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All Are Welcome!

All Are Welcome!

By Press Staff | Date: April 04, 2024


The Kodiaks: Home Ice Advantage

With author David A. Robertson

Hosted by junior hockey player Aidan Wuerfel

About the event

Saturday April 27, 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers
Winnipeg, MB
Streaming on YouTube

All are welcome to the launch of The Kodiaks: Home Ice Advantage. A conversation with David A. Robertson with host Aidan Wuerfel will be followed by a book signing.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

About the book

Hockey fans will love this action-packed middle grade novel about teamwork, overcoming adversity, and being proud of who you are and where you come from.

Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex Robinson. After his father accepts a new job, Alex and his family move from their community to the city. For the first time in his life, he doesn’t fit in. His fellow students don’t understand Indigenous culture. Even a simple show of respect to his teacher gets him in trouble.

Things begin to look up after Alex tries out for a local hockey team. Playing for the Kodiaks, Alex proves himself as one of the best, but he becomes a target because he’s Indigenous. Can Alex trust his teammates and stand up to the jerks on other teams? Can he find a way to fit in and still be who he’s meant to be?

About the author

David A. Robertson is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, has won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, as well as the Writer's Union of Canada Freedom to Read award. He has received several other accolades for his work as a writer for children and adults, podcaster, public speaker, and social advocate. He was honoured with a Doctor of Letters by the University of Manitoba for outstanding contributions in the arts and distinguished achievements in 2023. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and lives in Winnipeg.

About the host

Aidan Wuerfel started playing hockey at the age of four and fell in love with the game right away. As a member of the Winnipeg Wild, he won back-to-back championships at the provincial U18 AAA level (2021/22, 2022/23). He now plays forward for the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.