Silver Donald Cameron.
Volume 11 Number 2.
In the second volume of Lorimer's Adventure in Canada series, the author of The Education of Everett Richardson* and Dragon Lady** has turned his attention to fiction for young people.
The setting is a Nova Scotian fishing village where the fishermen are struggling to have their union recognized, despite the opposition of the fish plant owners. The reader experiences the fishermen's strike with thirteen-year-old Andrew, son of one of the leaders, and his friends. The seriousness of a strike situation and the hardships imposed upon everyone concerned are made evident without overshadowing the action of the plot. The mixture of adventure and danger, culminating in Andrew's desperate struggle to stay alive on the stormy Atlantic after someone deliberately sets him adrift in his father's boat, will appeal to young people.
Unfortunately, the setting is not particularly convincing; Widow's Harbour could be anywhere on the eastern seaboard. The characters are believable but do not really come to life. Despite these weaknesses, the narrative is sufficiently interesting to hold the attention of young readers. Librarians who had reservations about the frank language in Dragon Lady will be pleased to know that this is not a problem with The Baitchopper.
The review copy is a sturdy paperback that should withstand many borrowings. The attractive cover illustration will entice many readers to begin the story. Recommended for school and public libraries.
*Reviewed vol. VI/2 Spring 1978 p.62.
Pauline Henaut, Westville Schools, Westville, NS.
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