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A Blanket of Butterflies

By Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Action & Adventure, Magical Realism, Paranormal, Death & Dying, Violence, Boys & Men
Series: The Spirit of Denendeh
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 15–18
Grade: 9–12
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL510L
Paperback : 9781553795483, 48 pages, October 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797142, 48 pages, May 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797210, 48 pages, May 2017


A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family’s samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather’s sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call “Benny the Bank,” he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant they call Flinch. This graphic novel, beautifully illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, explores the grace of family and the power of the Great Mystery. A Blanket of Butterflies is nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue/One-Shot.