Akim Aliu: Dreamer (Original Graphic Memoir) | Scholastic Canada
Our Books


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2023

Akim Aliu: Dreamer (Original Graphic Memoir) Canadian Title

By Greg Anderson Elysée   Illustrated by Karen De la Vega   and Marcus Williams   By Akim Aliu   

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338787603 Paperback
128 Pages | 5.981" x 8.995" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338787627 Ebook
128 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338787610 Hardcover
128 Pages | 6.362" x 9.268" | Ages 12 & Up

This honest, engrossing graphic memoir tells the story of professional athlete and activist Akim Aliu’s incredible life as a hockey prodigy in Canada.

Akim Aliu — also known as “Dreamer” — is a Ukrainian-Nigerian-Canadian professional hockey player whose career took him all around the world and who experienced systemic racism at every turn. Dreamer tells Akim’s incredible story, from being the only Black child in his Ukrainian community, to his family struggling to make ends meet while living in Toronto, to confronting the racist violence he often experienced both on and off the ice. This is a gut-wrenching and riveting graphic novel memoir that reminds us to never stop dreaming, and is sure to inspire young readers everywhere.

“With honesty and courage, Akim Aliu’s Dreamer will inspire readers of all ages to move confidently in the direction of their future.” — Colin Kaepernick