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. Volume XVI Number 3. . . .September 18, 2009
Matt Martinez and Emily Bing are far from home in this book. They travel from Ontario to Nova Scotia, and from the present to the past. But travel is easy for these two friends because of the capabilities of their sled and their ability to travel lightly - they bring only a recorder and sketchbook on their trip.
With their irreplaceable sled, Emily and Matt travel to 1940 and land on a ship traveling from London, England, to Pier 21 in Halifax, NS. On the ship, they meet nine-year-old Kate Norris. She is just one of many children on the boat who still have family back home in London. She will be staying with Emily’s relatives until the bombing stops in London. She is grateful for a safe place to stay, but she is scared because she’s in charge of her younger brother and now he’s missing. Before Emily and Matt can accompany Kate to Emily’s Great-Aunt Miranda’s house, they need to find a four-year old who isn’t talking.
History is not boring when Frieda Wishinsky retells it. Her writing allows children to take a quick trip into Canada’s past and, while there, step into history as it’s happening. Their travels allow them to meet people who are nice to know - or hard to forget.
Many of the 12 short chapters in this book contain black and white illustrations. Varying in size and placement on the page, they convey a sense of the time period and the emotions the characters are experiencing.
This is Frieda Wishinsky’s eleventh book in the “Canadian Flyer Adventures” series. A former teacher, her other books include What’s the Matter With Albert? and Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone. Wishinsky lives in Toronto, ON.
Born in Regina, SK, Leanne Franson has been an avid reader and artist since she was a child. A graduate of Concordia University, Leanne has illustrated over eighty books, including the picture books Rainy Days with Bear and The Trailer Park Princesses. Franson lives in Montreal, PQ.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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