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Will I See?

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by GMB Chomichuk
As told by iskwe & Erin Leslie
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Violence, Girls & Women, Aboriginal & Indigenous, General
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Spirituality and Ceremony, Authentic Indigenous History, Contemporary Setting, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Death, Grief, and Bereavement, Empathy, Respect, Responsibility, Seven Sacred Teachings, Social Justice, Discrimination, MMIWG2S, Prejudice and Racism, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Cree
Indigenous Languages: Cree, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 12–18
Grade: 7–12
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell Z+, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL510L
Paperback : 9781553796749, 54 pages, December 2016
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553796947, 56 pages, February 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797029, 56 pages, February 2017


May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.


  • Winner, <P>Winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/GRAPHIC NOVEL Category at the 2017 Manitoba Book Awards</P>


"I would recommend this book to anyone who likes graphic novels that are gritty, nonfiction, or emotional. Or to everyone, because it's that good!"

Hannah Waterman, NetGalley

"Absolutely unforgettable! Will I See? addresses the topic of violence against women with beauty and power. The black and white images are realistic, but there is also a dreamlike quality to them. Swaths of red add a dramatic flair, implying violence and death. Will I See? has a strong emotional affect and is best suited for teens and older readers. "

Stephenie Sasse, NetGalley

Will I See? is a powerful, evocative story that is amplified by visually stunning graphics. Through the eyes and actions of a teenage girl who resides with her Nokomis in a large city, the graphic novel speaks to the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

Karl Hele, Anishinabek News