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The Acadian Star Competition is the biggest thing to ever happen in Meg Gallant's small town. Meg dreams of performing onstage with her best friend, Nève. If they're lucky, they might even make it to the finals. But Meg's weird old aunt, Tante Perle, has been acting stranger and stranger-and just before the finale of the competition, she whisks Meg away from everything she knows. Meg suddenly finds herself trapped in the time of the tragic Acadian Deportation and she has to choose between escaping to her own time...

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The Acadian Star Competition is the biggest thing to ever happen in Meg Gallant's small town. Meg dreams of performing onstage with her best friend, Nève. If they're lucky, they might even make it to the finals. But Meg's weird old aunt, Tante Perle, has been acting stranger and stranger-and just before the finale of the competition, she whisks Meg away from everything she knows. Meg suddenly finds herself trapped in the time of the tragic Acadian Deportation and she has to choose between escaping to her own time and saving a girl who looks remarkably like Nève. Why is she trapped in the eighteenth century? Will she be able to save this stranger? This remarkable book for middle readers introduces us to contemporary Acadian characters and also offers a young girl's perspective on the Acadian Deportation and the Cajun people of Louisiana.

Hélène Boudreau is an Acadian writer and artist. She writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Ontario. This is her debut novel.

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"Solid time-slip fantasy...Boudreau draws an accurate picture of the tug-of-war, on again-off again friendship angst that grade 6 girls agonize over."
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Marguerite (Meg) Gallant never thought much about her heritage, except as it relates to her town's upcoming Acadian Star competition. She and her best friend Neve have been selected to sing the traditional duet finale, and both are hoping for a berth in the finals in Halifax. The night of the competition, though, nothing seems to go right. First, Meg gets in a fight with her mother about inviting her crazy aunt, Tante Perle. Then, she finds out Neve's family is moving. Meg feels like she is cursed, but even that does not suspend her disbelief when she discovers that it is true. Just hours before the finale, Tante Perle reveals that all the Gallant women carry a curse, begun when the first Marguerite failed to stop herself and the original Genevieve from being separated in the Acadian Deportation of 1755. Since then, Perle, Meg, and others have been fated to lose their childhood friends—all incarnations of Genevieve—forever. Before the separation between her and Neve becomes permanent, Meg must travel back through her family's history to save Genevieve's life… at the risk of her own. Boudreau's adventure through time draws heavily on Acadian Deportation, but readers unfamiliar with this event never receive a full explanation of its cultural context and importance. While potentially frustrating, that omission is the only truly noticeable flaw in this smart and fun—if admittedly formulaic—addition to the time-travel genre. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551096827
  • Publisher: Nimbus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hélène Boudreau is an Acadian writer and artist. A native of Isle Madame, Nova Scotia, she writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Ontario. Her writing has appeared in various publications.This is her debut novel.
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