The Last Loonby Rebecca Upjohn
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Spending Christmas holidays in the wilderness with his ex-con aunt Mag is not Evan's idea of a good time. What's worse is that everyone he meets-even his new friend Cedar-is making a big deal about a loon that is hanging around on the lake. Why should Evan care about a dumb bird? When he discovers that the loon will die without help, he realizes he does care, but rescuing the wild bird turns out to be whole lot harder, and more dangerous, than he expected.
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)
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The ice near where I was walking groaned. I froze to the spot and looked down. Crack. My foot went through. I jumped back. Water splashed up from a foot-sized hole where I'd been standing. I backed away. Another piece of ice disappeared. Black water grabbed at my feet. I kept stepping backward. Each time, the ice held just long enough for me to take another step, and then it sank. I looked over my shoulder at the shore in panic...
I looked over my shoulder at the shore in panic...Crack. What was I going to do?
Meet the Author
Rebecca Upjohn has worked herding sheep, photographing buildings, selling books, releasing trees and producing a short film. She and her husband live with their two teenage sons and a dog in Toronto. Visit www.rebeccaupjohn.com for more information.
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