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edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2017
ISBN:9781553804932
publisher: Ronsdale Press

The Nor'Wester

by David Starr

tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867)
Description

This gripping novel for young readers begins in 1805, when fifteen-year-old Duncan Scott and his sister Libby lose their parents in a Glasgow cotton mill fire. Their tragedy is compounded when, through one reckless act of grief, the Scott children become fugitives as well as orphans, and must flee Scotland. Across the border in England, Duncan and Libby are betrayed by their travelling companion. In a desperate attempt to save Duncan from the gallows, Libby sacrifices her freedom for her brother's - a selfless act of courage on the Liverpool docks that sends her to prison and propels Duncan over the storm-swept waters of the Atlantic to Canada. After a year in Montreal, Duncan is enlisted to travel by canoe across the continent to New Caledonia, carrying secret orders for the trader, Simon Fraser. Before he can go home and find Libby, Duncan must join Fraser on a dangerous voyage of discovery to the Pacific Ocean, a journey down what Fraser assumes is the Columbia River but which turns out to be what later will be called the Fraser. Along the way, Duncan faces death, danger and treason, and must somehow find the courage to save his companions, the expedition, and himself.

About the Author

David Starr

DAVID STARR has been the principal at Edmonds Community School, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Burnaby, BC, for three years. He is also a writer who won the 2008 Vancouver Province's "Serial Thriller" competition. David Starr, his students, and his staff at Edmonds have been featured in Now News, The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, the Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio and Global News.
Contributor Notes

DAVID STARR is a prize-winning author of three previous books. In Bombs to Books he chronicled the stories of refugee children and their families coming to B.C. Golden Goal is a YA soccer-themed book for reluctant readers, and The Insider's Guide to K?12 Education in BC is a resource guide for parents about the B.C. school system. David Starr is a high school principal who lives in Coquitlam, B.C.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
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