Published by HighWater Press on November 15, 2018
Genres: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
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Echo Desjardins is adjusting to her new home, finding friends, and learning about Métis history. She just can’t stop slipping back and forth in time. One ordinary afternoon in class, Echo finds herself transported to the banks of the Red River in the summer of 1869. All is not well in the territory as Canadian surveyors have arrived to change the face of territory, and Métis families, who have lived there for generations, are losing access to their land. As the Resistance takes hold, Echo fears for her friends and the future of her people in the Red River Valley.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Red River Resistance is a graphic novel taking place through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl, Echo who time travels between events in the Red River area of Canada in 1869-1870. Not being Canadian, I was not familiar with the history at ALL and so greatly appreciated the timeline in the back of the book!
The story portrays the injustice done to the indigenous people throughout North America during this time in history, but focuses on the Metis people of Canada. Despite the more than a 100 years since the events, Echo – a descendent of some of the original inhabitants – still struggles with her identity and place in the world, and the effects of a corrupt government that cared nothing for the people it displaced, only for the monetary value of their lands.
The illustrations in this book suit the story perfectly. They have an overall blue/gray cast that lends itself to the mood, and there are very few words even for a graphic novel. For the subject matter, it really works. I will definitely be going back and looking for the first of this series, and hope there will be more after!
Please note: Red River Resistance is the second in a series, and it would probably be good to link the first one to it somehow (it currently does not show as a series on GoodReads): Pemmican Wars.
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