Winter Shadows by Margaret BuffieWinter Shadows by Margaret Buffie

Winter Shadows

byMargaret Buffie

Hardcover | October 12, 2010

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Cass feels the long winter shadows on her heart. Her mother died of cancer and her father has remarried a woman who has moved into their old Manitoba house with her nasty, babyish daughter and an attitude that's very hard to take. Christmas promises to be a miserable time.

More than a century earlier, Christmas is proving to be difficult for Beatrice, too, for she has shadows of her own. Some are cast by her circumstances. She sees the growing prejudice against people like her who are of mixed Cree and Scottish backgrounds. And like Cass, she has a stepmother. Her father's new wife is threatened by Beatrice and is driving a wedge into the family. Beatrice can only be sure of her beloved Cree grandmother, relegated to a room upstairs. When a way of escape presents itself to Beatrice by way of an eligible bachelor, she is torn by the choice it offers her. Should she settle for a man she doesn't love or address the problems at home? Through her journal, she explores the answer and, at the same time, inspires Cass to find the strength she needs to face her own situation. Margaret Buffie's great skill as a storyteller creates a splendid, engaging novel that offers readers a rich combination of fine history, suspenseful shifts in time, and unforgettable characters.
MARGARET BUFFIE was born and grew up in the west end of Winnipeg. She began writing in 1985 and her first novel, Who is Frances Rain? quickly became a best seller. Since then, she has published nine more books for young adults. Her books have been published in the United States, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Germany,...
Title:Winter ShadowsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 7.97 × 5.65 × 1.07 inPublished:October 12, 2010Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887769683

ISBN - 13:9780887769689

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb. It is not often that I give a novel, 5/5 stars. Margaret Buffie is at the top of her craft with her latest novel, Winter Shadows. Two teens, 150 years apart, are connected through tragedy and time one Christmas Season. The trick about writing a novel in two different first person points of view is to make their voices distinct and compelling. Both Cass and Beatrice have their subtle nuances in speech that make them quite different and interesting. Teens will appreciate the struggle both have to contend with to fight and figure out what they want in two very different worlds. Her subtle touches of character descriptions, simple metaphors and setting made me feel like I was still in winter under a blanket of snow, instead of the stifling heat of a summer's day in June.
Date published: 2011-06-10

Editorial Reviews

"... a breathtaking novel that is part realism, part time-travel fantasy, and part coming of age tale."
"... The alternating narratives are gripping.... Readers will be pulled in by the searing history of bigotry as well as the universals of famiy conflict, love, and friendship."