Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Published: August 28, 2001
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0770428878
ISBN - 13: 9780770428877
Read from the Book
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’
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.
"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