'Ghosts' is the final novel in David Alexander Robertson's The Reckoner trilogy. It is a supernatural murder mystery for young adult readers. The trilogy will resonate with readers, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous through its relatable characters struggling with common teen problems - mental-health, family relationships, and belonging. Robertson is Norway House Cree and well known for his graphic novels and children's books. In 'Ghosts' mysterious murders, shadowy figures, and high school life is hard but death can be harder. Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a forward by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
Surviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, Nehiyaw (Cree) and Trinidadian, with effective illustrations from Metis artist Natasha Donovan brings the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to intermediate and secondary level readers. This 56-page graphic novel in the Debwe Series from Highwater Press presents the story of two teen girls attending an urban high school in Winnipeg.
‘Monsters’ is the second young adult novel in David Robertson’s The Reckoner Trilogy. Norway House Cree author, Robertson is well known for his graphic novels and children’s stories and now this trilogy. In this novel, the story continues and Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer, but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to bubble to the surface.
Keeping Baby Close: Making of a Moss Bag by Dakota Elder Doris Pratt is published by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2018. This two-part book explores the features and purpose of moss bags and includes step-by-step instructions for making a moss bag, accompanied by explanatory photos. Elementary level students will find useful information about the traditional lifestyle of the Plains Nations especially the Dakota.
Moon of the Crusted Snow is an exciting novel from Ojibwe journalist Waubgeshig Rice about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of people living on a northern Ontario First Nation. The book offers a unique perspective of the looming apocalypse as the electricity stops along with cell service and food supplies are running low in the local grocery store. Without warning one fall day the community awakes to find small changes to their daily routines. Set on a contemporary reserve the main characters feature Evan Whitesky, his partner Nicole and their two young children.