The Issues books are in-depth examinations of subjects that are often difficult to talk about, such as abortion rights, feminism, assisted dying and mental health. They are written by authors who have a personal involvement and commitment to the subject they are writing about.

From the Roots Up

In this sequel to Surviving the City, Dez is grieving her grandmother's death, living in a group home, and navigating her identity as a Two-Spirit person. Will Miikwan learn how to be a supportive ally to her best friend? Will Dez be comfortable expressing her full identity? And will her community be able to celebrate her for who she is?

Surviving the City

Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up Indigenous in the city. However, when Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick to care for her, the threat of a group home looms, and Dez disappears. Will Dez’s community find her before it’s too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don’t?