Dear Canada: All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby Roberts, Frank, District of Alberta, 1902

Hardcover | January 1, 2014

byJean Little

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A young girl survives the deadliest natural disaster in Canadian history - but a family secret could call into question everything she thought she knew about her life before the tragedy.

After her father dies, Abby and her family move west to live with relatives who run a hotel in the mining town of Frank, Alberta. Abby keeps busy helping out at the hotel, being chief caregiver to her little brother with Down Syndrome, and learning Morse code at the telegraph office.

When the devastating Frank Slide buries much of the town, Abby must do all she can to help. But a long-buried family secret emerged just before the disaster - and now she will have to wait for the dust to settle before getting the answers she so desperately wants.

Inspired by two of her own relatives, one who helped run a telegraph office in the late 1800s and another who shares Abby's story (and her family secret), Jean Little crafts a compelling story rich with emotion and historical detail.

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A young girl survives the deadliest natural disaster in Canadian history - but a family secret could call into question everything she thought she knew about her life before the tragedy. After her father dies, Abby and her family move west to live with relatives who run a hotel in the mining town of Frank, Alberta. Abby keeps busy h...

JEAN LITTLE is one of Canada's most highly acclaimed writers for children. She is member of the Order of Canada, and is the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work and the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. Jean is the author of several bestselling Dear Canada titles, including If I Die Before I Wake, Orp...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 7.66 × 5.56 × 0.78 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443119199

ISBN - 13:9781443119191

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Downs Syndrome This is Jean Little's fifth book in the Dear Canada series and an emotional tale probably best aimed at the older end of the recommended 8-12 age group. However, I found it somewhat different than the other books I've read in this series. The book isn't really about the Frank Slide; instead it is a story of a family with its own plot set against the historical setting where the Frank slide tragedy comes as the climax. The story deals with some excellent emotional topics. Starting with the death of the father, the family that no longer has a "head of the household" moves across the country to live with relatives. The father was a brutish man, not physically, but no one greatly misses him and other topics deeply running through the book include adoption, downs syndrome and a young girl running off with a philanderer. All of this is set against the background of a 1900s Alberta coal mining town and details the mindset of that time period. A lovely story.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! it was an awesome book! I took it out of the library at my school me and all of my friends loved! I love jean little and all of her books! this was so far my favourite dear Canada book that I have read so far!
Date published: 2014-05-31

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Praise for Jean Little:

"The period comes to life under her pen, and so do the characters . . . A delightful read." -The Toronto Star (for Exiles From the War)

"The book is eloquently written, expertly paced, and emotionally resonant . . . an excellent and enjoyable story." -Canadian Review of Materials (for Orphan at My Door)