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The Hungry Year
by William Kirby
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-A fast-paced adventure set in the Canadian wilderness in 1787. Kate and her family have left their farm outside Albany, NY, to settle near Lake Ontario. The deaths of her mother and her grandmother have left the 12-year-old to do most of the chores and care for her four-year-old brothers. During the long, harsh winter, Kate's father is often away from the family's makeshift cabin to hunt for food. When he doesn't return from an excursion, Kate is forced to fend for herself and her siblings. The story flows swiftly, as the children encounter bears and wolves and struggle to survive. The tale is reminiscent of the "Little House" books (HarperCollins) and will hook readers with its life-on-the-frontier theme. While Kate is a strong, resourceful heroine, she is shown to have realistic doubts and worries. The conclusion is satisfying and will leave readers asking for another installment of her adventures.
Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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This story of remarkable resilience, based on a compilation of true events and family legend, introduces children to a little-known segment of Canadian and American history that demonstrates the courage, resourcefulness, and stubbornness that have made both nations great. Booklist A fast-paced adventure set in the Canadian wilderness in 1787. The story flows swiftly...the tale is reminiscent of the "Little House" books and will hook readers with its life-on-frontier theme. The conclusion is satisfying and will leave readers asking for another installment of her adventures. - School Library Journal
Twelve-year-old Kate has always had to be more responsible than other girls her age. Since her mother_s death and her family's flight to Canada, Kate's father has relied on her to keep house and look after her younger twin brothers. In a new place with poor shelter and no help, Kate must grow up even faster. It is 1787. After poor crops, with little food to spare, the winter is terribly harsh. Kate_s father is forced farther and farther from their makeshift cabin to hunt for food. Then one day, he simply doesn_t return. Can Kate fend off danger and protect her brothers? Can these three children survive the Hungry Year when thousands of others will die? Desperate, Kate prays for help. It finally comes from a most unlikely source - but is it in time?
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