Michael turned fourteen in May. By June, both his parents are
dead, victims of a car crash. And for Michael, who has lived all
his life in a small Newfoundland outport community, this means
being suddenly uprooted and sent to live with relatives in St.
Albert, a city hundreds of miles away.
Hold Fast is the story of Michael's struggle
to survive in his new environment. In vivid, honest prose, it
depicts his fight against those who stand as threats to his pride
in himself and his way of life -- the loud-mouthed Kentson who
makes fun of the way he talks at school, and his uncle who tries to
rule life at home with an iron hand. It is also the story of the
friendship that develops between Michael and Curtis, his cousin,
and of his new uncertain feelings for Brenda.
Hold Fast has received many awards, and a panel of
experts from across Canada named it the country's
second-best children's book of all time (second only to
Anne of Green Gables).