MG Lit Online Book Club Fall Lineup

The MGLit Online Book Club is hosted by Kathie and author/educator Colleen Nelson. The fall schedule includes Zoom chats with Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, David A. Robertson, and Heather Fawcett. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you haven’t read the book. You can see past episodes at their website https://mglitbookclub.weebly.com/. You can also find out more about the featured titles below by following the links to their Goodreads descriptions:

Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

The Language of Ghosts by Heather Fawcett

The Barren Grounds

Author: David A. Robertson

Publisher: Puffin Books

Release Date: September 8, 2020

Reviewer: Kathie

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

This is the type of book I’ve been waiting to read. It’s an ownvoices story by a Canadian Indigenous writer that’s inspired by Narnia but based on traditional stories. It’s humorous while still dealing with issues such as the foster system, identity, and the consequences of taking something that doesn’t belong to you. It’s a deep and meaningful story but doesn’t come across as overly heavy. Writing this story as a fantasy is a unique way to communicate the racism and colonialism that Indigenous people face in Canada, and I think using it in a classroom would be extremely valuable.

I will definitely be adding this book to my collection, and I look forward to reading the next in the Misewa Saga. David also has a number of other published books. He has several YA graphic novels, his picture book is the Governor General winning WHEN WE WERE ALONE, and my personal favorites are YA books from The Reckoner trilogy. THE RECKONER RISES, which comes out on October 20th, is a graphic novel which continues this series.

David will also be the guest for the MG Lit Online Book Club on October 29th at 6PM CST; everyone is welcome to attend.

Recommended: Gr. 5-8