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Eleven-year-old Evan is doomed to spend Christmas with an aunt he hardly knows. An aunt who has been to jail and who lives in the middle of nowhere! Quickly learning that Aunt Mag's quirkiness comes from a strong devotion to the environment, Evan admires her straw-bale home and off-the-grid living, but he has trouble understanding why Aunt Mag and everyone in her circle are so concerned about a loon in the lake behind the house. When Evan comes around, appreciating the fact that the loon, trapped by encroaching ice, will die if not rescued, he becomes the bird's most ardent advocate. He will need courage and smarts to save it. The Canadian wilderness is portrayed here as an antidote to the city life Evan leaves behind; it is the kind of place where each person does his or her share of the work and relishes the simple joys of companionship and the beauty of the natural world. A beginning chapter book with a good story and a clear environmental agenda. (Fiction. 8-11)
I looked over my shoulder at the shore in panic... Crack. What was I going to do?
Posted March 11, 2012