Young Alicia is ecstatic when her mother announces a trip to visit Aunt Sarah and Uncle Jack in Prince Rupert. She sees a chance to escape "boring" Vanderhoof, without going to even more "boring" Prince George. Prince Rupert promises excitement, favourite relatives and her all-time favourite animal ― the whale. As it turns out, Alicia gets everything she hoped for ― and more. This unforgettable trip is her occasion to learn a thing or two about the environment, about her parents, and even a little bit about magic.
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A former newspaper editor and publisher, Gord Smedley earned a Journalistic Principles scholarship to Vancouver College (Langara), an Excellence in Outdoor Writing award from the BC & Yukon Community Newspaper Association, and an Honourable Mention at the BC Law Society awards in 1989. He now makes his living as a freelance writer, and has written many newspaper articles including a feature interview with Noam Chomsky and a five-part series on spousal assault. Smedley also enjoys reading, fishing, cooking and politics.
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