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Graphic Novel 12+
Pages: 56
Themes: Indigenous, Young Adult, Indigenous Women, Missing Indigenous Women, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Publisher: Portage & Main
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2019
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Tasha Spillet's graphic-novel debut tells a story of kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up Indigenous in an urban landscape—they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother resurfaces. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don't?

Surviving the City is one book in the Surviving the City series.

Quill & Quire
"Tasha Spillett, who is Nehiyaw and Trinidadian, tells the story through the girls' dialogue and text messages—featuring Indigenous words and references to traditional practices—allowing readers to be continually immersed in their world…In these haunting images, the girls' personal drama plays out within the larger struggle of Canada's Indigenous women."
Professionally Speaking
“The importance of community, especially a community of women, is a running theme throughout the book. [This book] would be [a] welcome addition to a secondary school library or classroom, or to an Indigenous Studies or Indigenous Literature curriculum.”
Chatelaine
“These YA comic books help fill some glaring omissions in Canada's understanding of its past.”

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American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book  | 2020 | Commended

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