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Janet Lunn.
Toronto, ON: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
216pp., cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 0-886919-134-3. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Extrasensory perception-Fiction.

Grades 8 and up / Ages 13 and up

Reviewed by Joan McGrath.

Volume 15 Number 1
1987 January

A young highland lass, Mary Urquhart, is haunted by the voice of her beloved cousin, who is now across the world in the wilderness that was Upper Canada in 1815. Mary's hauntings must be taken seriously, for she is blessed (cursed, she rather feels) with a kind of second sight, that warns her of the presence or likelihood of danger, but does nothing to protect her from its effects. Bound by a lifelong loyalty to her cousin Duncan, Mary crosses the sea alone to find him, at fearful risk to herself. Upon her arrival, she meets with utterly dismaying news. To tell more would risk damage to the perfect bloom of a gripping story; for just as Mary is haunted by her voices and what she discovers at Hawthorn Bay, so too is the reader. At one and the same time a realistic evocation of a period of pioneer struggle and a magical spell cast by a master storyteller, this very special YA title is as beautiful within as is promised by the pastel cover without.

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, ON.
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