Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend
Dawn Quigley, illustrated by Tara Audibert
Hello/Boozhoo — meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humour, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.
Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn—about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly.
Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she's worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore. (From Heartdrum)
Dawn Quigley is an author, poet and academic. She is of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe.
Tara Audibert is a New Brunswick multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, cartoonist, animator and podcaster of Wolastoqey/French heritage. She was a contributor to This Place, an anthology of comics featuring the work of Indigenous creators as they retell the history of Canada of the past 150 years.
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