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Michael turned fourteen in May. By June, both his parents are dead, victims of a car crash. And for Michael, who has lived all his life in a small Newfoundland outport community, this means being suddenly uprooted and sent to live with relatives in St. Albert, a city hundreds of miles away.
Hold Fast is the story of Michael's struggle to survive in his new environment. In vivid, honest prose, it depicts his fight against those who stand as threats to his pride in himself and ...
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Hold Fast

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Overview


Michael turned fourteen in May. By June, both his parents are dead, victims of a car crash. And for Michael, who has lived all his life in a small Newfoundland outport community, this means being suddenly uprooted and sent to live with relatives in St. Albert, a city hundreds of miles away.
Hold Fast is the story of Michael's struggle to survive in his new environment. In vivid, honest prose, it depicts his fight against those who stand as threats to his pride in himself and his way of life -- the loud-mouthed Kentson who makes fun of the way he talks at school, and his uncle who tries to rule life at home with an iron hand. It is also the story of the friendship that develops between Michael and Curtis, his cousin, and of his new uncertain feelings for Brenda.

Sent to live with relatives after his parents are killed, 14-year-old Michael finds his uncle intolerable. When he runs away, his cousin accompanies him.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Michael 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.
—Barbara Troisi
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"A classic innocent who sometimes sounds like a sort of Newfoundland Holden Caulfield, Michael is more than redeemed as a character by the directness and strength of his emotions . . . Major projects all the actions as Michael experiences it, with the same directness and vigor." — Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554980208
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Kevin Major
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada):Kevin Major is the author of ten novels for young people and adults, including Far From Shore, Eating Between the Lines, The House of Wooden Santas and No Man's Land. Ann and Seamus, with artwork by David Blackwood, will be published by Groundwood Books in Fall 2003.
Kevin lives with his wife and two sons in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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