With a long hot summer ahead, Ellen Fremedon decides that she is going to write a book -- a long one, with chapters. She doesn't need to look far to find characters. The tiny village of Partridge Cove is full of interesting personalities.
The budding novelist has characters galore, but what about a plot? With the help of her best friend, Jenny, Ellen soon realizes that there's plenty of mystery and intrigue in Partridge Cove as well. Why have the loathsome new neighbors bought the big house next door? And who will benefit from the housing development that's to be built right on top of the town's aquifer?
Then, just as Ellen's story gets going, her novel must take a back seat to real life, when the twins disappear, and things suddenly become very complicated, and very personal.
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Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada):Joan Givner is an established author and book reviewer who has written ten books of biography, autobiography, short and full-length fiction, including Katherine Anne Porter: A Life, Thirty-four Ways of Looking at Jane Eyre and Half Known Lives. She is a retired university professor who now lives on Vancouver Island, where she writes full time.
Gr. 5-7. Nearly 12 years old, Ellen Fremedon decides to spend the summer writing a novel, little guessing that looming events will give her plenty of material. When Ellen's family circulates a petition to stop a housing development that will pollute the local water supply, anonymous letters arrive, including one that threatens harm to Ellen and her twin brothers. This quiet family story takes an unexpected turn when the family realizes that the twins are missing. Part summer idyll, part mystery story, this Canadian novel is at its best when exploring Ellen's emotions and her relationships with her father and her best friend, Jenny. Near the end, Ellen tries to understand the changes in Jenny's household when a family friend moves in with Jenny and her mother. Though some will welcome the positive acknowledgment of a lesbian couple, it does seem to be tacked on to the story. Still, Ellen's first-person narrative will resonate with many readers, particularly those with an interest in writing. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Groundwood Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0888995571
Book Description Groundwood Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 219 pages. 7.75x5.50x0.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0888995571
Book Description Groundwood Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0888995571