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Giju's Gift

By Brandon Mitchell
Illustrated by Veronika Barinova & Britt Wilson
Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Action & Adventure, Self-esteem & Self-reliance, Friendship, Intermediate
Series: Adventures of the Pugulatmu’j
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 6–8
Grade: 1–2
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: 500L
Paperback : 9781553799474, 88 pages, February 2022
Expected to ship: 2022-02-22

A Mi’kmaw girl battles an ancient giant and forms an unexpected friendship in the first volume of this series of graphic novels inspired by traditional stories.

Description

Long ago, all living creatures on this land shared a special balance with one another. The pugulatmu’j—the Little People—were the original guardians of the land, and they looked after all living things. As time passed, we forgot these playful yet powerful guardians, but they did not forget us. Occasionally, they make their presence known with the little tricks they play.

When her hair clip disappears, Mali is devastated. It was special, made by her giju. Her mom thinks she lost it, but Mali knows it was stolen by a Little Person.

Soon after, Mali is surprised to meet Puug—and he’s wearing her hair clip. If she helps him find what he needs, she has a chance of getting it back. As they hunt for the objects on Puug’s list, Mali uncovers a lot of unanswered questions along the way.

Why is there a giant chasing them? Will she really get her hair clip back? And why is Puug collecting these things anyway?

Join Mali and Puug as they race to keep one step ahead of an ancient giant in the first volume of this graphic novel series for young readers.

Reviews

Among School Library Journal's suggested graphic novels and resources centering the Native American experience.

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