Alone: A Winter in the Woods

Alone: A Winter in the Woods


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A story for all ages, Alone: a Winter in the Woods quickly engages the reader in thirteen year-old John Turner's adventures. Forced to grow up quickly, while left alone on the family's land grant in a virtually unsettled township, in the winter of 1797, John has to overcome devastating isolation and loneliness. With only a couple of oxen, a pregnant cow, a handful of chickens and his dog to keep him company, everyday tasks become ten times more difficult than they were while Pa was still with him, building their tiny cabin. Meanwhile John's mother has adopted the orphaned Joséphine, who keeps a journal recording the life of the Turners and her own experiences, while the family waits for Pa to return to Adolphustown to escort his wife and young children up the lake to the new settlement once spring allows water traffic to start up again. This tale explores the differences between family life and expectations in the eighteenth century and the present, as John and Joséphine reflect on what home, family, and friendship mean to them and struggle to find the courage, determination and faith needed to face the future.

Alone: a Winter in the Woods is written in the spirit and quality of Fredrick Philip Grove's, Governor General Award winning novel, "Settlers of the Marsh". Felicity Sidnell Reid brings the Young reader a spell binding pioneer life story of survival. The young reader will be captivated by vivid descriptions of the northern landscape. This historically accurate story of endurance will be equally enjoyed by girls and boys of any age.

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ISBN-13: 9781927725184
Publisher: Hidden Brook Press
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Alone: A Winter in the Woods 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite A journey to a new place can be difficult, but when it requires one to live alone when one has never done so before, and for one to put their faith entirely in a family not their own, it can be even more so. For John and Josephine, these are the lots they’ve been dealt and it’s going to be a long time before the entire family can come together again and solve their issues. John must try to survive in the wilderness alone, battling illness, wolves, and strangers who have less than his best interests at heart. Josephine must try to find out more about the family she thought she had lost, and both must be brave and strong to survive in Alone: A Winter in the Woods by Felicity Sidnell Reid. This book is interesting. I really liked the characters, especially since they seemed authentic and just like children who were starting to come into their own. The author did a good job of not trying to make them act like adults right from the start, but helped them to become adults through their problems. John was probably my favorite character and I loved the way he continued to grow and change throughout the story. He definitely changed and improved throughout, and I would have been interested to read even more about him as well. Josephine, too, was an interesting character and she managed to grow up through the difficult situations she was in as well. I would definitely recommend Alone: A Winter in the Woods.