Borders

by Thomas King

On Sale: 09/07/2021

Borders

by Thomas King

illustrated by Natasha Donovan

On Sale: 09/07/2021

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About the Book

A stunning graphic-novel adaptation based on the work of one of Canada’s most revered and bestselling authors

On a trip to visit his older sister, who has moved away from the family home on the reserve to Salt Lake City, a young boy and his mother are posed a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. Are you Canadian, the border guards ask, or American?

 “Blackfoot.”

And when border guards will not accept their citizenship, mother and son wind up trapped in an all-too-real limbo between nations that do not recognize who they are.

A powerful graphic-novel adaptation of one of Thomas King’s most celebrated short stories, Borders explores themes of identity and belonging, and is a poignant depiction of the significance of a nation’s physical borders from an Indigenous perspective. This timeless story is brought to vibrant, piercing life by the singular vision of artist Natasha Donovan.

 

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Critical Praise

"A simple yet powerful story . . . An important and accessible modern tale about the ongoing lack of recognition by colonizers for the Indigenous communities who continue to exist on their ancestral lands." - School Library Journal (starred review)

"The story highlights both the universal feelings of a family moving apart and a very specific Indigenous experience. . . . Brilliant." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In this sparsely worded, moving graphic novel . . . the team adeptly captures the dilemma of Native Nations whose homelands were split by political borders. This sobering yet inspiring tale effectively spotlights a Native woman who quietly demands that her voice be heard and her identity recognized." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443460675
  • ISBN 10: 1443460672
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/07/2021
  • Pages: 192
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 10 to 14
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In

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