From the Roots Up

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Donovan, Natasha
By (author): Spillett-Sumner, Tasha
Series: Surviving The City
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Aboriginal & Indigenous
Audience: young adult
Awards: <DIV><I>Among 21 middle-grade and YA books to read in 2020</I></DIV> Winner
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Published: October 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 10.00in x 6.50in x 0.25in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

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?

Elder Linda is doing her best to be supportive, but she doesn't know how to respond when the gendered protocols she's grown up with that are being thrown into question.

Will Dez be comfortable expressing her full identity? And will her community relearn the teachings and overcome prejudice to celebrate her for who she is?

From The Publisher*In this sequel to Surviving the City, Dez is grieving her grandmother's death. With nowhere else to go, she's living in a group home. On top of everything else, Dez is navigating her identity as a Two-Spirit person alongside a new relationship. Unfortunately, Miikwan doesn't really understand what her best friend is going through. Will Dez be comfortable expressing her full identity? And will her community be able to celebrate her for who she is?
Biographical Note

Author Tasha Spillett (she/her/hers) draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls. Tasha is currently working on her PhD in Education through the University of Saskatchewan, where she holds a Vanier Canada Award.

Illustrator Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a freelance artist and illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sequential work has been published in The Other Side and This Place: 150 Years Retold anthologies. She is the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel Surviving the City, as well as the award-winning children's book, The Sockeye Mother (shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction), the first book in the Mothers of Xsan series. Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.