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Ann Walsh.

Victoria, BC: Press Porcépic, 1984.
156pp., paper, $16.95 (cloth), $6.95 (paper).
ISBN 0-88878-220-9 (cloth), 0-88878-219-5 (paper).

Grades 7 and up.
Reviewed by Grace E. Funk.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

In Wells, British Columbia, a sensitive imaginative teen-ager, a dislocated science fiction reader, is separated from her father, and faces a long, boring, lonely summer. Barkerville is just a bike ride away, where everything deliberately conspires to create a sense of the immanent past. Elizabeth finds a ring that takes her into the Barkerville of the 1870s and finds a romance there. All the mix-ups of falling in love are complicated by simple incredibility. Since Elizabeth and Steve can perceive each other only in the cemetery, there are many difficulties at both disbelieving ends of a century. The resolution, although fairly obvious, is satisfying. The historical setting, carefully accurate, is not at all obtrusive.

Whether one calls it a historical novel in disguise or a time-travel fantasy, this is a teen-age romance with a difference. A most welcome Canadian antidote to the proliferating series romances. Hope for more from this author.

Grace E. Funk, Harwood E.S., Vernon, BC.
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