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#6910442 in Books Raincoast Books 2003-03-12Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 .56 x 5.00 x 7.92l, #File Name: 1551924714296 pages | File size: 37.Mb Jocelyn Reekie : Tess before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Tess: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Historical Fiction scores high for both young adults and adultsBy Diana StevanWhat I loved about this book is the author's attention to detail about the times. I followed a young girl's passage from Castle Dunharbar, Scotland to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the mid-nineteenth


century. I was fascinated by what she experienced on her voyage, not only by the people she encountered on the ship, but also with the conditions she endured. Tess is a feisty but lovable protagonist. Her difficulty with following the rules takes the reader on novel adventures, first on ship and then to a place where settlers and tribes like the Songhee and the Haida live side by side. Again, Jocelyn Reekie paints the place so vividly with her words, that you can see what Tess sees as she roams this new land. Highly recommended for both young adults and adults.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A classic!By Grace L. FoxMs. Reekie has done her homework. Her research and attention to detail bring this story to life. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. Bravo! The year is 1857. Twelve-year-old Tess Roy lives in Castle Dunroy, Scotland. Her life changes dramatically when her mother dies and a new landlord forces Tess and her father off the land they've farmed for generations. They are given passage to the New World aboard Borealis, a ship bound from Liverpool to Fort Victoria, Vancouver Island. Aboard ship, Tess meets girls her own age who are too poor to ride above deck and a nineteen-year-old Navy deserter turned Gold Rush prospector named Jock. Once she lands on Vancouver Island, Tess meets Chinese, black, and First Nations settlers and learns of the trade in women. She and her father struggle to make a new home in this strange, sometimes forbidding, and sometimes exotic world. Here is classic engagingly historical fiction by a talented writer who brings a fateful voyage across the ocean and the fascinating frontier of North America in the 1850s vividly to life. From BooklistGr. 5-8. This historical novel, set in 1857, may well be the first to begin with a 13-year-old girl shooting, gutting, and butchering a deer. Headstrong Tess must soon leave her beloved Scottish home, however, after her mother and brother die and her father decides to start a new life in British Columbia. The numerous settings include the Scottish highlands as well as several locales in coastal British Columbia, but the most closely focused and engaging parts of the story take place aboard The Borealis, as Tess and her father sail the seas on a cargo ship with few other passengers. In British Columbia, Tess finds herself at loggerheads with her stern and demanding uncle, whose ideas on social strata and propriety are as strong as her ideas on social equality and personal independence. Tess has her tender side and her moments of doubt, but readers will most admire her pluck, her obstinacy, and her stubborn determination to do what she thinks is right. A good adventure story with a strong heroine, this Canadian novel will leave many readers hoping for a sequel. Carolyn PhelanCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

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