The Barren Grounds

The Barren Grounds

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"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, Askí, 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".--Page [2] of cover.
Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780735266100
Branch Call Number: ROBER
Characteristics: 247 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 06, 2021

A fantasy book featuring two Cree foster children who travel to another world where animals can talk. Our young protagonists learn to honor their heritage and land, learn to face their own challenges, and realize we are all connected. Book 1 of a series.

VaughanPLKatherine Mar 03, 2021

I enjoyed this fantasy about two Indigenous foster children who find a portal to another world in the attic of their foster home. I would say this is very adventurous yet reflective. It is the first book in a new series, and I am looking forward to the next!

Nov 01, 2020

Finding a portal into another world is the dream of every kid. For Morgan and Eli, a well-drawn sketch of the Barren Lands transports the two into a parallel world in need of their help. The Barren Lands are in perpetual winter and its walking, talking animals are running out of food. Morgan and Eli stay to help find the Green Time and return the birds who were taken by the last human visitor. The promise of a Narnia-level allegory just did not come through in my opinion. This is most certainly a promising start to a new series. I would love to have Eli's story developed further and perhaps we will see that in Book 2. We also need to find out why Morgan was taken from her mother at the age of 3.

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