Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Published by High-water Press
Grade: for grades 9–12
Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. Betty represents one of almost 1,200 Indigenous women in Canada who have been murdered or gone missing.
This book is a true account. Content may be disturbing to some readers.
Betty is one of the most powerful graphic novels I’ve ever read. Its gorgeous illustrations only make the brutality of this true story pop to life off the page. David Robertson is a huge talent. He’s the real deal and his work needs to be read by all Canadians.
– Joseph Boyden