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The Song That Called Them Home by David A. Robertson
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Apr 04, 2023 | ISBN 9780735266704

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One of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids for 2023
One of the Chicago Public Library’s Best Fiction for Young Readers for 2023
One of CBC’s Best Canadian Books for Kids and Teen for 2023

PRAISE FOR The Song That Called Them Home:

“A gorgeous story inspired by Indigenous legends that will lead intrepid readers on a watery adventure.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“This gorgeous story, beautifully told, captures the magic of legend and family while introducing readers to a piece of folklore they may not have been exposed to previously.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Tinged with mystery and peril, Robertson’s adventure underlines a family bond and anchoring traditions, while digitally crafted, kinetic art from McKibbon . . . visualizes the memekwesewak as ghostly underwater creatures surrounded by saturated natural landscapes.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] satisfying story about the strength of family bonds, persistence, and determination.” —The Horn Book Magazine

“The text cogently conveys the Memekwesewak’s initial threat without necessarily villainizing them, and there’s a familiar comfort in the story’s trajectory as two lost kids are called home by family love and tradition. The straightforward prose is unadorned, leaving the digital art to flesh out the otherworldly realm of the little people, and it does so with great success.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Dazzling. . . . [A] compelling and dynamic adventure featuring young humans and the mischievous Memekwesewak. . . . The potent partnership of author and artist skillfully honors and celebrates both family and folklore.” —Shelf Awareness

“This book is a wonderful introduction to Indigenous storytelling, and I imagine kids will want to learn more after reading this story.” —Young Adulting

“Every element in the book is quiet but resonant. There are no direct references to the power of family, but there is a reassuring tone. Even when the children are under threat, the beating drum of their grandfather’s song leads them to safety.” —Imaginary Elevators

“Robertson’s text and McKibbin’s illustrations are in perfect harmony here. . . . The Song That Called Them Home brings Indigenous mythology into the contemporary world and speaks to the importance and power of family. The exciting story and the beautiful visuals will make this a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials


Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award FINALIST 2023

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