Surviving The City

ISBN-10: 1553797566
ISBN-13: 9781553797562
Author: Spillett, Tasha
Illustrated by: Donovan, Natasha
Interest Level: 8-12
Publisher: Portage & Main Press

Publication Date: March 2019

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 56

Series: Surviving The City

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Interest Level

Grades 8-12

Reading Level

Lexile: HL550L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

A contemporary graphic novel about Indigenous young women facing heart-wrenching decisions and the anguish of missing loved ones. 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?
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