A powerfully illustrated graphic novel for teens about the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous people

La description

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into the unique dangers of being a girl from a racialized minority background. The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a viral letter written to the police by a fourteen-year-old Indigenous girl urging them to “do better” when investigating missing persons. An author’s note at the end of the book puts this human rights issue into an international context.


  • Commended, Starred Selection - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre 2020
  • Nominated, Forest of Reading - Red Maple Award 2020
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities READ Award 2020
  • Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards: Published Graphic Novels, Comics, and Illustrated Books in any Language 2021


"Jonnie’s words hold a gravity and maturity to them well beyond her years. "

- Region of Waterloo Library

"This is a must-read for audiences to appreciate the Indigenous community in Canada. "

- Holr Magazine

"The haunting plea of a young Indigenous woman endures long after the cover is closed. "

- Region of Waterloo Library

"It’s a powerful text — one that should be read, and discussed, in every social studies classroom. "

- Montreal Gazette

"This short graphic novel drives home a powerful message with its poetic prose. "

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Jonnie’s words are accompanied by intensely emotional illustrations. "

- Booklist Online

"A beautiful, haunting, and accurate account of a brave teenager who sought justice for her people. I will never forget this beautiful graphic novel with its equally gorgeous images. "

- NetGalley

"This book would be a great addition to a literature circle or introduction to a unit on Indigenous perspectives for any high school classroom or library. "

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Emotive writing and beautiful imagery aside, if you know anyone who has a lack of empathy for Indigenous communities, make them read this book. "

- The Charity Report Literary Hub

"A poignant spotlight onto the difficulties Indigenous women face. Every library should have a copy of this potent work. "

- School Library Journal, starred review