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On the Trapline by David A. Robertson
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On the Trapline by David A. Robertson
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May 04, 2021 | ISBN 9780735266681

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WINNER of the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books!

Named one of School Library Journal‘s Caldenott Books (2021)
A CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
— Starred Pick
A Horn Book 2021 Best Kids Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids (2021)
A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Favourite Book of the Year (2021)
A Quill & Quire Kids’ Book of the Year (2021)
An American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Book of 2021
An Evanston Public Library Blueberry List pick

“An outstanding contribution to the literature about family, intergenerational friendship, remembrance, community, Indigenous experience, and more.”  —STARRED REVIEW, The Horn Book

“Robertson’s text is as spare as Flett’s artwork, leaving plenty of space for readers to feel the emotions evoked by both.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“A deeply affecting journey of memory and history.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

“This second collaboration between the Governor-General’s Award-winning writer-illustrator team — who share common Cree ancestry — focuses on the connection between a boy and his moshom (grandpa) as they travel by plane, foot and boat to the northern wilderness, where a young moshom once lived off the land with his family.” Globe and Mail

“There are many lessons to be learned in this gentle story about intergenerational respect and relationships, both with people and the land.” Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“[A] powerful story well told in an understated manner.” CM: Canadian Review of Materials

On the Trapline is a stunning picture book that highlights Indigenous values, including the deep connections to family and the land.” —Mutually Inclusive


Governor General’s Literary Awards – Children’s Literature – Illustration WINNER 2021

Chocolate Lily Award NOMINEE 2023

Shining Willow Award NOMINEE 2022

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year SELECTION 2022

Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award FINALIST 2022

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