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The Hollow Tree

by Janet Lunn

Knopf Canada | August 28, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Hollow Tree is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
From one of Canada''s best loved children''s writers comes the enthralling tale of a brave young girl caught up in the American Revolutionary War. It is 1777 and Phoebe Olcott is thrown headlong into the horrors of war when her beloved cousin Gideon is hanged for being a British spy. When she finds a message left by Gideon containing the names of Loyalist families to be protected by the King''s army, Phoebe knows she must deliver the message to the general at Fort Ticonderoga. She sets out into the wilderness and soon meets up with Jem, a young Loyalist travelling to the safety of British Canada. As they travel across the country facing rebel guns, wild animals and worse, Phoebe and Jem discover they have a growing attraction for each other. But her own mission cannot be ignored and Phoebe once again finds herself alone, freezing and near death before she is reunited with Jem on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: August 28, 2001

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770428878

ISBN - 13: 9780770428877

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loyalists during the War of Independence This is the third book in a trilogy that I believe only has the connection that they take place in the same geographic area at some point. I read this book before a very long time ago but did not remember it as I re-read it this time. It's a bit slow to get into and not exactly a page-turner story. The plot is quiet and meandrous even though an adventure and mission is taking place. We are privy as much as to what is taking place inside Phoebe's thoughts as to what is happening to her physically. It is still a refreshing approach to the American War of Independence. The characters in the book are Loyalists who have to flee from their homes to Canada after being made to leave by the rebels, some violently others just forcibly. However, the main character, Phoebe, is neutral. Her freedom loving professor of a father leaves to fight for the rebels and gets killed the first year. At 13 she moves across the creek to her Aunt and Uncle's house. The Uncle is a pacifist, but his eldest son is Loyalist and goes off to fight for the King. Needless to say he suffers a gruesome end. Phoebe, now 15, goes across the country on her own, followed by a stray cat and bear cub, to complete her cousin's mission because she is loyal, loyal to family, not any side in any war. The book heavily portrays the terrible ways that neighbour turned against neighbour and the Loyalists were, any combination of, kicked out of their homes, property and chattel stolen, beaten, tarred and feathered, women and children with husbands gone off fighting were kicked out in the middle of the night with virtually nothing but their horse and cart and a bag of flour. Young men accused of being Loyalist were hanged and after the war these refugees hiding out in Canada were not allowed back into the new Independent America. The book also heavily focuses on that even while there was a war going on and many angry people had taken sides, just like in all wars anywhere, there were just so many people who really had no side, couldn't care less who won, just wanted their homes back, their towns to be safe, to be neighbourly again and their loved ones back home alive and hopefully in one piece. Even though I found the pacing slow, it is an enjoyable story with an exciting journey of survival across country and populated mostly with female characters.
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, exciting novel! This novel builds excitment as you read. You will find yourself up at 12:30am still reading, and not wanting to put it down. Phoebe is a strong, young woman for every girl to look up to. As she grows more mature she learns to deal with problems and becomes very brave. I am 13 and this book was perfect for me. I would recommend this book to anyone who asked!
Date published: 2003-07-22

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The Hollow Tree

by Janet Lunn

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: August 28, 2001

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770428878

ISBN - 13: 9780770428877

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By the River Throughout all her long life, Phoebe Olcott never forgot a single moment of the last happy afternoon she spent at home by the Connecticut River. It was on a day in May, in the year 1775, and she spent it in her favourite spot on the river bank on the Vermont side. Phoebe lived with her father in the little wilderness settlement of Hanover, on the New Hampshire side of the wide river. Five years earlier, their ox carts piled high with their belongings, the Olcotts had made the long trek north from their settled town in Connecticut when Eleazer Wheelock had moved both his Presbyterian college and the Indian school north to Hanover. Jonathan Olcott had come to teach at the college. Teachers and students alike had set to, with a will, to fell the enormous white pines and build their habitations, but, in 1775, the college was still only a collection of rough buildings surrounding the stump-filled clearing called The Green. To Phoebe it was the centre of the world and she loved it. She loved the big unpainted dormitories and classrooms and the big college barn at the corner of The Green. She loved Dr. Wheelock’s house, which everyone called The Mansion House. She loved the ringing sound of iron on iron that emerged from the fiery depths of Israel Curtis’s blacksmith shop as he fashioned horseshoes and door hinges and fire boxes, and she loved Master Seaver’s carpentry shop with its scent of fresh pine wood shavings. She even loved Captain Storr’
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From the Publisher

From one of Canada''s best loved children''s writers comes the enthralling tale of a brave young girl caught up in the American Revolutionary War. It is 1777 and Phoebe Olcott is thrown headlong into the horrors of war when her beloved cousin Gideon is hanged for being a British spy. When she finds a message left by Gideon containing the names of Loyalist families to be protected by the King''s army, Phoebe knows she must deliver the message to the general at Fort Ticonderoga. She sets out into the wilderness and soon meets up with Jem, a young Loyalist travelling to the safety of British Canada. As they travel across the country facing rebel guns, wild animals and worse, Phoebe and Jem discover they have a growing attraction for each other. But her own mission cannot be ignored and Phoebe once again finds herself alone, freezing and near death before she is reunited with Jem on the shores of Lake Ontario.

About the Author

Janet Lunn is one of Canada’s most respected writers for children. Her books include The Root Cellar, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay, The Hollow Tree, and (with Christopher Moore) The Story of Canada. Her many distinguished awards, national and international, include the Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work, two Governor General’s Awards, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and the Canada Council Children’s Literature Prize, among others. She lives in Ottawa.

Editorial Reviews

"Janet Lunn is one of Canada''s best writers of [historical fiction for young readers].... This is a gripping adventure story that is steeped in Canadian history." — The London Free Press "Readers of The Root Cellar and Shadow in Hawthorne Bay will rejoice. This is a contemporary book, yet is also old-fashioned in the very best sense of the term." — The Calgary Herald "An exciting story, well told, but perhaps its greatest strength is its beautifully realized central character. Phoebe Olcott''s journey on foot mirrors an equally momentous personal and spiritual journey, one that maps the develop-ment of a wise, moral child into a brave and entirely admirable young woman." — The Globe and Mail "Very engaging ... suspenseful ... emotionally compelling.... Janet Lunn again proves herself the best young adult romance writer we''ve got. If you needed your hankies for Shadow in Hawthorne Bay, get them out again for The Hollow Tree ." — Quill & Quire "Janet Lunn formulates an enthralling tale rich in historical accuracy dealing with emotional bonds and the horrors of the American Revolution." — Kitchener-Waterloo Record , The Year''s Best Books for Kids "From the opening sentence, we are borne into [ The Hollow Tree ''s] world with such assurance that we know at once we are in good hands." — The Ottawa Citizen "An enthralling novel for young readers.... It is filled with danger a
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Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12