Visions of the Crow
Published by: Portage & Main Press
Imprint: HighWater Press
Sales Date: 2023-04-04
Published: April 2023
80 Pages, 165.00 x 254.00 x 5.08 mm, full colour illustrations throughout
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"Your ancestors have called us to help you."
"I think y'all have the wrong number."
Damon Quinn just wants to get through his senior year unscathed. His mom struggles with alcohol and is barely coping with the day-to-day. Marcus and his cronies at school are forever causing Damon trouble. The new girl, Journey, won't mind her own business. To make matters worse, now a mysterious crow is following him everywhere. After he is seized by a waking dream in the middle of a busy street, Damon is forced to confront his mom with some hard questions: Why haven't I met my dad? Where did we come from? Who am I?
Damon must look within himself, mend the bond with his mother, and rely on new friends to find the answers he so desperately needs. Travelling through time and space, Damon will have to go back before he can move forward.
John-Kehewin hopes that Indigenous youth and adult readers will draw from Damon's spiritual journey. As a former employee with the Ministry of Children and Families, John-Kehewin is aware that although Indigenous youth and children may have their physical needs met, they don't often have their emotional and spiritual needs met. She hopes Dreams: Visions of the Crow will help with that.
For non-Indigenous readers, she wants them to go beyond the stereotypes and understand that Damon's mother's alcoholism is "the residual effects of the residential schools and history itself."Shari Narine, Windspeaker.com
A vibrant and awe-inspiring journey of self-discovery....Definitely a series to watch [that] will be a great help for teens to understand the...history and culture of the Canadian [First Peoples] and their struggles today.Grace Rosa, NY Public Library
An important story.Kirkus Review
[An] intriguing coming-of-age story. Recommended.Ann Ketcheson, CM Association
This story, based on the experiences of the author, examines how Indigenous cultural connection can be a pathway towards healing from the lasting impacts of residential schools and intergenerational trauma. 49th Kids, Top Grade CanLit for the Classroom
Bringing in everything from traditional cooking to magical medicine power, Van Camp's graphic novel celebrates cultural resiliency while never shying away from the difficulty faced by his characters.Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun
A graphic novel recommended for teens interested in stories about social justice and the importance of family roots.Andrea Lipinski, School Library Journal
Tight prose links Wanda John-Kehewin's poetry background to [this] graphic novel for young people. It is a powerful story that proves knowing ourselves means understanding where we came from. burton's illustrations transport the reader into Damon's world. The contrast between the dull, dreary colours of Damon's everyday life and the vivid, colourful realm of his dreams in particular, highlight the healing power of learning from history.Prairie Books Now