Sycamore’s color work helps establish Bogaert’s mood—panels of trudging through the snow or being unable to start a fire are shown using only black, white and pale blue. Crowded longhouse scenes are reflected in the flames of the fire using palettes of oranges and reds.

—Biblio File

Journey Into Mohawk Country

George O'Connor, illustrated by the author

color by Hilary Sycamore

First Second, September 2006

Grade Range: 7 and up, Age Range: 12 and up

ISBN: 978-1-59643-106-5, ISBN10: 1-59643-106-7,

Graphic Novels, 6 x 8 1/2 inches, 144 pages

Awards: YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens;

NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Copyrighted material here with permission

Sycamore's rich palette of browns, yellows, and purples is critical to the book's emotional resonance, and O'Connor praises her talent and her patience: "She would endure these long conversations with me, filled with many pointless diversions and trivia I had picked up, as I explained what I hoped she could accomplish with the color, and she would come back with something even better than I had envisioned."

Kate Culkin, Publisher's Weekly

O'Connor incorporates rich browns and blues against a black backdrop in the work's panels that include both interior and exterior scenes. Readers can almost feel the extreme cold and the harsh conditions of the region.


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