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Pages: 32
Themes: War, friendship, soldiers
Publisher: Tuckamore
Pub Date: 01/09/2008
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One day in the summer of 1917, Bridget Keats sees something new. A stranger, Jake Wiseman, has come to their small Newfoundland outport. A mysterious soldier who will not show himself, he hides away on a nearby island in the old lighthouse keeper's cottage. Some say he is a coward. Some say he was wounded and came back horribly scarred. No one knows for sure. It is Bridget Keats who must bring his food to him each day. And it is Bridget who learns the truth of what is inside the man when a terrible storm forces Jake Wiseman to make as hard a choice as he has ever made.

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family.

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"Trottier opens the door to discussion about human relations and the effect war has on individual lives... In short it is a gentle story of the goodness of people in terrible times... This book would support social studies curriculum focusing on Canadian history, especially World War I, as well as the study of regions of Canada."


Best Atlantic Published Book Award nominee  | 2009 | Short-listed

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