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Another Shore
     

Another Shore

by Nancy Bond
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lyn, 17, takes a summer job in a reconstructed village in Nova Scotia, and finds herself transported back in time to the original French settlement. She is accepted there as a member of a local family, and gradually begins to adapt to new conditions and routines. Lyn learns that she is not alone in her predicamentamong the villagers are two who have similarly been thrown back from the 20th centurybut this knowledge does not help her solve the puzzle of how to return to her own time. As her attachments to those around her deepen, her dilemma becomes even more complex: not merely how to go back to her century, but whether to try to go back at all. Bond evokes the details, ambience and inhabitants of an 18th century port village so skillfully that the reader happily makes every necessary suspension of disbelief. The novel also explores such rich, timeless themes as identity, loyalty and the ambiguity of many necessary choices. It finishes on a note so unexpected and striking that the book's power will not easily forgotten. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9-12 Bond, author of A String in the Harp (Macmillan, 1976), a fine time fantasy set in Wales, uses the genre to entirely different effect here. Lyn Paget is spending the summer before college working as a serving girl at the reconstructed 18th-Century Nova Scotia port town of Louisbourg. She researches the life of a young girl of that time period named Elisabeth Bernard to give her character a real base. One day she blacks out and awakens to find that it is 1744 and that others regard her as the original Elisabeth. Struggling to understand what has happened to her and to survive, Lyn/Elisabeth discovers that she is not the only person to have slipped back through time, and the others have been unable to find a way back to the 20th Century. Bond skillfully builds the details of Lyn/Elisabeth's new life and involves readers along with her as she struggles to reconcile 20th-Century values with those of the 18th Century. As Jean Marzollo does in Halfway Down Paddy Lane (Dial, 1981), Bond includes vivid details about life styles, particularly ideas about cleanliness and personal habits, which are generally omitted from time fantasies for younger readers. Lyn/Elisabeth begins to grow attached to her ``family'' and to a man in whom she tries to confide, bonds that take on greater significance when readers realize that she apparently is not going to be able to return to the present. This intense twist on the time fantasy genre forces readers not only to learn from the past but to accept its reality. Lengthy and challenging, this book more likely will appeal to readers of historical fiction than to readers of fantasy, as it is in the area of history that its real lessons lie. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689504631
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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