Study Canada K-12 partnered with Métis Canadian illustrator Natasha Donovan and Village Books for book talk on the graphic novel Borders

Donovan is the illustrator of the book Borders, a middle grade graphic novel about identity and belonging.

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In Borders, this graphic adaptation of award-winning author Thomas King's short story, a young Blackfoot boy and his mother end up in a no-man's land between the US and Canadian borders when his mother refuses to answer a seemingly simple question: "Are you American? Or are you Canadian?". In a story told with King's characteristic wit, readers are invited to consider themes of place, nationality, family, and home.

Natasha Donovan is a Métis Canadian illustrator who focuses on comics and children's book illustrations. She illustrates the award-winning children's book series The Mothers of Xsan, written by Brett Huson. Her recent picture books include A River's Gifts by Patricia Newman and The Global Ocean by Rochelle Strauss. She grew up in Vancouver and currently lives in Bellingham.