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Dark Times
     

Dark Times

by Ann Walsh
 

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The result of a cross-Canada contest for the best short stories about young people's experience of loss and grief, Dark Times is a superb anthology about a topic that often remains hidden but is crucial in the development of a child's sense of identity. The stories develop highly contemporary situations: a First Nations boy mourns the death of his mother; a girl

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The result of a cross-Canada contest for the best short stories about young people's experience of loss and grief, Dark Times is a superb anthology about a topic that often remains hidden but is crucial in the development of a child's sense of identity. The stories develop highly contemporary situations: a First Nations boy mourns the death of his mother; a girl copes with the loss of her grandmother to Alzheimer's disease; a boyfriend's death takes a girl through the five stages of grief; a destitute family loses their home; a daughter loses a parent when her mother leaves; a fetal alcohol syndrome child is lost to his family when he is sent to prison; a boy loses the brother he loves to mental illness; the death of a small child challenges a girl's belief in God; and a young girl discovers her father in an affair and confronts him - with devastating results. Well-known children's writer Ann Walsh has chosen the stories and one of her own is included. "A fine collection of gritty and compelling stories for young people about loss and grief, stories that will rivet the reader, and in the end, inspire hope because of the indomitable spirit of youth." - Norma Charles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553800286
Publisher:
Ronsdale Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Walsh is the author of Your Time, My Time, Shabash!, and The Ghost of Soda Creek. She is also the creator of the Barkerville historical mystery series, whose first two novels are Moses, Me, and Murder, and The Doctor's Apprentice (nominated for the Sheila Egoff Award for Children's Literature). All her books have received the Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Award, and she has also earned nominations for the Silver Birch and Geoffrey Bilson Awards. She lives in Williams Lake, B.C.

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