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Children's LiteratureMichael stubbornly attempts to holdfast to his dreams in the face of displacement, rejection, loneliness, and ridicule that he experiences after the unexpected death of his parents. In this story set in Newfoundland, the adolescent protagonist is banished to little-known relatives in a distant city, away from his younger brother, beloved grandfather, admired family and friends and away from the traditional culture of the village where hunting, fishing, swimming, and riding skidoos are daily ritual. The story, told from Michael's point of view, exposes to readers to a multitude of themes dealing with issues that cause him to rebel and literally plow through in his own way. There are tender times as Michael develops new relationships with his cousin Curtis and classmate Brenda. The humorous tone keeps the tempo upbeat in spite of the trials and tribulations that plague his coming-of-age. Author Kevin Major originally wrote the book in 1978; Ironically, the issues addressed are still prominent among teens twenty-five years later. Profanity and sexual content may make the book inappropriate for less mature readers. 2003 (orig. 1978), Groundwood Book, Ages 13 to 18.