M. Wayne Cunningham
Winds of L'Acadieby Lois Donovan
When sixteen-year-old Sarah from Toronto learns that she is to spend the summer with her grandparents in Nova Scotia, she is convinced that it will be the most tedious summer ever. She gets off to a rough start when she meets Luke, the nephew of her grandmother's friend, and one unfortunate event leads to another. Just when she thinks her summer cannot get much worse, she finds herself transported to Acadia in 1755. Here she meets Anne and learns much about the Acadian culture and history and the Acadians' relations with the Mi'kmac people. She also experiences the warmth she has always wanted of a closely knit family. When Sarah realizes that the peace-loving Acadians are about to be torn from their homes and banished to distant shores, she is desperate to find a way to help them. Forced to abandon her pampered, stylish lifestyle, Sarah uncovers a strength and determination she did not know she possessed. Although Sarah has to come to terms with the fact that "you can't change history," she is willing to risk her life to do everything in her power to help her Acadian family, and finds a surprising ally in Luke. Winds of L'Acadie, a historical novel for readers ten and up, reveals a painful part of Canadian history through the relationship of two young women from different centuries.
M. Wayne Cunningham
- Ronsdale Press
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- 6.36(w) x 7.61(h) x 0.56(d)
- Age Range:
- 13 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Lois Donovan was born in Montreal, but grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, prior to attending Acadia University in Nova Scotia. After completing her education degree in Edmonton, Lois taught there for three years before making Calgary her home. Her love of the beautiful Annapolis Valley sparked an interest in recreating the tragic tale of the Acadian people, which resulted in her first novel, Winds of L'Acadie. Donovan is currently teaching and writing in Calgary where she lives with her husband and daughter.
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Lois Donovan has done a fantastic job of creating totally believable characters and weaving an exciting storyline throughout present day and in 1755. The first part of the story develops the relationship of Sarah, a 16 year old who is sent to live with her grandparents for the summer, and Luke who seems to start the book out as Sarah's 'albatross'. I could not put the book down as Sarah travelled back in to the time of the Acadians. Without giving away key elements of the story I will just say that there are a number of events that make the novel a compelling read and seem realistic enough to make you believe this is what actually happened. The story is historically accurate and vividly paints a picture of what it might have been like during life in 1755 and throughout the Deportation. Loose ends are nicely tied up and there is more than one surprise that will delight readers. I hope there will be a sequel... I highly recommend reading Winds of L'Acadie!
An excellent book and a must read for young adults. You actually seem to experience what it might be like if one was transported back to 1755. The description of Acadian life is spectacular. I thought that the author delicatley intertwines the historical aspects of the novel with the contemporary storyline. I felt that I learned a good deal about the devastating deportation and could empathize with the stuggle of the Acadian people.