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When We Were Alone

by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett

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list price: $15.00
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published: Feb 2017
ISBN:9781553797012
imprint: HighWater Press
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When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.

When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award in the Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books) category, and is nominated for the TD Canadian's Children's Literature Award.

About the Authors
David Alexander Robertson is an award-winning graphic novelist and writer who has long been an advocate for educating youth on Indigenous history and contemporary issues. He has created several graphic novels, including his newest series, Tales From Big Spirit, as well as the bestselling 7 Generations series. He was a contributor to the anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (2012) and is currently working on the upcoming novel, The Reckoner. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, was published in fall 2014. David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and five children, where he works in the field of Indigenous education.
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Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor Genera's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L'alphabet di Michif). Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.
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Contributor Notes

David Alexander Robertson is an award-winning graphic novelist and writer who has long been an advocate for educating youth on Indigenous history and contemporary issues. He has written several graphic novels, including the bestselling 7 Generations series and Sugar Falls. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, was winner of On the Same Page (2016). David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and five children, where he works in the field of Indigenous education.

Julie Flett is an illustrator and artist of Cree-Métis descent. She studied fine arts at Concordia University (Montreal) and Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver). She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet(L’alphabet di Michif); her book Wild Berries/Pakwa che Menisu was chosen as the First Nation Communities READ title selection for 2014–2015 and the first-time recipient of the 2014 Aboriginal Literature Award.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Editorial Reviews

Spare, poetic, and moving, this Cree heritage story makes a powerful impression.
—Kirkus Reviews


A quiet story…of love and resistance.… Flett’s collage illustrations, with their simplicity and earthy colors, are soulful and gentle….  All readers will connect with how Nókom lives in celebration of colors, her long hair, her language, and, most of all, her family.
—The Horn Book Magazine, a starred review


Wow! Beautiful, painful, and shining with truth and dignity. Bravo!
—Richard Van Camp, Author


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