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Marilyn Halvorson.
Richmond Hill, ON: Irwin, 1987.
194pp., paper, $10.95.
ISBN 0-7725-1652-9. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc--Juvenile fiction.
Adventure stories.
Alberta-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up

Reviewed by Patricia Fry.

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

This book is sure to enthrall teen-age readers with its fast-paced action and sensitive handling of traditional problems facing all young adults. It can be read on its own or enjoyed as a sequal to Let It Go ¹, which chronicled the earlier adventures of Lance and Red, two friends growing up in Alderton, Alberta.

In Nobody Said It Would Be Easy, Lance and Red share the adventures with Kat, Lance's cousin. She arrives with Uncle Joe just when Lance has to deal with the difficult news that his hand, injured in an earlier accident, might never heal completely. To make matters worse, it is his drawing hand and Lance has considerable talent and definite ambitions to become an artist.

Then the invitation comes from his Uncle Joe, a bush pilot, to help him move horses eighty miles across country. Lance, Kat, and Red fly with him in the battered Falcon to northern British Columbia but crash in a freak September snowstorm. Uncle Joe is killed on impact and his three passengers find themselves totally lost, miles off course, and unable to call for help. Against all these odds, the three must fight together for survival.

Marilyn Halvorson is a teacher who also runs a ranch near Sundre, Alberta. Her first novel, an award winner, was Cowboys Don't Cry ².

Patricia Fry, Toronto, ON.

¹ Reviewed vol. XIV/3 May 1986, p.ll4.
² Reviewed vol. Xll/6 November 1984, p.242.

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