WHEN WE WERE ALONE by JULIE FLEET - INDIGENOUS READS
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Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award!
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 the girl asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when all of these things were taken away.
Also available in a bilingual Swampy Cree/English edition. Download the free teacher guide on the Portage & Main Press website.
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 KÃwew, which won the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast.
A sought-after speakerand educator, David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.
Julie Flett is a Swampy Cree and Red River MÃ©tis author, illustrator and artist. She has received numerous awards for her picture books, including the Governor General's Award for When We Were Alone and On The Trapline (written by David A. Robertson), the American Indian Library Association Award for Little You (writtenby Richard Van Camp) and a BolognaRagazzi Award special mention for We Sang You Home (also written by Richard Van Camp). She is the three-time recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Award. Her picture book Birdsong was awarded the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for 2020 and Wild Berries was chosen as Canada's First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2014-2015.