From the winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's
Literature comes one of Canada's best-loved, bestselling books for
In the award-winning follow-up to the beloved children's
classic, The Root Cellar, Janet Lunn brings us an
enthralling historical tale of Celtic magic, kindred spirits and
the struggles of pioneer life in Upper Canada.
Shadow in Hawthorn Bay introduces fifteen-year-old Mary
Urquhart, a Scottish girl with a special gift - the gift of "second
sight". One morning, in the spring of 1815, Mary hears her beloved
cousin Duncan calling desperately for her help. But Duncan is 3,000
miles away in Upper Canada, and to journey to him means leaving the
safety and comfort of home for an unknown wilderness.
Answering the call, Mary finds herself battling dark forces in a
foreign land. But as she struggles for her survival and
independence, she unexpectedly finds friendship -- with cheerful
Yankee Patty, with Owena, the quiet Indian who recognizes the
healing powers in her, and with Luke -- so different from "Duncan
"Janet Lunn weaves a luminous spell."
"Finely crafted ... enthralling and mysterious historical
--The Globe and Mail
"A story about the mystery and tremendous strength and
determination of the human spirit ... Lunn's mature writing allows
her readers to feel every detail of her narrative: the harsh beauty
of the Highlands, the misery of the ocean crossing, the suffocating
loneliness of the forest and the warmth of friendships forged in
the common struggle for survival."
--Books in Canada
"A fine, sensitive story [with] an engaging heroine ... and
pioneer families. Lunn has woven a rich, engrossing story of growth
and self discovery ... Fine, evocative writing."
--London Free Press
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.