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The Unbeatable Sonya Ballantyne

By Sonya Ballantyne
Illustrated by Rhael McGregor
Azby Whitecalf
Kielamel Sibal
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Interest Age: 14–18
Grade: 9–12
Paperback : 9781774921371, 64 pages, April 2025
Expected to ship: 2025-04-08

Armed with a stack of comics and fantasy novels, Sonya Ballantyne shares her story of growing up on the rez.


In this heartfelt and often-funny memoir, author Sonya Ballantyne gives us a look at her younger self’s diary and inner life as she struggles to find herself in the pop culture she loves.

Before she was a successful writer, Sonya Ballantyne was just another kid growing up on the rez, searching for her place in the world. Her love of comics, fantasy novels, movies, and all things geeky helped her understand her life at school, her relationships with her family, and her identity. But growing up wasn’t easy and Sonya faced racism and bullying at school. Sonya takes the lessons from superhero comics to be brave in the face of adversity, to grow from strife, and to keep pushing forward towards her dreams. How did she find her way to the other side and live to tell the tale?