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Two Tribes



Publisher & Publication Year

Heartdrum, 2023

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Emily Bohen Cowen (Muscogee Creek Nation/Jewish)

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Mia is a Muscogee-Jewish tween living in California with her mom and stepfather. Wanting to know more about her Muscogee heritage and get to know her father better, Mia secretly travels to Oklahoma to visit. While there, she reconnects with her Oklahoma relatives, learns about her culture, and attends a powwow. Mia ultimately faces the consequences of her actions, and learns how to advocate for herself.

Notable Achievements

American Booksellers Association September/October 2023 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview; Jewish Women’s Archive Book Pick, 2023-2024


Publishers Weekly: “In Mia’s struggle to reconcile her ancestries, the creator develops a credible portrayal of self-image and acceptance.”

Kirkus Reviews: "he story is well crafted, with Jewish and Muscogee beliefs integrated to great effect and art that enhances the text. A powerful graphic novel about honoring every part of our identity."

School Library Journal: "A must-purchase for young readers everywhere on how to learn about, be empowered by, and embrace one’s identity."

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