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Children's LiteratureThis novel introduces a spunky pioneer girl trying to find a balance between her family's wishes and her own, along with an adventure sure to appeal to young readers. Ellie is a pioneer girl, at home in the woods and on the small farm where she and Papa and her brother Max live in Canada. When her grandmother arrives from England to visit, Ellie is surprised and indignant at her grandmother's different manners and disdain for the farm. So when Ellie overhears her grandmother tell her father Ellie will accompany her back to England in the fall, she is horrified. To add to Ellie's worries, Papa wants to get rid of a fox that lives on their property. Ellie knows the fox has babies in her den, and she is upset her that father wants to kill it. When she checks on the den and finds an abandoned kit, she secretly begins to care for it. But when her grandmother finds out her secret, it brings surprising results that end in Ellie and her grandmother finding a new respect and appreciation for each other. This growing friendship is tested when Grandmother meets Ellie's Native American friend, Annie, and she and Ellie must take a risky canoe trip across the lake to bring Annie something important. The trip changes many things, including Ellie's perspective of family. 2005, Orca Press, Ages 8 to 11.