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Janet Craig James

Kapuskasing (Ont.), Penumbra Press, 1988. 128pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN 0-921254-06-7

Grades 7 to 10/Ages 12 to 15
Reviewed by Elizabeth Woodger.

Volume 17 Number 4
1989 July

Louis is a fifteen-year-old Indian boy experiencing the trials of adolescence, in his case accentuated by his parents' marital problems and by racial issues in his community. Through contact with a new neighbour, he realizes that his talent in drawing pictures of the northland he loves may open up new possibilities beyond his probable future as a fisherman. Louis' trip to southern Ontario, where his work is examined by an expert and approved, brings him a choice between the life-style of the north and success through developing his talents and displaying his work.

The descriptions of the beauty and freedom of the north are presented with real sensitivity so that we understand the claustrophobia experienced by a northerner in an urban community. Louis' feelings and thoughts are believable. If this book were chosen as a classroom novel, there could be interesting discussions about the relationships between Louis and his parents as well as analysis of the parents' interactions.

The novel is nicely rounded out by descriptions of the community and the changes people outside Louis' family are experiencing in their personal and social lives. Recommended.

Elizabeth Woodger, St. Mary's High School, Kitchener, Ont.
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