CM . . .
. Volume IX Number 7 . . . . November 29, 2002
Danger at the Landings. (An Orca Young
Victoria, BC: Orca Books, 2002.
92 pp., pbk., $6.95.
Frontier and pioneer life-Canada-Juvenile fiction.
2-4 / Ages 7-10.
by Gillian Noonan.
times have I told you to stay off the waterwheel?” my uncle
Red jumped to the
ground. He squinted at Uncle Stuart. “It ain’t that
dangerous,” he said loudly.
sputtered Uncle Stuart. “I know millers who have lost their
legs working on waterwheels.”
For a second, Red seemed impressed. His bright blue eyes studied
Uncle Stuart with interest. Then he sighed. “A guy can’t
have any fun around here.”
“If you helped
your ma and pa in the store more, you wouldn’t be out looking
for fun all the time. You’re trouble, young Red. Now off you
go! Get out of here!”
Before he ran down
the road, Red gave me a quick wink. Red wasn’t afraid of my
uncle. And I had a feeling he had all kinds of adventures. I felt
a pang of envy.
adventures is the single most important thing in the life of eight-year-old
Max, the hero in Becky Citra’s Danger at The Landings.
Max lives with his father and his older sister, Ellie, on a farm carved
out of the Ontario wilderness in the 1830s. His family has only been
in Upper Canada for two years. In the opening chapter, we are introduced
to Max and his beloved pet, Hambone the pig, as they encounter a dashing
French lumberman, Pierre, who needs a light for his camp’s fire.
Unfortunately for Max and Hambone, Max’s father has other plans
for the pig, and he carries them out when Max travels to the small
village, the Landings, with another farmer to deliver the family’s
wheat to his uncle’s mill. On his return, Max decides to run
away with the lumberjacks but instead gets sent back to his stern
uncle when his father decides to go off to fight in the rebellion
which is taking place. True adventure awaits Max at The Landings where
he first needs rescuing from thin ice along with Red and then he becomes
the hero as he saves the mill from fire.
characters are believable and likeable which makes for a pleasant
read. Each chapter is well crafted to maintain the reader’s
sense of wonder. As a piece of historical fiction, this is a welcome
addition to any library because of its Canadian content which provides
the story’s setting without being burdensome to the plot line.
Danger at The Landings is the sequel to Ellie’s New
Home and The Freezing Home, but the reader does not need
to read the previous two to understand and enjoy this one. The only
question which may remain in the reader’s mind after finishing
this title is, “What happened to Max’s mother?”
But that question, along with the spirited life of Max, may prove
to be enough to lead readers to read the other two works.
Martin Noonan is a teacher living in Old Perlican, Newfoundland.
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