Seeds of Spring #4: A Mi'kmaq Teen Discovers Kropotkin, Punk, and Her Place in the World | Promises, Promises, Promises
by Christopher Coquard Author and Sacha Ravenda Author
Close ties of friendship and family are strengthened and celebrated in the fourth comic in the 15-part Seeds of Spring series. As Naguset's brother Mu'in prepares to be deployed, Naguset bonds with Mandy over punk songs from Chris, finding a moment of distraction and hope amidst harmful outside messages. Back in the 1800s, young Peter is reunited with his beloved brother, forges friendships, and defines success for himself in choosing his path after graduation.
In this innovative serial graphic novel, Naguset, a modern Canadian Mi'kmaq teenager, exchanges books and mix tapes with her pen pal, Chris. Her imagination sparks when he sends her a biography of the 19th century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. The story juxtaposes Naguset's personal and political coming-of-age in her loving family home with Kropotkin's rocky upbringing in a princely palace. These two stories of eventful lives and bold hearts are interwoven with Kropotkin's theories of freedom, Mi'kmaq vocabulary and social history, and an uplifting punk soundtrack, creating a unique reading experience bound to inspire readers to think in new ways about the issues of our time.
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