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The barren grounds / David A Robertson.


Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home -- until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Aski, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything -- including them.

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  • ISBN: 9780735266100 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 247 pages : illustration ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: [Toronto] : Puffin, [2020]
Subject: Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Indigenous children > Juvenile fiction.
Foster home care > Juvenile fiction.
Topic Heading: SRC 2023
Indigenous collection.
Coast Reads 2022 > Sunshine Coast (B.C.)
First Nations
First Nations
Indigenous people of Canada

Available copies

  • 19 of 24 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.


  • 2 current holds with 24 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library J Robe (Text) 33294002096592 Juvenile Fiction Volume hold Available -

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