The Outside Circle

The Outside Circle

A Graphic Novel

Paperback - 2015
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Pete, a young Aboriginal gang member, is sent to jail for killing his mother's boyfriend during a fight. While there, he realizes that he has become a negative influence on his younger brother and decides to turn his life around with the help of traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : House of Anansi Press, Inc., 2015.
ISBN: 9781770899384
9781770899377
1770899375
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations, genealogical table ; 26 cm

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SquamishLibraryStaff Aug 13, 2017

Reconciliation can only begin where there is understanding. This graphic novel is phenomenal in that regard. A beautifully illustrated, heart-breaking look at a First Nations family torn apart by their burden of their legacy, and the powerful way they heal themselves through a program called 'In Search of Your Warrior'. Presenting this story as a graphic novel is an excellent way to illustrate some of the more esoteric concepts, and overall, this story resonates. This should be required reading for all Canadian high school students. A powerful story

BookReviewer2015 Sep 17, 2016

A hard hitting and hopeful story about a young Aboriginal man trying to make a positive change in his and his family's life.

mmilanow May 20, 2016

A very thought-provoking read and a beautifully executed look into the very real hardships affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. As readers follow the protagonist, Pete, on his healing journey, they too gain a better understanding of how the legacy of residential schools and government intervention in Aboriginal families has negative consequences that filter through generations. I was also affected by the fact that the story is set in Edmonton, which highlighted the realness and immediacy of the issue.
This graphic novel offers some very important education and I hope that many, many people read, enjoy, and learn from it.

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Kmum1
May 06, 2016

Having never read a graphic novel before, didn't know what I was in for. I enjoyed this book and finished it in a day (a record me me!). There is real substance to this book and I appreciated the history that was told.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 04, 2016

The Outside Circle is a graphical novel and a visual representation about what the native Americans have had to endure while living in Canada. The Outside Circle follows two brothers undergoing the reality which they face as being Native. The story is personal, heartfelt, authentic, painful, unflinching, accessible, eye-opening, stark, infuriating, clear-headed, sincere, wise, spirited, empowering, transcending, important. It’s the kind of story at least everybody living in North America should have heard and watched and read many times before, yet strangely most of us never have. The art work shows so much meaning just in color. This novel is for anyone who wants to understand the problems which Aboriginals are faced with and is definitely a story which should be shared.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mclarjh
Mar 26, 2016

The illustrations remind me of a comic book. The story and dialogue are disappointing. An important topic, but poorly executed.

bibliotechnocrat Jan 22, 2016

From the 2016 Canada Reads Longlist comes this striking graphic novel about Pete, a young First Nations man caught in a cycle of poverty, violence and trauma. Ending up in prison, Pete realizes that he must make changes in order to survive and to be an example for his younger brother. It’s a hard-hitting but hopeful story, beautifully illustrated and beautifully told.

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becker
Jan 10, 2016

The author did a great job telling this story, but the message was a bit coarse and in your face for my personal taste. I prefer a story that has some nuance and makes me think. This story hits you between the eyes, which is probably exactly what it was meant to do. It's just not a good style for me but I still think it was well done. I thought the symbolism of the mask was very clever.

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mogie
Jan 09, 2016

This was the first graphic novel that I have ever read. An important read that explains the trauma and experiences of Canada's Aboriginal people artfully done. A great concept that addresses deep issues and makes them accessible to readers.

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kathy7777
Jan 04, 2016

A must read for everyone.

On the long list for 2016 CBC Canada Reads.

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