Mai and the Strangers

  • Illustrated By: Michelle Simpson
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Mai and Dani'
  • Themes:disability, Indigenous community, 1800s, self-doubt, identity
  • Available:04/16/2025
  • Lexile:610L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:N

An Indigenous girl who has a physical disability explores her identity and learns how to relate to others in this vibrant historical-fiction picture book celebrating Dakelh culture and language.

When news arrives that traders are coming to Nak'azdli, Mai is understandably excited. She has always wanted to meet new people and see new things, but living in a remote village in the mountains, she never thought it would happen. Although her People, Nak'azdli Whut'en, travel far and wide to trade with others, Mai has a disability that causes her legs to take steps that are either too big or too small, and she has always stayed close to home. Her curiosity about the strangers soon turns to self-doubt, however, when she begins to contemplate their differences and her own. Just how strange will they be? And what will they think of her?

Mai and the Strangers is a vibrant story about finding your identity and learning how to relate to others, with a thoughtful reflection on the experience of disability and a celebratory sharing of Dakelh culture and language.