You Can’t Make Me
You Can’t Make Me, by Métis writer Ashley Hayden, is story of a teenage boy who gets in trouble with the law while trying to impress his friends and ends up with a summer of tough love at his grandfather’s rural cabin. That summer, after a terrible encounter with a supernatural creature, changes his life. This story combines a contemporary coming-of-age story with traditional Indigenous folklore.
Author: Ashley Hayden
Reading level: Grade 2.8 (Lexile 450L)
Interest level: Grades 6-12
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FREE MULTICULTURAL NONFICTION DOWNLOAD: The Boogeyman will Get You if You Don’t Watch Out!
Almost every culture in the world has some sort of imaginary creature invented to frighten children into obeying their parents. You Can’t Make Me features an encounter with a Roogaroo, a wolf-like monster from the folklore of the Métis people of Canada. Click here to download this FREE nonfiction article on boogeymen (and women) around the world from the You Can’t Make Me Teacher’s Guide, along with a graphic organizer for gathering notes and suggestion for further research. (Note that the reading level of this article is about Grade 6, so it would probably have to be read to or with students on the first reading.)