Counting on Hope

Counting on Hope

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by Sylvia Olsen
     
 

Award-winning writer Sylvia Olsen's sensitively drawn depiction of innocence lost and wisdom hard won, Counting on Hope tells the story of an English girl named Hope and a Lamalcha girl named Letia, whose lives are profoundly changed when their two cultures collide. The action is set against the backdrop of the confusing events surrounding the English

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Award-winning writer Sylvia Olsen's sensitively drawn depiction of innocence lost and wisdom hard won, Counting on Hope tells the story of an English girl named Hope and a Lamalcha girl named Letia, whose lives are profoundly changed when their two cultures collide. The action is set against the backdrop of the confusing events surrounding the English colonization of British Columbia and an 1863 naval assault on Kuper Island. Alternating between free verse and prose, Counting on Hope follows the girls' individual story lines before, during and after their meeting. The novel captures the wonder and joy with which Hope and Letia develop their friendship and describes the tragic events, suspicion, fear and confusion that characterize so many early encounters between Europeans and the First Peoples. Ultimately a story of hope, the novel follows the two girls out of childhood, off their island paradise and into the complex realities of an adult world.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Children's Book News
"A very differently thought-out book and sets a new standard in Canadian children's historical fiction...The wonderful image that young readers will carry away is one of two girls, dancing together on the beach."
CM Magazine
"A wonderful and poignant tale that will do an excellent job of introducing children to some of British Columbia’s early history. Highly Recommended."
VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
Hope and Letia are young women living with their families on an island off the coast of British Columbia in the mid-nineteenth century. The girls share many similarities, including supportive fathers and concerned mothers, a love of their beautiful island, and an interest in becoming friends. Their biggest difference, however, is a source of great tension in the region: Hope is from England and Letia is of the Lamalcha First Nation. Amidst increasing anxiety brought on, in part, by the arrival of whisky traders and their tales of dangerous Indians, the girls secretly develop a friendship. Their exchange of precious keepsakes prior to momentous change helps to sustain each of them during the tragic events which follow, and beyond. Written effectively in the alternating, distinct voices of Hope and Letia, the story unfolds slowly, which could deter readers. Character development beyond the two main characters is minimal. Nonetheless, Counting on Hope powerfully describes this period of cultural collision and colonization in British Columbian history and should appeal to readers with an interest in western historical fiction. An author's note at the story's end outlines the accuracy and fictionalization of events. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550391732
Publisher:
Sono Nis Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
11 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia.

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