336 pages, 7.97 × 5.65 × 1.07 in
October 12, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0887769683
ISBN - 13: 9780887769689
About the Book
Cass, unhappy and alienated, finds a mysterious antique brooch and feels a link to the owner that transcends time and space.
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
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, and China. Margaret Buffie has been honored with several awards including the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work.
"... a breathtaking novel that is part realism, part time-travel fantasy, and part coming of age tale."
—QUILL & QUIRE
"... 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."