Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue in this sequel to Surviving the City.


Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue in this sequel to Surviving the City.
Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home. On top of everything else, Dez is navigating a new relationship and coming into her identity as a Two-Spirit person.
Miikwan is crushing on the school’s new kid Riel, but doesn’t really understand what Dez is going through. Will she learn how to be a supportive ally to her best friend?


  • Short-listed, Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher 2021
  • Nominated, MYRCA Northern Lights 2022
  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Red Maple Award 2022
  • Short-listed, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award 2021
  • Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People (Older Category) 2021
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award, Published Graphic Novels, Comics, and Illustrated Books in any Language 2021


Among CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens list, designated a title of exceptional caliber

- The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC)

Every single thing about these volumes is important. They are beautifully written, fantastically illustrated, at times heartbreaking, humourous, and rooted in Indigenous strength.

- Dani @thunderbirdwomanreads

Moving and heartfelt, readers definitely will want to know what happens next.

- Jeffrey Canton

Surviving the City and From the Roots Up are beautiful, poignant, and emotional. I highly recommend you read these graphic novels.

- The Tiny Activist

This story is so important. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous, and add so much depth to the story. This book is an essential addition to classroom and libraries.

- Bit About Books