The Gospel Truth

October 1, 2014|
The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat
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2015 Governor General''s Literary Award Winner!!

Award-winning author Caroline Pignat's new historical novel recreates the world of a Virginia tobacco plantation in 1858. Through the different points of view of slaves, their masters and a visiting bird-watcher the world of the plantation comes to live in this verse novel.

Phoebe belongs to Master Duncan and works in the plantation kitchen. She sees how the other slaves are treated — the beatings and whippings, the disappearances. She hasn't seen her mother since Master Duncan sold her ten years ago. But Phoebe is trying to learn words and how to read and when she is asked to show the master's Canadian visitor, Doctor Bergman, where he can find warblers and chickadees she starts to see things differently. And Doctor Bergman has more in mind that just drawing the local birds.

Phoebe's friend Shad works on the plantation as well — but mostly he worries about his brother Will. His brother is the last member of his family and he is determined to escape from the master and the tobacco plantation. He has already been caught and beaten more than once. And the stories about life in Canada can't be true, can they? How does a man survive without the master there taking care of everything?

Author Caroline Pignat was interviewed by CanLit for LittleCanadians blog about The Gospel Truth and the Governor General''s finalist announcement. Click here to see the interview.

Caroline PignatBorn in Dublin and raised in Ottawa, Caroline Pignat teaches grade 12 Writer's Craft and grade 11 English in Ottawa. She is the Governor General's Award Winning Author of Greener Grass as well as the critically acclaimed young adult novels Egghead and Wild Geese.
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Title:The Gospel Truth
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:328 pages, 7.5 X 5.25 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:328 pages, 7.5 X 5.25 X 0.7 in
Published:October 1, 2014
Publisher:Red Deer Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780889954939

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