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The Outside Circle
The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel | Patti Laboucane-Benson
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In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives. Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mothers boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies. Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the authors twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Aboriginal men.
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Krisjericho
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A compelling and realistic graphic novel. The author develops layered characters who are far from one-dimensional to give a message of healing and recovery that is not too heavy-handed. I thought it glossed over the decision to change and the end results without addressing some practical concerns, but that is a minor critique. The art is really effective.

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Clwojick
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Currently reading.

TricksyTails I love this photo! Would go nice on the wall. 5y
SandyW I love crows and ravens! Smart birds! 5y
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elizabethlk
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Not feeling up to leaving the house. Might as well kick off my next library read if I'm going to be stuck home alone on a Friday evening. Actually, I think I would prefer this even if I was feeling well enough to leave the house.

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olyvianne
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Don‘t know quite what to say about this other than you need to read it, along with all Canadians.

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Timidmagick
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It's about an aboriginal boy in Alberta. Through his story we learn how messed up Canada's history really is.

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Babs_book_obsession
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Wow... just wow. Heartbreakingly conveys the intergenerational trauma of our First Nations people. Perfect use of the graphic novel format.

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Erin01
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really enjoyed reading this one, while its not always an easy read - residential schools & gang violence usually isn't - it is both an important one & a good story at the same time 🌟🌟🌟🌟
#graphicnovels #diversereads #representation

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I finished THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE. Which indigenous YA should I read next?

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Your spirit name is 'waking bear'. The bear you saw last night was your protector. He came to visit and to make himself known. What I understand is that he has woken up from a long winter sleep."

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 6y
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PatriciaTina
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There has been a lot of hype surrounding this release, and I must say it deserves it. This graphic novel is amazing. Relevant, powerful, and unbelievably important. We need to talk more about the issues presented here, we need to find a way to reconcile. This will not solve everything, but mainstream representations of the lingering issues faced by aboriginal people such as the one found in this novel are a start. Read it. Listen. Learn.

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HouseOfAnansi
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“I‘m in awe of what you are holding in your hands. This is more than a graphic novel. It‘s a teaching; it‘s a reminder; and it‘s a textbook of hard-won wisdom. It‘s also a wish.” — Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed

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squibblesreads
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A graphic novel: The story of 2 Aboriginal brothers who get caught up in drug abuse and gang violence find healing in traditions and community. Well researched and gorgeous art, highly recommended! 😊👌🏼

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