Guardian by Natasha DeenGuardian by Natasha Deen


byNatasha Deen

Paperback | September 1, 2014

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This is the story of the formative years of Canada's most famous newspaper editor, John Wesley Dafoe. Written by his grandson, it is an honest account of the man that his family and his friends knew, from his unpromising beginnings in the backwoods of pre-Confederation Ontario to his early and unexpected success in nineteenth-century Canadian journalism. It includes an examination of Dafoe's family background, his education, his early career, his rise as a national and international figure and his lifelong search for a true Canadian identity. Some of it is told in his own words, some is drawn from the recollections of those who knew him. It is a quintessentially Canadian story and one that is worth remembering.
One of the best parts of being a writer for Natasha Deen is presenting at schools, conferences, and workshops. She's also appeared in a variety of media outlets as a literacy advocate. When not working, she hangs out with her furry boys.
Title:GuardianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2014Publisher:Great Plains PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927855098

ISBN - 13:9781927855096

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great YA Any time I pick up a book by Natasha Deen I start with great expectations. With Guardian, she managed to exceed my expectations by leaps and bounds. I loved this book. It is important to note that I am NOT an e-reader fan. My copy of Guardian is electronic. Somehow I managed to get so totally lost in the story that I forgot I was reading my computer, I forgot I was sitting in my living room, I was in Dead Falls, Alberta with Serge and Maggie. Any time you pick up a book by this author, you can be sure that the writing will flow well, the story will be consistent and the editing will be perfect. Guardian is no exception to this rule. I love a book that makes you forget you are reading and instead pulls you in to live the story. Guardian did that for me. The theme of bully/victim dynamics is relevant and important, especially in the YA world. In Guardian, Natasha Deen proposes a solution to this problem in communication and understanding. A great message for both sides of this problem to consider. She doesn't excuse the bully in any way or diminish the pain of the victim and still manages to resolve the issues in a realistic way. I am traipsing dangerously close to spoiler territory here so I will stop, but know that this book is one of the best YA books I have read in a long time.
Date published: 2014-11-30

Editorial Reviews

"The story of a remarkable young man who accomplished greatness after he realized early that 'I was born to be a scribbler and a scribbler I'll be all my life.' Chris, who was eight when his grandfather died, clearly inherited the scribbler mantle." -Gerald Flood, the Winnipeg Free Press