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category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2017
publisher: Ronsdale Press

The Nor'Wester

by David Starr

tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867)

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 sea, 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 is the principal of Byrne Creek Community School, a grade 8-12 school in Burnaby, B.C. Prior to that, he was the principal at Edmonds Community School, an elementary school in the same neighbourhood. He is a Vancouver Canuck Community MVP and is one of the UBC Faculty of Education's Top 100 graduates, along with Canadian paralympian Rick Hansen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. David is the author of several other fiction and non-fiction books and has spoken nationally and internationally on community and refugee education.

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

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