Strangers

Strangers

When Cole Harper is compelled to return to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and reemerging questions about Cole?s role in the tragedy that drove him away 10 years ago. With the aid of an unhelpful spirit, a disfigured ghost, and his two oldest friends, Cole tries to figure When Cole Harper is compelled to return to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocki...

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Title:Strangers
Author:David Alexander Robertson
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1553796764
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:216 pages pages

Strangers Reviews

  • Bradley  West
    Nov 23, 2018
    Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book. Technically it might be in the YA realm, as it is central characters are YA, yet this is a book that a reader of any age, could relate too and enjoy. Part who-dun-it; part supernatural tale; part love story and part homecoming/ hero rede...
  • Sara
    Aug 17, 2017
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved the premise for this - a YA dystopian future with an indigenous mythological background including a spirit guide coyote who's often disparaging to our young protagonist. It sounded great, and for the most part...
  • Noel
    Feb 23, 2018
    I love how every character in this book seems to hate the main character, Cole. Nobody likes this guy. At 8 or 9 years old, he saved a couple of lives, his friends from a school fire where many children died, essentially and reluctantly earning the title "hero"and in someways "villain"...
  • Laura
    Aug 28, 2017
    How many Canadian detectives are there? How many are First Nation? How many are teenagers? I somehow doubt there are a whole lot there. David Robertson writes Cole as a typical teenage boy, except, as we go further in the novel, we discover he is not typical. That when he saved his...
  • Glaiza
    Dec 02, 2017
    It was great to read a YA urban fantasy/mystery with Cole, an Indigenous (Cree) protagonist who tries to understand his own anxieties both inside and outside of his small town. I'm also a fan of Cole's grandmother with all her wit and wisdom. Review on the blog: https://paperwander...
  • Katherine
    Feb 08, 2019
    Definitely the first book in a series in that it took a long time for it to get going. Once the mystery really kicked in though, it was great. Read it aloud to a class of 8th graders who were bored at first, but didn't want me to stop reading by the time we got to the last ten chapters...
  • Kamisha
    Mar 30, 2018
    Thanks to Netgalley and HighWater Press for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Strangers is the first book in David Alexander Robertson?s The Reckoner series. It follows Cole Harper as he returns to Wounded Sky First Nation after being gone f...
  • Jocelyn
    Nov 16, 2018
    I feel like I should start this review by addressing the fact that I did have some issues with this book and on any other day I might've given Strangers more of a 3 star than a 4, but I was just so damn hooked that I inhaled it in a day. This indie-published Cree ownvoices story captiv...
  • Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
    May 19, 2019
    Hmm. Well the first half was a struggle with the writing, but the second half hooked me in and drew me into the story, the action, the pain and grief and mystery. Strangers is a mystery novel that's secretly a low-key superhero novel, but more on the mutant side of superhero tale...
  • Barbara McEwen
    Jun 25, 2018
    Right up my alley with the First Nations perspective and mythology creating a fresh, unique YA read. It hooked me right away. While I enjoyed the book, I don't feel like a whole lot actually happened in it. I felt it was drawn out too much and needed to be tightened up. I know more boo...
  • Aaron
    Nov 05, 2017
    The first in a promising YA supernatural trilogy, this book is a mystery, but its also about a community constantly dealing with tragedy, and how the individuals cope with this. It takes place in a remote Indigenous community, and features some interesting characters such as a trickste...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Nov 29, 2018
    4.5 stars rounded up. The only reason this amazing indigenous young adult mystery (with a little supernatural) story doesn?t get a full five stars... I hated the very last page. For me the story was perfect, up until a sequel tease was put in . While I knew it was a series, and will ...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 08, 2018
    An exciting entry into the mysteries of Wounded Sky First Nation. I laughed, I gasped, I cried. The book is even loosely based on (view spoiler)[historical traumas in Indigenous history. (hide spoiler)] I don't know how I'll hold out until the next book in the series! ...
  • Karla
    Jun 18, 2018
    I bought this book because of an interview on CBC radio. There is a lot of "Nancy Drew" about it. You may remember .. Nancy finds a clue .. then doesn't follow it up for pages and pages because she has to make an apple pie or something stupid. The reader gets frustrated by this obvious...
  • USOM
    Feb 19, 2018
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Strangers was continually surprising me. Cole as a character was fascinating. There's this genuine painful past and it's only unraveled a fraction in Strangers. At t...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 23, 2019
    I honestly expected to like this. The premise is interesting and I have never not liked something from David Alexander Robertson (this is the tenth book of his I have read according to my GR records). I didn't expect to love this though, and I really did. The story here was really g...
  • Cee
    Feb 14, 2018
    Strangers tells the story of Cole Harper, a teen boy who left his home rez, Wounded Sky, after a devastating fire in the local school. Cole was able, as a 7 year old, to save two of his best friends from the flames but was unable to save any others and is now wracked with guilt and sor...
  • Leanne C
    Nov 03, 2018
    This story is fabulous! It has it all: Mystery, struggles with relationships and mental health, shadowy government 'goings on' and a trickster you love and hate. I like that this book doesn't fit in a box, as far as genres go. I love the world that David A. Robertson created and I am g...
  • Jacinta Carter
    May 16, 2019
    The idea behind this YA novel was interesting and the use of mythology strengthened it a bit. Overall, however, the execution was lacking. Nothing was explored deeply enough, so the characters were all pretty shallow and the action somehow seemed rushed while simultaneously dragging. T...
  • Enid Wray
    Nov 17, 2018
    Love this book! Oh how I love David Robertson?s work, and oh how I love a good trickster story? and coyote is my favourite of the lot, Nanabush being a close second. And I?m so not disappointed. Thriller. Mystery. Noir. Coming of age. Trickster. Comedy. Impossible choices. Her...
  • Kuzu
    Sep 02, 2017
    It took me a little while to get into this one, partly because it's confusing at the beginning what the backstory is, but once I did get into it I liked the small-town politics of Wounded Sky a lot, although some of the adults' reactions to Cole seemed kind of exaggerated. I know the a...
  • Jessica Macaulay
    Nov 07, 2017
    Where do I begin with this book? It is absolutely amazing! And although it is strongly rooted in the Cree culture, it is the type of book that can be enjoyed by adventure loving teens and adults regardless of their knowledge of Canada?s Indigenous peoples. The murders, the mysteries,...
  • Quintin Zimmermann
    Aug 19, 2017
    Strangers comes from the mind of David A. Robertson, an award-winning writer of children's books, who has taken his first foray into the YA genre. So welcome to the nowhere town of Wounded Sky. A peculiar place inhabited by denizens still haunted by the tragic fire that broke out at...
  • Nannette Demmler
    Mar 04, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. This was an incredibly fast read. I could have finished it in one sitting, but life intervened and it took a while longer to finish. It was fascinating and very hard to put down. Interesting characters and I loved the s...
  • Emily
    Aug 28, 2017
    This was a fun YA mystery with a supernatural twist rooted in indigenous folklore. The first half of the book left me a bit confused--I think it could have used a bit of tightening. The second half, however, I loved! Robertson really hits his stride, and a lot of the build-up we see ea...
  • Stephanie
    Oct 22, 2018
    Strangers by David A. Robertson published by Highwater Press is an incredible tale and the first in The Reckoner series. I could not put this book down. It haunted me when I was not reading. I had to know the story of Wounded Sky First Nation and Cole Harper. Cole left Wounded Sky a...
  • K.A. Wiggins
    Nov 22, 2017
    Surprisingly entertaining Canadian & Cree First Nations read about overcoming your past and owning your power. Disclaimers: I'm reviewing an uncorrected proof ebook version acquired via NetGalley, I'm choosing to leave an unbiased review, and I'm not qualified to comment in-dept...
  • Terry Goertzen
    Dec 08, 2017
    Fantastic literally! Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew meet DC Comic Superhero meets Manitoba reserve life. This is not only for young adults but for anyone who wants some insight into life on reserve from a young person's perspective. A real page turner. ...
  • Zane
    May 01, 2019
    Strangers is a confusing novel in itself because of the lacklustre characters and story ideas. They have no second thoughts about what they?re doing, even though it?s clearly not what they?re supposed to do. All of this combined with the fast pace of the novel leaves the reader ...
  • Sam
    May 06, 2019
    If you ever want to read a good murder mystery read this book right now! The genre of this novel is a mystery, adventure, and suspense. The major theme of this book is courage. This story takes place in an indigenous town and what happens is the main character named Cole, who has been ...