Category: Book
By (author): Robertson, David A.
Series: The Reckoner
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Magical Realism
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Aboriginal & Indigenous
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Mental Illness
Audience: young adult
Awards: Won McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award: Older Category  Winner
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Published: October 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 255
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.62in
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From The Publisher*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.

Monsters is the second novel in David A. Robertson's The Reckoner trilogy. It is the follow-up to Strangers.
From The Publisher*Mysterious murders, shadowy figures and high school-life is hard for Cole Harper.
Review Quote*"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. ****/4

- Ann Ketcheson, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Review Quote*"The so unexpected that readers will eagerly anticipate a third volume. A satisfying continuation of a moody, stylish series."- Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*" Robertson's knack for writing distinct teenage voices also provides important character development - a tough requirement for the middle volume of any trilogy, in which plot resolution is usually minimal. The dialogue between Cole and his friends also uncovers the different ways in which folks grieve both those they've lost and the culture they've left behind. "
- Nyala Ali, Winnipeg Free Press
Review Quote*"... without spoiling the ending, readers need to be prepared for David A. Robertson's plot twist. A monster may be revealed, seemingly tying up a plot line, but 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."

- Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians
Review Quote*Featured on CBC Books' "The best Canadian YA and children's literature of 2018":
Review Quote*Monsters was chosen by CBC Books for gift list, 13 books for the sci-fi and fantasy lover on your list ...
Review Quote*

I previously reviewed David Robertson's "Strangers" the first book of [The] Reckoner series.

This book, "Monsters," is the second installment to his young adult series.

I absolutely love this author's "voice." His writing style is clear and precise and easy to enjoy.  His word usage is mesmerizing and before you know it, you've read the whole book and want more. I love the imagery he conjures and the careful character development he uses to bring the reader into his MC's head and circumstances.

This is an author I plan on following and hopefully will interview in the future. He's an award winning writer for his book, "When We Were Alone" a book that won him the Governor General's Award; and, "Will I See?" This work won him the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category.

His writing about Indigenous Peoples in Canada illuminates their culture, histories, communities, and relevant contemporary issues.  In this series, he approaches subjects about belonging, bullying, differences, acceptance and more.

Biographical NoteDavid A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General's Award winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award nominee), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category), and the YA novel Strangers (winner of The Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada's Indigenous Peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.