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. Volume XVII Number 3. . . .September 17, 2010
When the grandmother of 11-year-old Evan Kemp breaks her hip, Evan’s mother must take care of her. Since Evan’s father has just taken a job at a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, Evan is forced to spend his Christmas Break with his Aunt Mag who lives in an isolated cabin “a zillion miles from anywhere.” He is not thrilled because she has a “shady past” and has actually spent time in jail! What is he going to do out in the middle of nowhere with this strange woman who is his aunt?
At first, Evan hates everything about the cabin and his eccentric aunt – the isolation, the food and the chores. However, when his aunt starts sharing the details of her scientific work with animals, he starts to change his attitude. They are both fascinated by the last loon to leave the lake before it freezes, fearing that the bird will die.
The short chapters and accessible vocabulary will make this novel a good choice for readers who have made the transition to chapter books. The writer explores themes of: relationships, environmental responsibility, loon and wolf biology, animal rights, biodiversity, renewable energy sources, sustainability and the ecology of Canada’s North.
Myra Junyk, a literacy advocate and author, lives in Toronto, ON.
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