Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2022) Featured Review of The Misewa Saga by David A. Robertson

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The Misewa Saga by David A. Robertson
Penguin Random House Canada/Puffin Books
The Barren Grounds (vol. 1)
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
ISBN: 978-0735266100

The Great Bear (vol. 2)
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
ISBN: 978-0735266131

Indigenous foster kids Morgan and Eli have been separated from their families and placed with a white foster couple in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both children feel alone and different from everyone around them at their new home and school, but Morgan and Eli have a secret. They can cross into another world — the land of Askí, where across the Barren Grounds they’ve befriended the talking animal villagers of Misewa. All Eli has to do is draw a picture, staple it to the wall of the attic, and he and Morgan can step into a fantasy land. During their first adventure in Askí, the two meet and befriend a fisher named Ochek, the sole remaining hunter of his starving village. Together, they embark on a weeks-long voyage to discover what has happened to the summer birds that are meant to keep the land alive. As they travel, Morgan begins to learn how to live on the land as her people do, and Eli flourishes with opportunities to share his knowledge. Many dangers await, and even if Morgan and Eli do return home, they must figure out how to explain their long absence. 

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, September 27 Edition

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The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston
Disney-Hyperion / Hachette
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
ISBN: 978-1368014786 

Owen Foster lives a life of luxury and indulgence at his boarding school – until that all comes crashing down in this slow burn mystery. When he finds out that his father has been stealing his clients money and has now vanished, Owen must leave his privileged life behind to move back to his small town where he grew up and live amongst those that his father stole from.

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