The Barren Grounds (Exclusive OwlCrate Jr Edition)
Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous kids in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are feeling disconnected from their culture, each other, kids at school, and their new foster parents -- until they find a secret portal that opens to another reality. Aski is a frozen, barren land, home to Ochek the hunter, and his community. In order to find food, they embark on a dangerous mission to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything -- including them!
The Barren Grounds is the first in an epic new fantasy series for David A. Robertson.
This edition features:
- Exclusive gold foil on cover
- Signed bookplate from David A Robertson
- Author letter from David A. Robertson
- The Barren Grounds temporary tattoos
Featured in the October 2020 'Epic Quests' OwlCrate Jr box.
Photos by: @babs.books (from Instagram)
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- Marie A.10 months agoRated 5 out of 5 starsA dark story bursting with hopes
The Barren Grounds is a fantastic read on so many accounts. The characters and their emotional journey, while their reality is far from mine, were relatable. The intrigue was well waid and took me on quite an adventure while the parallel world came to life on the pages. Using the parallel world trope to address the experience of the main characters, mostly Morgan, stuck between the edge of two cultures was brilliant.
I think this book is a great way to introduce younger readers to alternate worldviews and to some harsh experiences such as the foster system, especially for Indigenous kids, deculturation and intergenerational trauma. If you are looking for a place to start or, hopefully continue, a dialogue on those subjects, this is a great read for that. But the story and the Misewa world can definitely be appreciated beyond that. I haven't read the sequel yet, but I can't wait to find what more is in store for Morgan and Eli, and the other world, Misewa.