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When We Were Alone

Written by & illustrated by Julie Flett
Published by Highwater Press
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Narrated by a young girl, Robertson shows a conversation between girl and grandmother, a conversation centered around grandmother teaching the girl about her time in a residential school. Though the topic is certainly dark, Robertson handles it very gently, as a real grandmother might when broaching it with her young granddaughter.

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When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.

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Who Illustrated When We Were Alone

Julie Flett

<strong>Julie Flett</strong> studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book <i>Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L’alphabet di Michif</i>. Julie is Cree-M&eacutetis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

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