Format: Trade Paperback
Published: November 1, 2003
Publisher: Groundwood Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0888995806
ISBN - 13: 9780888995803
About the Book
Michael turned 14 in May. By June, both his parents have died, 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, hundreds of miles away. Hold Fast is the story of Michael's struggle in his new environment. In vivid prose, it depicts his fight against an array of enemies - loud-mouthed schoolmate Kenston, who ridicules his speech, and his uncle, who tries to rule his home life with an iron hand. It is also the story of the friendship that develops between Michael and Curtis, his cousin, and his uncertain new feelings for Brenda. Author Kevin Major says the book was written "out of love for a way of life and a people." A panel of readers and critics named Hold Fast Canada's second-best children's book of all time, second only to Anne of Green Gables.
From the Publisher
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).
About the Author
Kevin Major is one of the best Canadian writers of his generation,
and in 1992 he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. He
has written ten novels, many of which have been translated into
other languages. His books include Hold Fast (Hans
Christian Andersen Honor List, winner of the Governor General''s
Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Award and the Ruth
Schwartz Award), Far from Shore (winner of the Canadian
Young Adult Book Award), and The House of Wooden Santas
(Mr. Christie''s Book Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award). Most
recently, Ann and Seamus was shortlisted for eight book
awards including the Governor General''s Award. Kevin lives in St.