CM February 2, 
1996. Vol. 2, Number 16

image The Root Cellar. 2nd ed.

Janet Lunn. Illustrated by Scott Cameron.
Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1994. 231pp, hardcover, $24.95.
ISBN 1-895555-39-6. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Space and time--Fiction.
Farm life--Fiction.

Grades 3 - 9 / Ages 8 - 14.
Review by John D. Crawford.


It had rained in the night, and the morning sun shined up the cobbles on the street and made the iron knobs of the hitching posts that stood in a row in front of the depot look like polished ebony sticks.

 Janet Lunn's The Root Cellar needs no review. It is a well-established novel for young teenagers which has won many awards. This attractive second edition, published thirteen years after the book first appeared, is distinguished from its predecessor chiefly by the illustrations. Scott Cameron's work is impressive and provides the reader with a sense of times past and a picture of the characters of the story.

As the original is out of print, any elementary- or middle-school library in Canada which does not have a copy of The Root Cellar on its shelves would do well to purchase a copy of the second edition; those with a copy of the first edition should consider carefully whether the condition and usage of that copy warrants its being added to or replaced.


John D. Crawford is a retired teacher/librarian living in Victoria.

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