Andrea Spalding lives on Pender Island, British Columbia. She is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books.
1996 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize — Shortlisted
1996 Violet Downey IODE Book Award — Shortlisted
1997 Silver Birch Award — Shortlisted
It all started with an ancient arrowhead in an Alberta field.
While walking through a field, Danny finds an 8,000-year-old arrowhead. After he shows his friend Joshua, who lives on the Peigan reserve at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the two go on buffalo hunts, powwows, archaeological digs, and break in to the local museum. Grappling with dyslexia and unsure of his place in the world, Danny follows the arrowhead into a distant past and back again as he learns about himself and the people who came before him.
I think all kids would like the book as it shows how different people can get along, how we can all respect our culture and sacred items, how we can save things from the past to help us all learn of our heritages and how children can also help preserve our past. This book is both exciting and informative … I would rate Finders Keepers a five — that's a wow.
Subtly and with the sensitivity that only one who has suffered or watched someone they love endure, Spalding is able to let readers experience the feelings Danny endures