Gwen

Gwen

Book - 2009
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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 poet and performer who dazzled Gwen during a stunning performance in a London theatre. When Gwen is orphaned, she seizes the opportunity to become a Home Child and is trained for placement as a maid for a family in Canada. So begins her long journey away from her friends on the streets of turn-of-the-century London to service in a wealthy household in Toronto.But when trouble strikes in Toronto, Gwen 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 adventures include an encounter with a bear and flight from a raging forest fire. Gwen's courage brings her to a welcoming family in Brantford and new friends from the Six Nations Reserve near Pauline Johnson's childhood home. 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 familiar and wonderfully strange.

Carolyn Pogueis the author of fourteen books of fiction and non-fiction and also writes poetry and drama. Her writing appears in periodicals such as Canadian Living, Synchronicity, The United Church Observerand Peace Magazine. She is a freelance writer and lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Publisher: Toronto : Sumach Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781894549806
Branch Call Number: J FIC Pogue 3558
Characteristics: 157 p. ;,20 cm

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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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