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PRHC August 2022 Kids Key Titles (East)

The Great Bear
The Misewa Saga, Book Two
By (author): David A. Robertson
David A. Robertson


Puffin Canada



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Children: Age (years) 10, Grade (US) 5
Aug 02, 2022
$12.99 CAD


8.25in x 5.62 x 0.62 in | 0.5 lb

Page Count:

240 pages
Puffin Canada
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
First Nations Communities Read Award 2022, Long-listed Silver Birch Award for Fiction 2022, Nominated
In this second book in the Narnia-inspired Indigenous middle-grade fantasy series, Eli and Morgan journey once more to Misewa, travelling back in time.

Back at home after their first adventure in the Barren Grounds, Eli and Morgan each struggle with personal issues: Eli is being bullied at school, and tries to hide it from Morgan, while Morgan has to make an important decision about her birth mother. They turn to the place where they know they can learn the most, and make the journey to Misewa to visit their animal friends. This time they travel back in time and meet a young fisher that might just be their lost friend. But they discover that the village is once again in peril, and they must dig deep within themselves to find the strength to protect their beloved friends. Can they carry this strength back home to face their own challenges?

Series Overview: The Misewa Saga series reflects stories of the sky and the constellations held within its great canvas. The word “misewa” is Cree for “all that is” — elders say that what is above is mirrored below, and this is the connection we have with misewaThe Barren Grounds (Book 1): Fall 2020; The Great Bear (Book 2): Fall 2021; The Stone Child (Book 3): Summer 2022

BUILDING ON THE BUZZ FOR THE BARREN GROUNDS: With a starred review from Kirkus (also a Kirkus 50 Most Anticipated Books of the Fall selection), The Barren Grounds has received a lot of buzz and attention. Dave has been attending festivals and other events all fall; his profile is getting bigger!

AWARD SHORTLISTS (SO FAR): The Barren Grounds was nominated for the 2021 OLA Silver Birch Award and a finalist for the 2021 Saskatchewan’s Diamond Willow Award.

OWL CRATE JUNIOR SELECTION!: The Barren Grounds was included in October’s Owl Crate Junior program.

COMPELLING MIDDLE-GRADE FANTASY: Combining C. S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations, David has written a fantasy adventure that already feels like a classic, complete with talking animals and a journey through the wilderness in an effort to save the world.

INDIGENOUS AUTHOR: David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation.

PUBLISHING ALONGSIDE BOOK 3: The Great Bear will be publishing in paperback alongside the third book in the series, The Stone Child.

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award. The Barren Grounds, the first book in the middle-grade The Misewa Saga series, received a starred review from Kirkus and was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020, as well as a USBBY and Texas Lone Star selection, and nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award. A sought-after speaker and educator, as well as recent recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award, Dave is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg. For more information, visit his website: www.darobertson.ca and follow him on Twitter: @DaveAlexRoberts

Author Residence: Winnipeg, Manitoba

A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Favourite Book of the Year 2021

“A cliffhanger ending compels a return to this absorbing Indigenous fantasy.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“…a fantastical feast.” Winnipeg Free Press

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