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Dear Canada: Winter of Peril

Dear Canada: Winter of Peril


The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge, Mairie’s Cove, New-Found-Land, 1721

Sophie’s family is uprooted from the comfort of their home in England when her eccentric father, inspired by the new novel, Robinson Crusoe, decides to move the family to the New World so he can write an epic poem about surviving the rugged winter conditions.

When the only help they have - a skilful fisherman - dies, it is up to Sophie and her mother to make sure the family survives until the spring, when the next fishing boat will arrive in their isolated cove.

This dramatic survival story is set in 1700s Newfoundland, in the time of the early cod fishery and first contact between Europeans and the Beothuk. Included are illustrations taken from a rare book housed in Canada’s National Library, providing a glimpse of cod fishing methods of the time, as well as the primitive–tilts- (huts) and–stages-(docks) which dotted the Newfoundland seacoast when the cod fishery was young.

Jan Andrews own family has roots in the West Country of England, where Sophie Loveridge is from. “I seem to know how Sophie feels and thinks better than I have done with any other character I have created so far.” says Jan. Her books have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award, selected by the International Youth Library, and chosen as an ALA Notable.


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