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About the Author
Marty Wilson-Trudeau is an Anishinaabe Kwe writer originally from M'Chigeeng, ON. She is a drama teacher at St. Charles College in Sudbury, ON. She is a mother to two wonderful sons, Brandan and Phoenix Wilson.
Phoenix Wilson is an Anishinaabe actor and dancer and is very proud of who he is. Phoenix started dancing ballet at age three, grass dancing at age five, and acting at age six. He can be seen in such projects as Longmire, Letterkenny, and the critically acclaimed movie Wild Indian. Phoenix is currently in Grade 11 where he excels in all his classes and has ambitions of becoming a corporate lawyer.
Megan Kyak-Monteith, from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, is an Inuk illustrator and painter. Graduating from NSCAD University in 2019, she currently lives and works from Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her illustrative projects, she works most often with Indigenous stories.
"In this personal-feeling family story, Wilson-Trudeau gives loving voice to the early experiences of her child Wilson, who also contributes... In saturated pinks and purples, Kyak-Monteith's portrait-oriented art offers warmth to an individual narrative about acceptance, authenticity, and identity."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"In a beautiful affirming story, Marty Wilson-Trudeau with Phoenix Wilson and Megan Kyak-Monteith share Phoenix's story in Phoenix Gets Greater, showing readers that greatness comes from within."-- "Storytime with Stephanie"
"With bright, expressive illustrations, incorporating pinks, blues and purples, this picture book is drawn from real-life Phoenix's childhood and co-written with his mother. Even though Phoenix's story is deeply personal, the themes of embracing who you are and the meaningfulness of a family's unconditional love will resonate widely."--Shelle Rosenfeld "Booklist"