I recently read a series of graphic novels written by Canadians, David Alexander Robertson and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson.
Stone, is a young man on the cusp of adulthood in the early 1800s, seeking his place within his community. A vision quest, the death of his brother, marriage, fatherhood, participating in a thirst dance and ‘making of a brave’ ceremony all set him on his path.
There is a message here as Edwin learns from Stone’s experiences that “we all have someone to fight for” giving us purpose and “maybe you will know that someone is fighting for you, too.” The storytelling is strong enough that the message doesn't dominate. I got caught up in both stories wanting to know more about Edwin and why he tried to kill himself and I wanted to see what happened to Stone, too.
Recommended for grades 10 and up.
I’m looking forward to reading the recently released, fourth installment, The Pact.
PS. Check out this YouTube video of the author explaining the creative process for developing the series.