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.
Out September 2018
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
So this is the second volume of this series that I’ve had the honor to review. My review of volume one is here.
This fantastic trio successfully pulled off a continuance of the running story about a girl named Echo, an indigenous teen, who dreams of events in Canada’s history that involve the Metis. This story continues where Pemmican Wars left off following Echo as she continues to adjust to her new home. This time, she is transported in her dreams to the events surrounding Red River in the summer of 1869.
The story shows the conflicts that arise when government surveyors challenge the Metis families that have lived generation after generation along the Red River. They face losing their lands. You learn about the plight of the Resistance. As the story unfolds you see Echo’s struggles to understand what is happening to the Metis.
The artwork is realistic and absolutely critical to the story. The colors used are rich and vibrant and I can’t say enough of this series. It reaches deep into the heart and mind of a teen who is struggling with her own identity and situation, something I feel other teens will identify with.
The history lesson is incorporated into the story using fast paced dialogue, tension and wonderfully illustrated characters.
I love this series and can’t wait to see what happens next.
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