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Red River Resistance

By Katherena Vermette
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
Series: A Girl Called Echo
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Coming of Age, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Canada, Orphans & Foster Homes
Big Ideas: Authentic Indigenous History, Contemporary Setting, Social Justice, Discrimination, Impacts of Colonization and Colonialism, Prejudice and Racism, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Métis

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 8–12
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell Y, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL590L
Paperback : 9781553797470, 48 pages, December 2018
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797654, 48 pages, December 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797661, 48 pages, December 2018

Red River Resistance is the second graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series by Governor General’s Award–winning writer Katherena Vermette.


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.


Selected for The best Canadian comics of 2018

CBC Books

Selected for the Best Books for Kids & Teens reading list

The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC)

The more time I spend with this book, the more I appreciate the author's and the illustrator's & colorist's craft. ..Recommended

Jean Mendoza, American Indians in Children's Literature

This informative and captivating sequel to Pemmican Wars... seamlessly brings readers back into Echo’s time-traveling adventures as the teen travels to some of the most tumultuous moments in Canadian Indigenous history.


The historical content of Red River Resistance offers a valuable perspective on a critical event in western Canadian history. Teachers of Social Studies and Canadian History will find it a worthwhile supplemental resource, and adolescent readers who connected with Echo in Pemmican Wars will be interested to see how she is faring.

CM Association