Audience:Children: Age (years) 10, Grade (US) 5
Dimensions:8.56in x 5.81 x 0.87 in | 0.82 lb
Page Count:256 pages
PHENOMENAL SUCCESS FOR THE BARREN GROUNDS: With a starred review from Kirkus as well as being selected as a Book of the Year by Kirkus, Quill & Quire, and NPR, The Barren Grounds continues to dominate the CBC bestseller list (even toppling Cherie’s longstanding #1 position with The Marrow Thieves on occasion), as well as leading the way for Indigenous middle-grade fiction in the US, where it was selected for the Texas Lone Star list and just recently named a 2021 Global Read Aloud.
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.
DAVE IS EVERYWHERE: Dave attended festivals and other events all fall — he even lost his voice for a period of time from so much speaking! He was recently (May 2020) a featured speaker at the School Library Journal Day of Dialog.
OWL CRATE JUNIOR SELECTION! The Barren Grounds was included in the October 2020 Owl Crate Junior program, the first CDN published book to be selected. **[confidential] They have also just selected The Great Bear for a limited edition box.**
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.
DEMAND FOR INDIGENOUS AUTHORS INCREASING: A member of the Norway House Cree Nation, Dave is now being sought out by teachers and librarians to speak to their schools.
PAPERBACK EDITION OF BOOK TWO: The Great Bear will be publishing in paperback alongside this edition of The Stone Child.
“Robertson has a lot of narrative balls in the air…but the story’s emotional arc shines true.” —Kirkus Reviews