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Monsters

by David A. Robertson

tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, paranormal, occult & supernatural, magical realism, superheroes, mental illness
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list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Oct 2018
pages: 255
ISBN:9781553797487
publisher: Portage & Main Press
imprint: HighWater Press
Description

“The ending...is so unexpected that readers will eagerly anticipate [the] third volume.”—Kirkus Reviews

Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to 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.

About the Author

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.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
15 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Winner, <DIV>Winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award: Older Category </DIV>
Editorial Reviews

without spoiling the ending, readers need to be prepared for David A. Robertson's plot twist...Monsters closes out with a shock and a gasp that will have readers waiting for Book Three in the series, Ghosts, to learn how Cole, the Reckoner, is able to make peace for himself and Wounded Sky. Spring 2019 can't come soon enough.

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

Cole, 17, is an interesting main character caught in a web of deception and surrounded by threatening people and circumstances. One of the main themes of the book is Cole’s mental health and his need to deal with sometimes crippling anxiety. There are times he can talk himself down, times he needs medication and times that the support from his friends help him cope. Robertson speaks from personal experience, and so his portrayal of Cole is filled with realism as well as understanding and empathy.

Highly Recommended.

— CM Association

The ending...is so unexpected that readers will eagerly anticipate a third volume. A satisfying continuation of a moody, stylish series.

— Kirkus Reviews