Gwen: A Young Adult Novel

Gwen: A Young Adult Novel

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<p>No matter what the world throws at her, Gwen Peters rises to the challenge. Feisty, curious, with a flare for the dramatic, she dreams of a life on the stage like her idol E. Pauline Johnson, a Mohawk writer, poet and performer who dazzled Gwen during a stunning performance in a London theatre. When Gwen is orphaned at the age of eleven, she seizes the opportunity to become a Home Child and is trained to work as a maid for placement with a family in Canada. So begins her long journey away from her friends in the turn-of-the-century streets of London, England to service in a wealthy household in Toronto.</p><p>But when trouble comes her way in Toronto, Gwen takes matters into her own hands and escapes into the night. Angry and alone, she undertakes a long dangerous trek following the train tracks back to the only safe haven she knows: Cedarbrae, the Home in Peterborough. Her many adventures include an encounter with a bear and flight from a raging forest fire. Finally, Gwen's courage brings her to a welcoming family in Brantford and new friends from the Six Nations Reserve near Pauline Johnsons childhood home.</p><p>Carolyn Pogue draws imaginatively on the story of her own grandmother's experiences as a Barnardo Home Child to bring a little-known piece of Canadian history to light in this exuberant story of bravery and resourcefulness. With the young, vibrant Gwen, Pogue gives readers of all ages a character to cheer on with every step of a journey that comes alive in a manner both wonderfully strange and familiar.</p>
Publisher: [S.l.] : Sumach c2009
ISBN: 9781894549806
Characteristics: 160 p


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loonylovesgood Nov 01, 2010

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed young people's historical fiction books. I found this book very interesting, as it takes place in areas very familiar to me. The story was exciting, too. Ms. Pogue is a great writer!

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