From the Roots Up is the second volume in the Surviving the City series by Tasha Spillett-Sumner (she/her/hers who draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines, and illustrated by Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. In From the Roots Up, Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue. Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home. Dez is navigating a new relationship and coming into her identity as a Two-Spirit person while Miikwan is developing her own new relationship but will she learn how to be a supportive ally to her best friend? Elder Linda is doing her best to be supportive, but she doesn’t know how to respond when the gendered protocols she’s grown up with are being thrown into question.