Sundog Season by John GeddesSundog Season by John Geddes

Sundog Season

byJohn Geddes

Paperback | May 10, 2005

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Co-Winner of the 2006 Ottawa Book Award for English fiction, whose jury wrote: "The Sundog Season is a nuanced portrayal of small-town life, seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in a northern Ontario mining town. This part coming-of-age, part mystery novel is witty and wise, packed full of memorable characters and original situations, all beautifully written."This first novel tells the story of a boy whose life changes when a mysterious, menacing new police sergeant arrives in town. Setting out to discover the taciturn officer's secrets, the young narrator must sift through gossip, fortune telling, and signs in the sky. "The writing," W.P. Kinsella said in Books in Canada, "is exceptional, clear, straightforward, allowing us to see and hear the characters as if they were in the room." He also praised the novel's "subtle but wonderful plot twists."The Sundog Season drew wide critical acclaim for its wintry images of Northern Ontario and its vivid characters. "Remarkable." The Gazette (Montreal). "Adept." The Globe and Mail. "Extraordinarily skillful." The Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay). "A joy to read." The Ottawa Citizen.The Sundog Season's particular appeal for young adult readers was highlighted when it was short-listed for the Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award. And for its chapters that evoke the atmosphere of a small-town Canadian arena, Dave Bidini, author of The Best Game You Can Name, cited The Sundog Season in The Globe and Mail as being among the finest hockey books.
John Geddes is an Ottawa writer and journalist. Born in Shawville, Quebec, he grew up in Cochenour, a small mining town in northern Ontario. He has served as Maclean's magazine's bureau chief on Parliament Hill since 2000, and was a 2003 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.
Title:Sundog SeasonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 10, 2005Publisher:Turnstone PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088801306x

ISBN - 13:9780888013064

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sundog Season I didn't find too much appeal to this novel.... I found it a bit boring and the plot didn't contain that much excitement...
Date published: 2009-03-05

Editorial Reviews

W.P. Kinsella in Books in Canada, November 2005:"Subtle but wonderful plot twists. The writing is exceptional, clear, straightforward, allowing us to see and hear the characters as if they were in the room."The Gazette (Montreal), July 30, 2005:"A fine, bittersweet story of adolescence... Geddes's command of his material, and of his elegiac tone, is remarkable."The Ottawa Citizen, June 5, 2005:"A joy to read... The portrayal of the 13-year-old boy is achingly real." The Globe and Mail, July 9, 2005:"Especially adept at capturing the shifting rapport between loving mother and coddled son."The Winnipeg Free Press, June 26, 2005:"Equal parts North of 60, Stand By Me and bruising body checks...Geddes nicely catches the woodsmoke and claustrophobia of a northern town." The Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay), June 26, 2005:"Beautifully written... extraordinarily skillful in its recreation of an adolescent's world."