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David A. Robertson (1)

Author of When We Were Alone

For other authors named David A. Robertson, see the disambiguation page.

David A. Robertson (1) has been aliased into David Alexander Robertson.

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Works by David A. Robertson

Works have been aliased into David Alexander Robertson.

When We Were Alone (2016) 383 copies
The Barren Grounds (2020) 305 copies
On the Trapline (2021) 110 copies
The Great Bear (2021) 73 copies
The Stone Child (2022) 61 copies
Strangers (The Reckoner) (2017) 58 copies
The Theory of Crows (2022) 38 copies
Monsters (2018) 29 copies
Ghosts (2019) 19 copies
Breakdown (2020) 12 copies

Associated Works

Works have been aliased into David Alexander Robertson.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids (2021) — Contributor — 302 copies
Take Us to a Better Place: Stories (2018) — Contributor — 32 copies


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Excellent. Compelling story, very well-written, steers cleverly away from cliches. Solid mystery plot, engaging main and supporting characters. Am looking forward to the sequel (glad I didn't know there would be one when I read it, as it kept the tension higher!)
EDIT: This is now the first in a trilogy. Strangers, Monster, Ghost.
Dorothy2012 | 2 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
I have to honor the author for revealing his life, his emotions, his hopes, his family. A child of mixed cultures, his mother took the children to live separately from their father for about 10 years, a critical time in his development. This is not a novel to be read for escapism.
As I've said in other reviews, I am not interested in books that are introspective. This book primarily lives in the author's head. He spends many chapters describing his anxiety, his sense of loss. He spends so much time repeating his memories and lamenting how few he has. I lament it also, as he repeats the same meager scenes more than once. He talks about how his "recontextualization of my childhood has altered how I view myself as a Cree person." (p.173) and the importance of knowing your traditional language as a direct connection with your heritage.
OK, I get it.
Finally, chapter 13 had them arrive at the family trapline, just barely in time for the end of the book.
I guess I was misled by the jacket blurb which called this 'a father-son journey to the northern trapline where Robertson and his father will reclaim their connection to the land". No, they didn't move up there and start trapping.
Misled by the reviewer who stated "rich in lore and insight and compassion". Well, there was plenty of insight, and he did describe his compassion for what his mother went thru, and respected family member's privacy by not sharing everything. But the only lore shared was the same snippet.
Misled by "mesmerizing...and tremendously gorgeous" said by Cherie Dimaline, the author of 'The Marrow Thieves' (which I was mesmerized by).
Another person might connect with this book, but not me.
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juniperSun | Mar 21, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The amazing saga continues! I still recommend starting at the beginning so that you feel more of the emotional aspects of their adventures and revisiting characters from the first two books in the series. It is probably best for older children or young teens, but I still really appreciated it as an adult and was able to finish it quickly. This book is uniquely indigenous in its storytelling, and brings such a fun fantasy perspective to the children's real life experiences. Kind of reminiscient of Narnia Chronicles, where the children go on fantastic adventures while learning important lessons for life.
I received a free copy for my review, but that didn't influence this perspective.
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kenagurl | 20 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
Two middle-school aged Indigenous children in foster care, both removed from their parents, find family in each other on a fantasy quest. I enjoyed the fantasy/mythological quest part of the story and the developing relationship between the two foster siblings, Morgan and Eli. A wide variety of social issues were tackled in a non-threatening way, especially the practice of ripping Indigenous children from their families and putting them in foster care and the hoarding and wasting of wealth/resources. I think my sons would have really enjoyed this book in middle school. Nicely written.… (more)
bschweiger | 16 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |



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