If I Go Missing

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

If I Go Missing is derived from excerpts of a letter that went viral and was also the basis of a documentary film. In her letter, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate missing Indigenous people and urges them to “not treat me as the Indigenous person I am proud to be” if she were to be reported missing. Indigenous artist Neal Shannacappo provides the artwork. Through his illustrations, he imagines a situation in which a young Indigenous woman does disappear, portraying the reaction of her community, her friends, the police, and media.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, High/Low, Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN012040, YAN038010, YAN051270
Dewey 346.15
Dimensions 9.5 x 8.5
Lexile 1100
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Brianna Jonnie

Brianna Jonnie is an Ojibwe. Brianna has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Vice-Regal award and the Make a Difference community award for her volunteer work.

Illustrator: Nshannacappo

Nshannacappo is a Nakawe (Saulteaux) from Ditibineya-ziibiing (Rolling River First Nations). He's an artist, graphic novelist, poet, writer, and contributed to the anthologies Sovereign Traces Volumes 1 and 2.



“Jonnie’s words put a personal face on this critical issue, and they will resonate with readers long after the last page.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Jonnie, Shingoose, and Shannacappo train a poignant spotlight onto the difficulties Indigenous women face. Every library should have a copy of this potent work.”—starred, School Library Journal