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Richardson, Dawn.

Illustrated by Bob Richardson. Moonbeam (Ont.), Penumbra Press, cl985. l08pp, paper, $7.95, ISBN 0-920806-73-2.

Grades 6-10
Reviewed by Lillian M. Turner

Volume 14 Number 5
1986 September

Smoke was published posthumously by the author's husband who was also responsible for the sometimes impressionistic, but effective illustrations. Dawn Richardson was the daughter of Grey Owl and Anaharea and through her writing, carried on her father's reproach to society for its attack on the natural environment.

Set in a wilderness area of northern British Columbia. Smoke is the story of a year in the life of a fifteen-year-old Metis boy, David Quinn. who is doing his school work through correspondence courses, but who must attend a year of high school in Port Alberni to qualify in science in order to reali/e his dream of becoming a veterinarian.

When David's father brings home a newborn wolf pup, whose mother has died from poison, it becomes central to his life, and although he is cautioned that as it grows it will answer the call of the wild, he gives it a name. "Smoke," and thinks of it as his own. David's parents and extended family share the wisdom gained from the experiences of the older people, which is sometimes as simple as keeping hands and minds busy during the confining long winter months. Their support becomes very important when his cousin and best friend is drowned, and when Smoke's life tragically ends.

This book is a worthwhile purchase, not only for its lesson about the behaviour of wolves, but because it also has a place as a rites of passage story for a young adult collection.

Lillian M. Turner, York Memorial C.I., Toronto, Ont.
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