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Review: High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Evelyn Marche, British nurse in WW1 Brussels, had taken over Edith Clavell’s hospital, even winning an Iron Cross for saving the life of a German major.  Now she directed the hospital during the day while in the evenings, she helped her aunt and uncle run a café frequented by the Germans. In her few remaining hours she […]

Review: A Name Unknown by Roseanna White

Rosemary Gresham, a London street urchin grown up, supported the other orphans she called family by taking on assignments from Mr. V.  Once she ‘liberated’ an old manuscript from the British Museum.  At other times she, like Robin Hood, relieved wealthy women of their jewellery.  But on the eve of World War I she was […]

Review: Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Grace Mallory, telegraph operator since her father’s sudden death, has been hiding from his killer, far away in a unique town of women. (Men are rarely allowed in Harper’s Station.)  Amos Bledsoe, also a telegraph operator, is a quiet fellow who enjoys his sister’s family, bicycles, and late night telegraph chats with the unknown Miss […]

Review: Ticket to Curlew and Wings to Fly by Celia Barker Lottridge

Much non-Christian fiction, especially award-winning fiction, has an edge to it.  Even when I read books for children I am tense, waiting for something really bad to happen, some twist of darkness or angst or evil. These two award-winning books by Celia Barker Lottridge, however, are refreshing fun and give a sympathetic look at immigration to Alberta […]

Canadian History Through Literature

The best way to learn about the past is to live in it, and we can do that with well-written books.  For Canadian history we have always focused on reading novels, stories, and even poems and have used textbooks mainly as outlines and guides.  This literature-based approach to Canadian history leads to great learning and […]

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