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Cora Taylor.
Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1987.
128pp., paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-88833231-9. CIP.

Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up

Reviewed by A. L. Florence.

Volume 16 Number 2
1988 March

Recovering from rheumatic fever at her grandmother's while her parents are preparing to separate and divorce, ten-year-old Meg becomes attached to a special doll, Jessie, which has been an heirloom in the Shearer family. Jessie becomes the open sesame for Meg to an ancient pioneer family travelling west from Ontario along the Carlton Trail. Meg transforms into Morag in her pioneer world and, holding the doll, moves back and forth across time, becoming increasingly involved in past adventures and exerting great efforts to "help out" in the pioneer struggle. Only when a prairie fire exhausts Morag and her death frees Meg to live entirely in modern times with her separating parents does Meg finally realize she can learn to cope with these problems, as well.

Cora Taylor creates two very credible worlds with two sets of problems; each world has its own strains and solutions. Young readers will identify with both worlds and will experience Meg's growth pangs as she resolves concrete problems and learns to cope with the more difficult ones of attitude and understanding.

The publisher should give serious reconsideration to the cover. It really doesn't do justice to the content, and won't encourage casual readers.

A. L. Florence, Winnipeg, MB.
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