Captive of Friendly Cove

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2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Best Adaptation from Another Medium

Based on John Jewitt’s journals, this artful book of historical fiction recounts an amazing slice of history 
After his ship is burned and his shipmates killed, John Jewitt lived as a captive of the Mowachaht Indians for three years on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Readers can follow Jewitt’s adventures in this graphic novel as he plies his skills as a blacksmith, saves the life of his only remaining crew member, and comes up with a strategy to free them both.


Rebecca Goldfield is an award-winning writer and producer of documentary films and graphic novels. Her work has aired on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV, NPR, PBS, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others. She was a contributor to the Harvey–nominated graphic novel, District Comics. She lives in New York City and Washington, DC. Mike Short is an artist and was a contributor to the Eisner–nominated graphic anthology, Trickster. He lives in Lorton, Virginia.


"Fans of graphic novels and real life stories plucked from the history books should be drawn to read Captive of Friendly Cove: Based on the Secret Journals of John Jewitt." —"A respectful, leisurely paced work of historical fiction." —Kirkus Reviews"This accessible glimpse into a little-known corner of history might help illuminate some of the complexity of a conflict often cast only in black-and-white terms." —Booklist"With both content area subjects in mind and humanitarian themes pulsating throughout this memorable and conversation-enticing graphic novel will find a permanent home in middle school and high school classrooms and libraries for years to come." —"This is remarkable historical fiction presented as a vibrant journalistic account, replete with vivid, unforgettable details to please readers of all ages." —Historical Novel Society"Captive of Friendly Cove is an adventure tale that a reader will not want to put down. Highly Recommended." —Val Ken Lem, Collections Librarian, Ryerson University, Toronto ON"The artwork is stunning, giving us a visual of the Island and the people, and what a wonderful way to experience the history and the geography. And the writing is a terrific example of creative nonfiction. The historical and cultural facts are true, but presented in a compelling story." —"[Rebecca Goldfield and Mike Short] give life to the story and tell it in a clear and compelling way . . . aided by impressive inks from Matt Dembicki and a gorgeous color palette from Evan Keeling that brings to the page very nicely the beauty of the Pacific Northwest." —"Have you read a graphic novel? If not, why not try this one or get it for a young adult reader you may know." —