Atlantic Children's Choice Book Award

  • Selected by Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2017

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017

Praise for The Mask That Sang

"Currie offers a light, bittersweet story, filtered through the innocence of children, that comes full circle. She does this with an ease that is endearing and educational.... Drawing on her own experience discovering her Cayuga identity, Currie offers a tender, resonant tale." - Kirkus Reviews

"The Mask That Sang forces readers to confront the ongoing impact of the mistreatment of Canada’s aboriginal peoples, yet at the same time it offers a hopeful and positive perspective, focused on healing and the importance of embracing one’s community and culture." - Quill & Quire

"Currie has crafted a haunting and sometimes bittersweet novel that touches upon the lost generation of First Nation children." - Canadian Children's Book News

"Currie manages to bring together an enlightening and interesting read, while also refraining from sanitizing the heart of the issues she addresses. Her works are blunt, honest, and refreshingly warm, and are an important addition to the growing number of literary works by authors of First Nations descent." - Bramptonist

“The Mask That Sang reminds us all about the importance of following our path and honouring our culture by knowing where we came from and being proud of who we are.” - EFTO Voice