The Small Press Highlight has one other graphic novel for younger readers (ages 9 via 11) so as to add to our rising checklist of thrilling titles for teenagers. This one is one other entry from HighWater Press–The Reward of the Little Individuals. Written by award-winning Rocky Cree scribe William Dumas, the story facilities on a small Rocky Cree neighborhood that’s suffering from a extremely contagious illness resulting in demise after their first contact with Europeans. As individuals die throughout, assist comes from an surprising place: The Little Individuals. Illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson, the story is a part of the Six Seasons of The Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Sequence.
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“Helpless to cease the unfold of a lethal illness, Rocky Cree Elder Kākakiw should journey to the house of the Little Individuals to discover a treatment earlier than it’s too late.
I don’t recall seeing books after I was a bit of boy. However the previous individuals, they grew up listening to tales. And so, each night time, when the previous individuals have been carried out their night prayers, they’d sit and they might inform us tales too.
On the time of the spring thaw, the Rocky Cree fill their canoes with furs, desperate to commerce with the brand new guests in mistiwāsahak (Hudson Bay). However not the entire new guests are welcome. When the canoes return house to the shores of the misinipī river, the Rocky Cree start to break down one after the other, drenched in sweat and slowly slipping into delirium. Kākakiw struggles to assist the sick as increasingly more individuals go into the spirit world. Exhausted bodily, emotionally, and spiritually, he seeks steerage via prayer.
Hope lastly comes with a customer within the night time: one of many Little Individuals, small beings who’re identical to us. If Kākakiw can journey to their house, he might be given the drugs his individuals want. All he has to do is paddle via a cliff of stable bedrock to get there.
To avoid wasting his individuals from sure demise, Kākakiw should overcome doubt to observe the normal teachings of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak and belief within the present of the Little Individuals.”
Dumas is thought for the award-winning illustrated historical past, Pīsim Finds Her Miskanaw. His new graphic novel explores the language, tradition, information, territory, and historical past of the Rocky Cree individuals whereas providing a significant message about hope within the face of adversity. It additionally sheds gentle on “struggling well being methods, willpower in preventing contagious viruses, overcoming doubt and uncertainty, and the ability of neighborhood.”
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