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Young Adult Fiction Violence

Will I See?

by (author) David A. Robertson

illustrated by G.M.B. Chomichuk

as told by iskwe & Erin Leslie

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2016
Violence, Girls & Women, Aboriginal & Indigenous, General
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
7 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2016
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
    List Price

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May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

About the authors

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is the winner of the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award, the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the TWUC Freedom to Read Award. His books include The Barren Grounds: The Misewa SagaWhen We Were Alone (winner of the Governor General’s Award, a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and a McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People); Will I See? (winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award, graphic novel category); and the YA novel Strangers (recipient of the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). He is the creator and host of the podcast Kiwew. Through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Robertson educates as well as entertains, reflecting Indigenous cultures, histories and communities while illuminating many contemporary issues. David A. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.


David A. Robertson's profile page

GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. His most recent work with HighWater Press, Will I See?, was a collaboration with writer David A. Robertson and singer/songwriter Iskwe. He writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like Midnight City, science fiction works like Red Earth, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk. He is the host of Super Pulp Science a podcast about how genre gets made. His newest full length graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal was featured on The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist, and Billboard Magazine.

G.M.B. Chomichuk's profile page

iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (she/her/hers) is, among many other things, an artist–a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry, and prose. She has performed hundreds of shows in Canada and around the world, including at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, in New York City at the Met and in Central Park, for the King and Queen of Sweden, at Reeperbahn in Germany, and at Border Crossing’s Origins Festival in England. Her name, iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (pronounced iss-kway), is short for waseskwan iskwew, which means “blue sky woman.” iskwē is Cree Métis from Treaty 1 Territory, and was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is an urban Indigenous Two-Spirit woman from the Red River Valley, the birthplace of the Métis Nation.

iskwe's profile page

Erin Leslie is a 25-year-old digital artist who has spent her life drawing and finding inspiration for her work in the world around her. She aspires to design video games that feature stories about women of colour, LGBT and gender minorities, and other stories too often left untold in an industry that has been long overdue for a refreshing dose of diversity.

Erin Leslie's profile page


  • Winner, Winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/GRAPHIC NOVEL Category at the 2017 Manitoba Book Awards

Editorial Reviews

"I would recommend this book to anyone who likes graphic novels that are gritty, nonfiction, or emotional. Or to everyone, because it's that good!"


"Absolutely unforgettable! Will I See? addresses the topic of violence against women with beauty and power. The black and white images are realistic, but there is also a dreamlike quality to them. Swaths of red add a dramatic flair, implying violence and death. Will I See? has a strong emotional affect and is best suited for teens and older readers."


Will I See? is a powerful, evocative story that is amplified by visually stunning graphics. Through the eyes and actions of a teenage girl who resides with her Nokomis in a large city, the graphic novel speaks to the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

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