Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. 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 new series, A Girl Called Echo, by Governor General Award–winning writer, and author of Highwater Press’ The Seven Teaching Stories, Katherena Vermette.
About the Author
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company) won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. Her first novel The Break is a National Bestseller and a 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Scott B. Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art. He is author/illustrator of the sci-fi/fantasy comic, The Chronicles of Era and has illustrated two comics for the Canadian Air Force’s For Valour series, the bestselling graphic novel series 7 Generations, selected titles from the Tales From Big Spirit series, and the graphic novels, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story and Eisner-award nominee, A Blanket of Butterflies. Donovan Yaciuk has worked as colourist for such companies as Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse comics, honing his craft as a part of the legendary Digital Chameleon colouring studio. Donovan is a graduate of the University of Manitoba's School of Art.
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QU'APPELLE VALLEY, NORTH-WEST TERRITORY (NOW SASKATCHEWAN), 1814.
WHAT THE ...?
THE BELL JUST RANG.
IT'S TIME TO GO TO YOUR NEXT CLASS.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR NEXT CLASS IS?
MX. FRANCOIS FOR ENGLISH.
JUST GO DOWN THE STAIRS, TURN LEFT.
LOOK FOR THE FLAGS.
HEH HEH ...
HOW WAS YOUR FIRST DAY
THE NEXT DAY ...
HOW WAS SCHOOL?
YOU LOOK LOST.
WHERE AM I?
THIS IS OUR CAMP.
I AM MARIE.
THAT IS THE SOURIS RIVER OVER THERE.
THIS IS WHERE YOU LIVE? IN TIPIS?
NO, WE'RE METIS.
THIS IS OUR HUNTING CAMP. WHEN WE ARE DONE WE WILL TRAVEL TO THE FORT AND TO OUR HOME.
WHAT ARE THEY DOING?
THERE'S SO MUCH!
WE MAKE IT TO TRADE FOR GOODS, FOR THE WINTER.
ALL OF THIS IS GOING UP NORTH VERY SOON.
Excerpted from "Pemmican Wars"
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