Authors’ talk at MHS today: ‘Thunderous’ graphic novel tells story of ‘a girl who lost her way’

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

Two close friends and award-winning Montana poets wrote a young-adult graphic novel, “Thunderous,” that was recently recognized at the National Book Festival.

Co-authors Mandy L. Smoker and Natalie Peeterse will talk about the book’s origins and their collaboration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Montana Historical Society.

This beautiful book, illustrated by Navajo artist Dale Deforest, was published in April by Curiosity Ink and Dynamite Entertainment.

“It’s about a Lakota girl who ends up on a journey she didn’t expect,” said Peeterse in a recent IR Zoom interview with the authors.

Natalie Peeterse 

Photo Courtesy of Dean Davis

“She has to recall some really important cultural knowledge from her grandmother…that she needs to fall back on and some really important values like kinship, fortitude and generosity.”

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“We really wanted to highlight some specific Lakota cultural aspects,” added Smoker.

The main character, Aiyana, moves to the city and is desperately trying to fit in and make friends. She’s totally into her cell phone

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