Dear Canada: All Fall Down
by Jean Little
ISBN 9781443119191 Hardcover
ISBN 9781443128971 Ebook
200 Pages | 5.56" x 7.66" | Ages 9 to 12
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A young girl survives the deadliest natural disaster in Canadian history - but a family secret could call into question everything she thought she knew about her life before the tragedy.
After her father dies, Abby and her family move west to live with relatives who run a hotel in the mining town of Frank, Alberta. Abby keeps busy helping out at the hotel, being chief caregiver to her little brother with Down Syndrome, and learning Morse code at the telegraph office.
When the devastating Frank Slide buries much of the town, Abby must do all she can to help. But a long-buried family secret emerged just before the disaster - and now she will have to wait for the dust to settle before getting the answers she so desperately wants.
Inspired by two of her own relatives, one who helped run a telegraph office in the late 1800s and another who shares Abby's story (and her family secret), Jean Little crafts a compelling story rich with emotion and historical detail.
Praise for Jean Little:
"The period comes to life under her pen, and so do the characters . . . A delightful read." -The Toronto Star (for Exiles From the War)
"The book is eloquently written, expertly paced, and emotionally resonant . . . an excellent and enjoyable story." -Canadian Review of Materials (for Orphan at My Door)
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2015
- Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2015
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2014
- Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2014
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