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I Will See You Again

By (artist) Lisa Boivin
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction, Death & Dying, Cultural Heritage, Siblings

Interest Age: 12–18
Grade: 7–12
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell Z+, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 570L
Hardcover : 9781553798552, 56 pages, February 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798569, 56 pages, March 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798576, 56 pages, March 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799115, 35 pages, March 2020

Presenting “a fresh understanding of death and grief” (Publishers Weekly), this is a breathtaking journey through art, loss, and love from interdisciplinary artist and bioethicist Lisa Boivin.


When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength.

The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.


  • Short-listed, Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher 2021
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award, Published Graphic Novels, Comics, and Illustrated Books in any Language 2021
  • Winner, Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards, Illustration 2021
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, Young Adult/Middle Reader category 2021
  • Short-listed, Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award 2021
  • Nominated, First Nation Communities READ 2021


Boivin, a member of Canada’s Deninu Kue First Nation, offers a fresh understanding of death and grief, which she portrays not as a breach in the natural order of things, but as an integral part of them:You have left us, but you are also here now.

Publishers Weekly

Lisa Boivin’s art and words sings to me of wonder, love, movement, spirit and heart.  Impossibly tender and beautiful.  I find myself getting lost in its color, text and beauty. You will love this book.

Si’Yam Lee Maracle, award-winning author, poet, performance storyteller, and scriptwriter

Lisa Boivin has given us a comfort for anyone grieving. I Will See You Again is woven with such thoughtfulness and sincerity that I am moved to remember that with grief, there can be honouring. With sorrow, there can be celebration for a life so cherished. This book is all love, and it’s a reminder that we will see those we love and miss once again and, until then, we can proudly carry their hopes, dreams and stories along with our own.

Richard Van Camp, award-winning author

This is a beautiful and much needed practical resource.   Using clear language and powerful, engaging, and beautiful illustrations we are shown a healing pathway through the grief and loss of a loved family member.

Dr. Janet Smylie, University of Toronto

While this farewell journey is personal and specific, it holds universal wisdom for those coming to terms with loss. Attractive and compact, this memorable book guides mourners to a place of acceptance and serenity.

Jill Bryant, Quill & Quire

Lisa Boivin’s I Will See You Again thoughtfully and carefully carries readers through her oldest brother’s death overseas…. This is an illustrated children’s book, a visual letter-poem, rooted in family, love, and healing through the author’s Dene traditions. Boivin’s artwork transcends the narrative with colour, shapes, and patterns…and reaches out from the page and takes root in your body, mind, and spirit.

Shannon Webb-Campbell, Muskrat Magazine