From the Roots Up


Surviving the City series
by Tasha Spillett | illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Grade: for grades 8–12
SKU: 978-1-55379-898-9 Category:
This item will be released on October 20, 2020.

$19.95

Pub Date: 27/10/2020

Pub Date: October 27, 2020

Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue in this sequel to Surviving the City.

Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home. On top of everything else, Dez is navigating a new relationship and coming into her identity as a Two-Spirit person.

Miikwan is crushing on the school’s new kid Riel, but doesn’t really understand what Dez is going through. Will she learn how to be a supportive ally to her best friend?

Elder Geraldine is doing her best to be supportive, but she doesn’t know how to respond when the gendered protocols she’s grown up with that are being thrown into question.

Will Dez be comfortable expressing her full identity? And will her community relearn the teachings and overcome prejudice to celebrate her for who she is?

From the Roots Up is one book in The Debwe Series.

Among 21 middle-grade and YA books to read in 2020
—CBC Books

Surviving the City and From the Roots Up are beautiful, poignant, and emotional. I highly recommend you read these graphic novels.
—The Tiny Activist

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