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Pemmican wars
2017
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Summary
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.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 6-10-Echo is a Métis teen who finds herself drawn into her ancestors' past in the middle of a history lecture. A lonely outsider in her school and a newcomer in a group home, she's transported back in time to the events surrounding the Canadian Pemmican Wars. Her world is populated by her indigenous ancestors, a queer teacher, and a housemate who is differently abled. Gorgeously rendered panels convey Echo's isolation in the real world and comfort in the past. The work is light on text, and its brevity makes it feel more like plot exposition than a fully fleshed out novel. The end matter contains a time line, a recipe for pemmican, and the lyrics of a song written by the Métis poet and songwriter Pierre Falcon. VERDICT A solid selection for introducing a historical event in an accessible format.-Jodeana Kruse, R.A. Long High School, Longview, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Echo is just trying to get by in a new home and a new school when she slips through time during a class lecture and finds herself with the Métis people her Nation in 1816, just before a deadly battle. Vermette and Henderson's graphic novel has flaws, but where it is strong, it shines. At only 50 pages, including the supplementary material, there isn't enough time to dive into the story or the history of the Pemmican Wars. The small timeline at the back and snippets of Echo's class lessons on the topic help, but it's not quite enough to flesh out the drama of Echo's experiences. Despite these weaknesses, Echo's story is compelling, mainly because Vermette isn't afraid to let the art do the talking. Henderson's realistic art and perfect pacing, particularly in the pages of wordless panels depicting Echo's daily routine, highlight her silent nature and hint at the source of her unspoken sadness. Solitary teens are likely to strongly identify with Echo and look forward to more of her adventures.--Wildsmith, Snow Copyright 2018 Booklist
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