David A. Robertson
David A. Robertson (he/him/his) is the 2021 recipient of the Writer’s Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award. He is the author of more than 25 books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won a Governor General’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. David’s most recent works include the graphic novel Breakdown (The Reckoner Rises, Vol. 1), middle grade novel The Barren Grounds, children’s book On the Trapline, and memoir Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory. He is also the writer and host of the podcast Kíwew, which won the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast.
A sought-after speaker and educator, David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.
Books by David A. Robertson
In this compiled, full-colour edition of the 7 Generations series, Edwin must discover his family’s past if he is to have a future. Following one Plains Cree family over three centuries, 7 Generations explores the life of a young warrior, a smallpox epidemic, the residential school system, and intergenerational legacies.
Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She moved to The Pas, Manitoba, to attend high school. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. This is her story.
When Cole becomes mired in terrifying visions, Eva must harness her new powers to investigate Mihko without him. Are Cole’s visions just troubled dreams, or are they leading him to a horrible truth?
Cole Harper is dead. Mihko Laboratories has reopened the research facility and works to manufacture and weaponize the illness that previously plagued Wounded Sky. People are missing, and the community has been quarantined. What deal did Eva strike with Choch? Who will defeat Reynold and Mihko? Time is running out.
A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does kókom have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As the girl asks questions, kókom shares her experiences in a residential school, when all of these things were taken away.
A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic has been locked down by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets bubble to the surface. Can Cole learn the truth about his father's death? Why won't Choch give him a straight answer? Where the heck is Jayne? Oh, and high school sucks.
This collection of contemporary poetry, art, and narrative supports K–12 teachers in connecting with Indigenous voices and perspectives, bringing Indigenous works in their classrooms, and creating equitable teaching practices.
Inspired by true events, this story shares the awe-inspiring resilience of Elder Betty Ross. At a residential school, Betsy is forced to endure abuse and indignity, but her father’s words give her the strength and determination to survive. This edition brings David A. Robertson’s national bestseller to life in full colour.
Alice is a single mother raising her daughters on the rez where she grew up. Life has never been easy, but she's managed to get by. When an unthinkable loss occurs, Alice is forced to confront truths that will challenge her belief in herself and the world she thought she knew.
Reissued with a new story and a foreword by Shelagh Rogers.
In Breakdown, Cole and Eva confronted Mihko head-on. When a vicious battle with Mihko’s newest test subject leaves Cole close to death, Eva is forced to continue their investigation without him. What new terrors has Mihko created? Can they be stopped? And can Eva find Brady before it's too late?
A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As she asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when these things were taken away.