________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 17 . . . . April 25, 2003

cover Shadows of Disaster.

Cathy Beveridge.
Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 2003.
191 pp., pbk., $8.95.
ISBN 1-55380-002-8.

Subject Heading:
Frank (Alta.)-History-Landslide, 1903-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12.

Review by Christina Pike.

**** /4


"Gramps!" She caught her breath. "You scared me. What are you doing hiding in the bushes?"

He raised one hand. "Be careful. Follow the path of Running Bear's moccasins."

Jolene stared hard at her grandfather. What was he doing? And why today of all days? "Come on, Gramps, let's go. Dad's got the car packed."

"There are many buffalo. Already, I can feel the ground tremble beneath my feet." Grandpa moved towards the trailhead. A dark cloud shadowed the sun. "You must hurry or they will be upon you. Go quickly. Running Bear is waiting for you."

The wind gusted and Jolene shivered. "Gramps, cut it out!" the fear in her voice surprised her."I don't know any Running Bear and ..."

Shadows of Disaster, by Cathy Beveridge, tells the story of Jolene Fortini and the challenges she faces as she tries to find her own place in the world and more importantly accept herself. Believing that her twin brother Michael has an easier life being born a boy, Jolene spends a good part of the novel attempting to prove her theory right to herself and to those around her. Unable to talk to her parents, Jolene finds comfort in talking to her grandpa. Unfortunately, after overhearing her parents talking, she is fearful of Gramps’ state of mind. It isn't until her grandpa shares his secret with her that she finds her own inner strength.

     Shadows of Disaster is a heart warming novel that is more than a simple story about a young girl’s coming of age. It is about family relationships and misunderstandings that can sometimes occur when members of a family stop talking and listening to one another. It is also a novel that takes the story of the Frank Slide and makes it come alive.

     An excellent novel to read and share.

Highly Recommended.

Christina Pike is a Learning Resource and English Teacher at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, NL.

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