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Shadow in Hawthorn Bay


Publisher:Lester & Orpen Dennys



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Winner of the both Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year Award and the Young Adult Book Award, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay is the second book in Janet Lunn's Hawthorn Bay trilogy, which begins with The Root Cellar and ends with The Hollow Tree. Hawthorn Bay, which plays an important role in all three novels, is based on Pleasant Bay in Ontario's Prince Edward County, where Lunn lived for more than 30 years in the farmhouse that was the setting for The Root Cellar. Shadow in Hawthorn Bay traces the overwhelmingly difficult journey that 15-year-old Mary Urquhart makes from the Highlands of Scotland to the wilderness that is just becoming Upper Canada. Mary makes the journey in part because she believes that she's heard the voice of her beloved cousin, Duncan, calling to her to come to Hawthorn Bay. Mary has "second sight" and knows that she has to leave behind all that is dear to her to come to Duncan's aid. But it's 1815 when Mary arrives, four long years since she last saw Duncan, and she discovers to her horror that Duncan is dead. Mary is a survivor, though, and she is determined to make Hawthorn Bay her home.

Lunn creates a gripping portrait of pioneer life and doesn't shy away from giving readers a taste of the harshness and brutality of life in the wilderness. But she also captures the sense of magic and mystery that the landscape evoked for early settlers and that still grips many of us today. Shadow in Hawthorn Bay is part romance, part mystery, and part historical fiction, and is one of Janet Lunn's most powerful fictions for young readers. (Ages 12 and older) --Jeffrey Canton

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