Puffin Canada

September 2020



The Barren Grounds

David A. Robertson

Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author David A. Robertson’s new novel revolves around two Indigenous children, Morgan and Eli, who live in foster care. One day, they find a portal to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek teaches them traditional ways to survive. As the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission before winter freezes everything, including them.