About this project

Heroes coming of age... and changing history.

A series of historical novels like this is refreshing, and much-needed…
Lauren E. Snyder / Bookseller, Malaprop Books

“The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter” delivers a wealth of original illustrations by rising artists Serena Malyon, Niklas Frostgard, and Oliver Ryan. The story’s dramatic visuals range from painterly portraits to storybook landscapes and moody cinematic action sequences. Innovative design by Dennis Umaly of Javelin Design.

A Book on a Mission

The substantive and colorful treatment of history in “The Boatman’s Daughter” fills a timely and gaping need: our schools are facing a crisis in teaching history.

“More and more,” warns the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “our students graduate from an American college without a basic grasp of our history.” A national study of more than 1,000 colleges and universities found that 80 percent of our colleges do not require students to take a foundational course in American history. One out of four students cannot find the Pacific Ocean on a map.

‘Engineering the Empire’

This is historical fiction with a cause: the author sets out to depict the rise and fall of empires through the perspective of the working men and women who built them. This commitment to show the people’s history as well as ‘history from above’ follows in the tradition of historians like Howard Zinn and Stephen Ambrose.

Following such innovative graphic novels as Persepolis, “The Boatman’s Daughter” gives readers an adventure grounded in historical conflict and imperial ambition.

Multicultural characters. Global history with clear links to world history classrooms.

The back-story to today’s headlines. “The Boatman’s Daughter” shows the origins of the modern Middle East, and the Orient’s clash with Westerners.

The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter

A girl of the Nile fights corruption to help build the Suez Canal

Author: Tom Durwood
Illustrators: Serena Malyon, Niklas Frostgard, Oliver Ryan, Faustine Dumontier, Ardalan Izanian, Kevin Fleeman, Devin Korwin, Zelda Devon
ISBN: 978-1-952520-00-6 (ebook) 978-1-952520-02-0 (Paperback)
Formats: Print-on-demand, ebook
Release Date: Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Pages: 144
Young adult
Historical fiction
Adventure fiction
Illustrated fiction