It’s bittersweet: Ari’s beloved grandfather has died, but he’s left Ari an amazing gift—the inheritance of his cabin and land. The property is unusual, beautiful...and very marketable. With the family’s money troubles, the only sensible option is to sell it to a luxury hotel developer.
But for Ari, it’s the perfect place to live (hidden beaches, forest trails, locked doors, even an extraordinary new friend) and a connection with his grandfather too precious to lose.
With the adults determined to ignore everything Ari wants, how can he fight for his hopes, for his grandfather and for the land itself?
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kathleen Cook Waldron's primary rural experiences in her childhood were family fishing trips and long evening walks with her dad and their dog on the golf course. After graduating from high school, she completed three years of university, including one year in Madrid, Spain. Kathleen immigrated to Canada in 1976. Her work experience includes being a swimming instructor, playground supervisor, lifeguard, waitress, chambermaid, tree planter, house painter, teacher (kindergarten-adult), and of course, writer. For more information, visit www.kathleencookwaldron.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When his grandfather dies unexpectedly, Ari and his remaining family gather at the cabin deep in the woods. At the reading of the will, another surprise greets Ari, his dad and his aunt: Grandpa left the cabin and all his land to Ari. Uninterested in the remote property that conjures painful memories, Ari’s dad and aunt make plans to sell everything. Ari is determined to change their minds. Author Kathleen Cook Waldron brings to the story her own experience living in the bush. The details of the cabin and surrounding land and community are told in vivid detail so that even the most urban readers can perfectly picture the serene woods, playful stream and peaceful lake. Through Waldron’s clean storytelling, we follow a grieving family as they wrestle with loss. I loved how each member of Ari’s family reconnected with his grandfather through the experience of staying at the cabin. Though he’s no longer present, his love for his family is so clear in the things he left behind. Each character discovers and responds to these unwritten love letters from their father or grandfather. In these moments, Waldron’s writing is moving, subtle and clever. This is a great story about the opportunity grieving families have to rediscover their lost loved one and renew relationships with one another. The rustic setting gently reminds us to consider what’s really important.