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Circle of Silver

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It is 1760, and Lord MacNeil decides that the way to make a man of his 13-year-old son, John, is to bring him along from England to Canada. He knows that John, with his expert drawing skills, will make an excellent cartographer of Canada's wilderness; an activity that will keep him away from the dangers of war.

On the eve of John's departure, his beloved twin sister, Jane, gives him her treasured silver ring. As John wears this circle of silver, it becomes the link to everything...

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Overview

It is 1760, and Lord MacNeil decides that the way to make a man of his 13-year-old son, John, is to bring him along from England to Canada. He knows that John, with his expert drawing skills, will make an excellent cartographer of Canada's wilderness; an activity that will keep him away from the dangers of war.

On the eve of John's departure, his beloved twin sister, Jane, gives him her treasured silver ring. As John wears this circle of silver, it becomes the link to everything he loves: his homeland, the frontier, and his newly-made friends - especially the intriguing Marie Roy. Set against a backdrop of tradition, growing unrest, and the looming danger of Pontiac's Rebellion, John's experiences in a young Canada do indeed carry him toward manhood.

The first in a trilogy, A Circle of Silver brings history, memory, and hope together in a seamless adventure of discovery.

In 1760, thirteen-year-old John MacNeil, a skilled artist, leaves England and his beloved twin sister to join his father on a journey to the Canadian wilderness, where his role as official cartographer brings him often dangerous adventures, including an encounter with Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When Lord MacNeil announces that his thirteen-year-old son John will accompany him on an overseas journey to Canada, his twin sister Jane slips her silver ring on his finger as a physical token of their friendship and love. The ring remains with John as he ventures into the Canadian wilderness and uses his skills as an artist to draw maps for the King of England. Although war rages in this year of 1760, John manages to stay safe on the outskirts. Crossing the ocean, camping along rivers, and encountering French traders and Odawa Indians all teach John about both fear and courage. Becoming friends with Marie Magdelaine Roy, a young girl living at Fort Detroit, teaches John about love and friendship. Told with clarity and compassion, this coming-of-age story weaves together the tales of three young people—John, Jane and Marie. Readers will delight in this artful combination of history and fiction. The first in a trilogy, A Circle of Silver, provides a human touch to Canadian and English history. 1999, Stoddart Kids, $7.95. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-John MacNeil's father, an officer in the King's army, decides he will take his artistic son to Canada to toughen him up and make a man of him. The 13-year-old leaves his family with much regret, but soon finds that life on a ship, and later on the frontier, agrees with him. Set in the 1760s, this book does a great job of capturing the hardships and excitement of the era. Readers follow John from the first time he climbs the rigging during the ocean passage, to the moment of his return when he gives his beloved twin sister a handful of precious apple seeds from the orchard of his new friends. They will cheer when King George, having heard of the boy's talents at sketching, appoints him his own artist in Canada, charged with recording the land and people in charcoal. They'll snicker at the pompous lieutenant who accompanies them into the wilderness. And they will be as happy as he is when he finally loses, after much abuse, the last vestige of what seemed to embody his Englishness-his white wig. All the while, readers will also keep track of his feisty sister's growing maturity through her infrequent but treasured letters to him. The book is peppered with many fascinating characters, quite a few of them historical. A lively novel with elements of romance and adventure.-Carrie Schadle, Beginning with Children School, New York City Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613813471
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

A prolific writer and educator, Maxine Trottier makes history come alive in picture books and novels for young readers. Her award-winning titles include Claire's Gift, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award, The Paint Box, and Prairie Willow. Born in Michigan, Maxine is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and makes her home in Port Stanley, Ontario.

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