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. Volume IX Number 17 . . . . April 25, 2003
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.
Christina Pike is a Learning Resource and English Teacher at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, NL.
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