Book club pick for March 23: Graphic Novels!

In March 23rd’s episode we’ll be discussing Dakwäkãda Warriors by Cole Pauls and A Girl Called Echo Vol. 1 by Katherena Vermette. Be sure to submit a comment or question! Your input might be read on the podcast (anonymously) AND you’ll be entered into our book club draw. You could win a copy of one of our selected books, and even some lovely jewelry. (Notes on how to participate follow the synopses.) Happy reading!

Synopses

Dakwäkãda Warriors by Cole Pauls

As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone.

Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he created Dakwäkãda Warriors, a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.Pauls’ Elders supported him throughout the creation process by offering consultation and translation. The resulting work is a whimsical young adult graphic novel that offers an accessible allegory of colonialism. Dakwäkãda Warriors also includes a behind-the-scenes view into the making of the comic and a full-colour insert featuring character illustrations by guest Indigenous Canadian artists.


A Girl Called Echo, Vol. 1., by Katherena Vermette

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl, is struggling with her feelings of loneliness while separated from her mom and adjusting to a new school. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee’s history class turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same.

During Mr. Bee’s lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie—and back again to the present. In the following weeks, Echo slips back and forth in time. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars. Pemmican Wars is the first graphic novel in A Girl Called Echo, a series by Katherena Vermette, Governor General Award–winning writer and author of The Seven Teaching Stories (HighWater Press).


How to Participate:

Step 1: get the book from your local library, bookseller, or seek an audio version online

Step 2: READ or LISTEN

Step 3: Post comments and questions on Twitter @book_women or @IndigenousLSA or directly on the Book Women Podcast website.  We will discuss them during that book’s episode!

Get your comments in BEFORE March 20 to have your take included in the episode (to be published March 23). Plus, you’ll be entered to win some PRIZES!

Our Second Book Club Pick: 3 Inuit Picture Books!

In February 23rd’s episode we’ll be chatting about What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston, Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull by Nancy Mike, and The Walrus Who Escaped by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

Synopses

What’s My Superpower?
by Aviaq Johnston

Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things.

Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special, and that her superpower was right in front of her all along. Recommended ages: 3-5

Awards
– 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens



Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull
by Nancy Mike

When Elisapee’s father brings home a baby seagull, Elisapee falls in love with the bird right away. She feeds and cares for her new friend, named Nau, and even helps Nau learn how to fly!

Nau grows, and grows, and grows some more, until she’s big enough to fly all over town and play with the other seagulls. Soon, it seems like Nau is ready to leave home for good, and Elisapee has to learn how to say goodbye.

Based on the author’s childhood experience, this charming story about learning to care for animals will delight young readers. Ages 5–7


The Walrus Who Escaped
by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

In the past, Arctic animals did not look as they do today, but they could communicate just as well as humans can! In The Walrus Who Escaped, young readers learn that walruses once had spiralled, curly tusks, not the long, straight tusks we recognize.

When Raven came across Walrus expertly diving for clams, he quickly became jealous of Walrus’s great clam-hunting skills. So, as Walrus was about to surface with a tasty mouthful of clams, Raven cast a spell on the ocean, freezing Walrus in place! Walrus’s curly, twisting tusks became frozen in the enchanted ice. But Raven soon discovered that his magic was no match for Walrus’s great physical strength. Walrus managed to escape, but his tusks would never be the same!

This fun, dynamic animal tale pits two of the Arctic’s most popular animal characters against each other in a cheeky and amusing battle of wits.


How to Participate:

Step 1: get the book from your local library, bookseller, or seek an audio version online

Step 2: READ or LISTEN

Step 3: Post comments and questions on Twitter @book_women or @IndigenousLSA or directly on the Book Women Podcast website.  We will discuss them during that book’s episode!

Get your comments in BEFORE February 20 to have your take included in the episode (to be published February 23). Plus, you’ll be entered to win some PRIZES!