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Adeline hasn't seen her father for four years, but his letters promise a splendid new life and a house of their own. When they step off the train in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, the reality is very different. Home is a sod house in "Germantown," a squatter settlement on CPR land at the edge of town. For a long time Adeline can't forgive her father for bringing her here.

Life in her new home is definitely dramatic. Adeline experiences a tornado, a devastating fire, and relentless ...

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Overview

Adeline hasn't seen her father for four years, but his letters promise a splendid new life and a house of their own. When they step off the train in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, the reality is very different. Home is a sod house in "Germantown," a squatter settlement on CPR land at the edge of town. For a long time Adeline can't forgive her father for bringing her here.

Life in her new home is definitely dramatic. Adeline experiences a tornado, a devastating fire, and relentless prejudice from Sarah, a girl in her class. But she also makes friends. Cat, a Germantown girl, shows her how to pick wild berries, and Henry, a boy with a physical disability, helps her get precious library books.

By Christmas, Adeline has begun to like Canada, forgiven her father, and won respect with her singing ability. Sarah considers setting aside her own ambitions to choose Adeline to sing the solo in the Christmas concert. Could this really happen?

The author of nineteen books in numerous genres, Linda Aksomitis has two children's historical fiction novels with Coteau Books. Her first, Adeline's Dream, drawn from the history of Qu'Appelle where she lives, is part of the From Many Peoples Series.

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Adeline's Dream tells the story of the German immigrant Adeline Mueller as she and her family struggle to find a home in the unfamiliar land of Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1910. The family's lives have been dramatically changed, but Adeline, who once dreamed of becoming a great opera singer, fears she can no longer follow this dream. Her family must overcome many hardships: fire, tornados, prohibition, and financial difficulty, while 12 year-old Adeline struggles with the new language, prejudice, and making friends. Aksomitis has created a heart-warming story about learning to adapt and maintaining hope during a time of change. Some German words are sprinkled throughout the text, but they are easy to decipher due to the context or a direct translation. This historical novel is not the typical page-turner that many young readers are accustomed to, but rather it is a throwback to the writing style of L.M. Montgomery, for each chapter tells a mini story much like Anne of Green Gables. 2006, Coteau Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Elizabeth Sulock
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-When Linna, 12, moves from Germany with her mother and brother to Canada where her father has been working, she fears that she will be forced to give up her dream of becoming an opera singer. In her new home, she lives in a sod house and struggles to learn the language. Her relationship with her father is strained as she cannot seem to forgive him for pulling her away from her comfortable old life. With determination, patience, and plenty of work, however, both Adeline and her family discover that their dreams didn't die with the move and that life can be sweet wherever home is found. Adeline is a sympathetic character, and her family is well drawn. Readers who enjoy historical fiction will be served well by this title.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781550503234
  • Publisher: Coteau Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: From Many Peoples
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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