Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass

March 2, 2017

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Two Times a Traitor is the newest endeavor by multi-nominated and celebrated Canadian author, Karen Bass.

Published by Pajama Press and set to be released in May 2017, Two Times a Traitor is a surprising departure from what YA readers have come to expect from this dynamic author.

Laz Berenger  a strong-willed 12 year-old reluctantly finds himself visiting the historic Halifax Citadal with his family. The ever present friction between he and his father explodes while touring the Citadal, and Laz in defiance, takes off on his own. His explorations take him to a section of the Citadel where an unforeseen accident occurs. Laz  suddenly finds himself faced with a knife to his throat and his bravado rapidly dissipates when he realizes that he is no longer in 2017, but has been transported to the historic period of 1745. He finds his loyalty and perseverance tested repeatedly as he tries to earn back his St. Christopher’s Medal and perhaps the key back in time?

Readers will be swept up and away in this riveting richly detailed, middle-grade historical/time travel nail biting adventure, and into the pages of an exciting part of Canadian history!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! [for Junior and Intermediate readers!]

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FIVE STARS!!

#Checkout more Karen Bass at:  http://www.karenbass.ca/ and the Two times a traitor book trailer :

ARC: generously supplied by Pajama Press in exchange for an honest review.

 

 


Blood Brothers in Louisbourg by Philip Roy

March 7, 2014

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Published by Cape Breton University Press; c2012
137 p,

  Genre: Canadian historical fiction ; First Nations history

Alternating chapters gives the reader a dual perspective to two time lines that are on an intersecting course  unknown to the central characters — Jacques and Two-feathers.
During the reign of King Louis XV, a young French educated teen, suddenly finds himself ripped from the fabric of all that is familiar. He sets sail on a ship bound to New France into the unknown, with a father he hardly knows.
Arriving at Fortress Louisbourg, young Jacques dons an ill-fitting uniform and is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving military world that his father idolizes.
At a similar moment in time, in the untamed wilderness surrounding the Fortress, a young Mi’kmaq warrior called Two-feathers is on his own quest to find the father he never met.

This is the story of two young men – “both seeking to understand their father” unknowingly linked by the bonds of their heritage.

Mr. Roy has created a moving historical tale that touches on a part of Canada’s past that is often overlooked — observations from both inhabitants – those ‘discovering’ Canada and from the First Nations.

It is an engaging story that can be used as a read aloud as it ties in with the school curriculum and can spark many debates and /or discussions within the classroom!

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Grade Level: Grade 7 -9
Interest level: Grade 6-9

Highly recommended!


Wild Geese by Carolyn Pignat

November 25, 2010

 

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Red Deer Press; 1 edition (Sep 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889954321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889954328
  • Wild Geese  is the long anticipated sequel to Carolyn Pignat’s poignant book Greener Grass.

    When I saw this title , I just snapped it up and devoured it in one sitting! It is the story of Irish immigration in the years 1845-47 to Canada,during the “Great Hunger”, where families were fleeing the destitute and poverty-stricken land that called home, Ireland. This is a tale of strength, courage, determination, grit, love,  faith and adventure. Through Kit’s narrative we cannot  help but be drawn into the sufferings and deprivations that family upon family had to endure during these lengthy ocean crossings. Pignat ‘s descriptive prose has skillfully brought to life an almost forgotten a part of Canadian history…and time of great trial, tribulation and opportunity.

    Although this is a sequel to Greener Grass, Wild Geese can stand alone. However by  reading the first book it will allow readers to better understand the harrowing  ordeals of the Irish immigrants.

    Reading ability: Intermediate / Senior level; Grade 7, 8, 9

    Genre: Historical fiction, Canadian

    Who would like this book? This book will appeal to those interested in ancestry, historical fiction, and adventure


    Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat

    June 25, 2010

     

    Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level:   R      Grade Level:   5-7    

    Genre:  Historical fiction /Adventure 

      Literature Circle set ( 6 copies) available  at  Classroom Support Centre 

    Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010,  278 pgs.  

    Other recognition and awards:

    Governor General’s Literary Award winner 2009 CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award shortlist, 2009

      

    Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2009 finalist 
    Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards shortlist, 2010 

    Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009«Starred Choice 

    Red Maple Book Award nominee 2010 

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    “1847 – Ireland. The potato famine enters its second year, as British landlords raise rents and tumble cottages, leaving Irish families homeless and overcome by hunger and disease. Kit Byrne, a young girl of fourteen, will do everything she can to save her family. But will it cost her soul?” 

    http://carolinepignat.squarespace.com/greener-grass/ 

    Review by Karen 

    I am a lover of historical fiction and was eagerly looking forward to reading this latest book by Canadian author Caroline Pignat. I had thoroughly enjoyed Pignat earlier debut novel Egghead and was interested in how she would handle this genre. 

    The 1840’s in Irish history was a period of unrest turmoil and utter destruction and devastation — devastation to human life, human dignity and the human spirit. Pignat’s novel Greener Grass opens in the second year of the Great Potato Famine — 1847. We become first-hand witnesses to the heartrending struggles of human survival through the eyes of the central character 14 year-old Katherine (Kit) Bryne and the choices she  and her family are faced with.  The author has skilfully woven the horrors and bleakness of the times, with Kit’s courage and herioism , and that makes this is a truly inspirational story. 

    Highly Recommended!!!

    Similiar Books:  Nory Ryan’s song by Patricia Giff; Katie’s Wish by Barbara Hazen; The Grave by James Heneghan 

      

    Author Interview on Greener Grass: 

    http://carolinepignat.squarespace.com/media/ 

    Study Guide (free) : http://www.fitzhenry.ca/Download/guides/GreenerGrass.pdf 


    Elijah of Buxton

    February 4, 2010

      Newbery Honor Book

    Winner of Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

    Winner, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year

    Summary:

    Elijah, an eleven year old boy, lives in Buxton, Canada.  This is a settlement composed mostlyof runaway slaves, Elijah has the distinction of being the first child born as a free citizen in the town.

    Elijah is a timid boy who talks too much and thinks too little.  He wins the respect of the townps people when he helps a friend who has been robbed.  A friend who has been working to buy his family out of captivity in America. 

    The book is told from the point of view of young Elijah and offers many opportunities to discuss how perception changes with age.  Language is authentic to the time and will allow for a good deal of discussion.  The author provides a brief history of the actual community of Buxton as well as literature circle discussion questions and activities at the back of the text. 

     

    Reading Ability: intermediate

    Genre: Historical Fiction, Black History
    Theme:  Determination, Black History, courage, Adventure

    Who would love this book?

    -Canadian history lovers, readers interested in early settlement in Canada, those who enjoy reading about Black History

     

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