Archipelago

Archipelago

by David Ward
     
 

Twelve-year-old Jonah and his mother, a well-known photographer, are on a self-healing mission, exploring the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands. They are each trying in their own way to get over the tragic loss of father and husband whodied in a rock climbing accident months before.

One day, a mysterious girl appears wading in the waters near their

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Jonah and his mother, a well-known photographer, are on a self-healing mission, exploring the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands. They are each trying in their own way to get over the tragic loss of father and husband whodied in a rock climbing accident months before.

One day, a mysterious girl appears wading in the waters near their floathouse, and an even more mysterious mist saves Jonah from his own plunge off a clifftop, Jonah is plunged into a time travel adventure that takes him back 14,000 years when the Charlottes were one of the stops for the ancient peoples making their way from Asia over the Bering Strait and down through the Americas. It is a time when the seas were much lower than they are in the 21st century because of the proliferation of ice and the different climate—and so the map of the islands had changed significantly. For Jonah this is a healing quest, teaming with Akilah, the girl from that other time who teaches him survival skills he has never dreamed of. There is menace in the confrontation with the Crossers—more recent arrivals from the Bering Strait—and from all manner of natural hazards. The burgeoning friendship with Akilah arouses all Jonah's generous instincts and yearning for love. Above all, he discovers personal strengths that help him get past the loss of his father, qualities and realizations that he brings back to his mother when the adventure is complete.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you like the notion of traveling back in time, then Archipelago by David Ward is a must read for you. . . The plot is jam-packed with plenty of unpredictable action. . . This is a great book to read for pleasure whether you are 10-years-old or an adult. Ward will take his readers on a nail-biting adventure back into time, and they will not want to put the book down until it is finished."

Highly Recommended"

CM Magazine

"Lovers of time travel will enjoy this book set in B.C.'s Queen Charlotte Islands. Jonah is accompanying his artist mother to the islands when an accident transports him back 14, 000 years to a time that is strikingly different. Yet his attraction to a stone-age Aboriginal girl is surprisingly modern."

Winnipeg Free Press

"David Ward's clear, direct prose keeps the plot lively, and his dialogues, especially those between Jonah and his mother, are lifelike and compelling."

ForeWord Magazine

"David Ward's clear, direct prose keeps the plot lively, and his dialogues, especially those between Jonah and his mother, are lifelike and compelling."

School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
Shortly after his father's death, 12-year-old Jonah and his photographer mother go on a trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands. While climbing on the seaside cliffs, Jonah sees a girl on the beach and makes a point of seeking her out . . . catapulting himself 14,000 years into the past, where survival is the paramount issue of every waking hour. Readers may not be particularly surprised when Jonah finds out it isn't easy to make a fire without matches, that he has to constantly scan for food if he is not to go hungry and that even other humans can be lethal. Despite its premise, this short read is less a prehistoric adventure than a vehicle for Jonah to explore such basic questions as what's really important to him, what he can believe in and what constitutes family. Ward does not delve too deeply below the surface of these issues, perhaps in the hope that this will stimulate his readers to think for themselves. Leaving much unresolved, however, with an ending that is too pat, this is more of an appetizer than a satisfying meal. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889954007
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
02/21/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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