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7 Generations

A Plains Cree Saga

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Coming Of Age, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Mental Illness, Historical, Own Voices, Multigenerational, Prejudice & Racism, Values & Virtues, Violence
Series: 7 Generations
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 15–18
Grade: 9–12
Paperback : 9781553793557, 136 pages, September 2012
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553793571, 136 pages, June 2013
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553793854, 136 pages, October 2012


In this national bestseller, David A. Robertson “weaves an engrossing and unforgettable story with the precision of a historian and the colour of a true Indigenous storyteller. " (Rosanna Deerchild)

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an epic, four-part graphic novel. Illustrated in vivid colour, the story follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations. This compiled edition was originally published as a series of four graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact.

Stone introduces Edwin, a young man who must discover his family’s past if he is to have any future. Edwin learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man, who came of age in the early 19th century. When his older brother is tragically killed during a Blackfoot raid, Stone, the best shot and rider in his encampment, must overcome his grief to avenge his brother’s death.

In Scars, the story of White Cloud, Edwin's ancestor, is set against the smallpox epidemic of 1870-1871. After witnessing the death of his family one by one, White Cloud must summon the strength to find a new home and deliver himself from the terrible disease.

In Ends/Begins, readers learn about the story of Edwin’s father, and his experiences in a residential school. In 1964, two brothers are taken from the warm and loving care of their grandparents, and spirited away to a residential school. When older brother James discovers the anguish that his brother is living under, it leads to unspeakable tragedy.

In The Pact, the guilt and loss of James’s residential school experiences follow him into adulthood, and his life spirals out of control. Edwin, mired in his own pain, tries to navigate past the desolation of his fatherless childhood. As James tries to heal himself he begins to realize that, somehow, he must save his son’s life—as well as his own. When father and son finally meet, can they heal their shattered relationship, and themselves, or will it be too late?

Find ideas for using this book in your classroom in the FREE Teacher’s Guide for 7 Generations.


Selected for CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens list

Canadian Children's Book Centre

A masterpiece of traditional knowledge; a powerful gift to share!

Betty Ross, Elder, Cross Lake First Nation

Among recommended Indigenous titles for building an Inclusive Graphic Novel Collection


Emotionally powerful works. Recommended.

Joanne Peters, CM Magazine

An excellent Canadian teen graphic novel series. ..[and] an honest portrayal of a young Cree man learning about his family's hardship.

Ottawa Public Library

David weaves an engrossing and unforgettable story with the precision of a historian and the colour of a true Indigenous storyteller.

Rosanna Deerchild, author of "This Is a Small Northern Town"

Healing lies in knowing our past, not just of our lives, but also the distant past of our ancestors. The interweaving movements from present to past and past to present are like waves of cleansing waters washing in to the present, and back out to that distant past. It's mesmerizing.

Beatrice Mosionier, author of "In Search of April Raintree"

A powerful message through image and artwork [that] will engage readers in an historical and insightful story.

David Booth, author and educator

Reconciliation is about respect. ..and self-respect is where it starts. A good story is worth telling, and when told well is worth reading. Especially this one.

Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada