A People Magazine Best Book Fall 2021

From celebrated Indigenous author Thomas King and award-winning Métis artist Natasha Donovan comes a powerful graphic novel about a family caught between nations.

Borders is a masterfully told story of a boy and his mother whose road trip is thwarted at the border when they identify their citizenship as Blackfoot. Refusing to identify as either American or Canadian first bars their entry into the US, and then their return into Canada. In the limbo between countries, they find power in their connection to their identity and to each other. 

Borders explores nationhood from an Indigenous perspective and resonates deeply with themes of identity, justice, and belonging.

Praise

A 2021 Horn Book Fanfare Title

A 2021 School Library Journal Best Book

A 2021 Kirkus Best Book

A 2021 NPR "Books We Love" Pick

 

"Brilliant... The story highlights both the universal feelings of a family moving apart and a very specific Indigenous experience."—Kirkus, starred review

 

"An important and accessible modern tale about the ongoing lack of recognition by colonizers for the Indigenous communities who continue to exist on their ancestral lands." —School Library Journal, starred review

 

"The thematic and literary richness of this story is exhilarating, unsettling the insistent binary of American/Canadian nationalities for the lived reality of Indigenous nationhood." —Horn Book, starred review

 

"Subtle and smart, this laconic graphic novel will linger with readers." —Booklist, starred review

 

"This sobering yet inspiring tale effectively spotlights a Native woman who quietly demands that her voice be heard and her identity recognized." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

"...a timely graphic novel about identity” —People Magazine

 

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