The first series of its kind, written by a survivor of human trafficking, this graphic novel is an educational vehicle and an important resource that brings awareness and starts a conversation with students and readers of all ages about human trafficking. While created for middle school age students, this book will aide readers of all ages in learning about human trafficking in all of its forms. This book educates readers by sharing real facts about human trafficking throughout the book while entertaining readers with the story of Zoe Carpenter teenage crime fighting super hero and her sidekick Carl a 'shape shifting' boy who morphs into dog form.
From beginning to end each page and all the information on the inner panels has been intentionally planned to help bring the reader insight and awareness about human trafficking, other issues and problems that vulnerable populations face today.
When Zoe morphs and ends up in Annabelle's room, her main enemy at school who has been bullying her, she stops Annabelle from running away, discovers why Annabelle was thinking about leaving home and saves her from becoming a victim of human trafficking, this sends a message about vulnerable populations, also forgiveness, friendship and what can cause bullying.
When Zoe rescues a young trafficked girl and takes her to the police station and her worried mother, the book teaches that rescue can and does happen, one person can make a difference ( a theme through out the book) what parenting can look like and that law enforcement can help.
The main character in the series is Zoe a crime fighting teenager, her sidekick Carl is a young male 'shape shifter' who morphs into dog form, the series intentionally explores gender, and the roles males and females play in the world of super heroes and beyond.
The accompanying teachers guide/curriculum takes this graphic novel resource beyond awareness with added education including lesson plans, links to latest T.I.P. report, statistics, student projects a power point and more. This curriculum will introduce students to the complex issue of human trafficking (also
referred to as a form of modern day slavery). The guide references back to Zoe and the graphic novel.
Volume one addresses human trafficking, bullying, making a difference, fighting for what's right, friendship, advocacy, causes of vulnerability, and much more.
Future volumes include but are not limited to: labor trafficking, immigrant children at borders, building self esteem, family life, media and music influences on young populations and more.