The Texas Library Association announced their 2021 Lone Star Reading List which encourages students in grades 6-8 to explore a variety of recently published books. We would like to congratulate David A. Robertson whose fantastic middle grade novel, The Barren Grounds, is one of the few Canadian titles on the list.
The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga #1
By David A. Robertson
256 Pages | Ages 10+ | Hardcover
ISBN 9780735266100 | Puffin Canada
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.
Tundra Books is exhibiting at TLA Annual Conference for the first time this year and we’d love for you to give us a big Texas welcome.
Please say hello to our wonderful marketing and publicity manager, Vikki VanSickle and our marketing and publicity coordinator, Sylvia Chan at booth #2505. We’re nestled between Penguin Random House and Publishers Weekly, a cozy spot! Vikki and Sylvia will be happy to tell you about our new and upcoming books or to answer any questions you may have.
While you’re at our booth, you can also pick up the following for your libraries:
Activity Kits: Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation, It’s Great Being a Dad, and Count Your Chickens
ARCs: The Bonaventure Adventures, Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom, Maud, The Painting, Mort Ziff Is Not Dead, Innocent Heroes, and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe
Art prints: Little Blue Chair, How to Make Friends with a Ghost, and When the Moon Comes
Bookmarks: Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom, Maud, and The Bonaventure Adventures
Educators’ Guides: Innocent Heroes
Father’s Day cards: It’s Great Being a Dad
Lanyards: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
Postcards: Carson Crosses Canada and The Fog
Posters: Sam Sorts, Can You Find My Robot’s Arm?, and Great Ideas Series
Puzzles: Where Oliver Fits
Tote bags: Tundra’s 50 anniversary!
And of course, we have an author signing! Jo Ellen Bogart will be there signing Count Your Chickens on Friday while quantities last.
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