Surviving the City
Tasha Spillet's graphic-novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, resilience, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan's Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape - they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother resurfaces. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don't?
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Family member death; Parental rights termination; Legal guardianship; Illness; death of a parent; death of a mother; losing parental rights; legal guardian; grandparents raising grandchildren; diabetes
social worker; school; phone; missing; friendship; sisterhood; group home; grandparent; sickness; bus; missing
Spillett, Tasha, "Surviving the City" (2019). Diverse Families. 1844.