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Fort St. John (B.C.), Treeline Press, c1983. 195pp, paper, $7.50, ISBN 0-920117-00-7. Distributed by Treeline Press, Fort St. John, B.C., V1J 6K1.

Grades 6 and up
Reviewed by Gerry and David Young

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

The short stories, excerpts from novels-in-progress, and poetry in this anthology are fresh and often compelling.

The book consists of five sections and is decorated throughout with attractive black-and-white illustrations. The collection is dedicated to "Oldtimers" in honour of the year of the Senior Citizen and the first section contains writings from talented local Peace River pioneers. The second and third parts contain poetic and fictional descriptions of a variety of northern British Columbia and Alberta styles of life. In the fourth section, the "Young-timers" have an opportunity to express themselves. The last section consists of poems from more famous Canadian writers, Musgrave, Ringwood, Bisset, and Gom. Leona Gom lives in the Peace country. The others' connection is less obvious.

The reader becomes involved in stories with northern lights, trappers, proud hungry strangers, an Indian cemetery, snow storms, wolves, bears, death, raw cowboys, pioneer women, and a submarine in Hudson Bay! There is a memorable Christmas story and a description of hanging wallpaper that humorously evokes life "in this area." The totally unexpected ending of "The Hunter" will make the reader start over. Particularly memorable to this reviewer are the stories "The Driller," by B. Cullen, and "The Guitar Lady" by E. Bradley. I hope fiction editors across the country are keeping watch on these two writers.

Gerry and David Young, Fort Nelson, B.C.
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