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Phil Campagna.
Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1990.
160pp., paper, $12.95.
ISBN 0-88833-318-3. CIP.

Grades 7-9 / Ages 12-14

Reviewed by Kay Herman.

Volume 19 Number 1
1991 January

Phil Campagna is off to a good start with his first published book, The Freedom Run. The setting is unusual as it takes place in Chile, a country wrought with political unrest while struggling for democracy. Seventeen-year-old Michael Preston's comfortable life in rural Saskatchewan comes to an abrupt end when the aunt who adopted him dies. Michael tries desperately to convince his girl-friend not to go on her planned work mission in Chile - and ends up going with her instead.

After a chance encounter in the night, Michael becomes involved in a world of Chilean freedom fighters and decides to help his new found friend, a rebel by the name of Orlando. Unfortunately, Michael's escape plan gets bungled and Michael finds himself in charge of a band of orphans fleeing a relentless pursuer across the mountains into Argentina.

In this book, the reader is confronted with the different ways people fight for freedom - through violence and through peace - and this story is sure to enhance readers' understanding of struggles elsewhere in the world for the democracy that they take for granted. On a more personal level, Michael's experience and the choices he has to make clearly show the importance of standing up for what you believe.

This book is highly recommended to be used as a novel study in an intermediate grade.

Kay Herman, Chelsea Elementary School, Chelsea, PQ.
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