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Bitter, Sweet
By author: Laura Best
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Pub Date: Mar/01/2010
Pages: 152
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $10.95
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Pru Burbidge lives a simple life on the family homestead on Dalhousie Road in 1940s rural Nova Scotia, until her father abandons the family and her mother falls ill. Her life is turned upside-down by these events, and she is forced to take on the role of primary caregiver to her siblings, Jessie, Flora, and Davey. Things go from bad to worse when Pru's mother dies, leaving Pru and Jessie, her older brother, to care for the family in secret so they are not separated and sent away to foster homes, or worse, the orphan house. Pru and Jessie do everything they can to hide the fact that their mother has passed away and keep the family together, but their situation becomes increasingly dire as their money and food supplies begin to run out and their neighbours start getting suspicious. When the situation comes to a head and they are on the verge of being found out, Pru and her siblings must work together to save their family from being torn apart.
Canadian Children's Book News - September 1, 2010
"Author Laura Best brings alive her characters with deft scenarios and interesting dialogue. This book is well written and provides a glimpse of post-war 1940s community life and social services."
Canadian Children's Book Centre - July 15, 2010
"A beautifully crafted novel...Best has masterfully created a sense of time and place...The characters are thoughtfully developed and their relationships to each other skilfully described."
Atlantic Books Today - October 1, 2009
"[An] elegantly-written story."

Awards

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People nominee, short-listed  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011


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