Digging for Philip

Digging for Philip

by Greg Jackson-Davis


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Digging for Philip by Greg Jackson-Davis

Fourteen—year—old social misfit Philip Reddy, still struggling with the death of his father, doesn’t know what he’s in for when he decides to dig up an unidentified mound of earth near his island summer cottage. Beneath the earth lies the restless Anishinaabe spirit Tikumiwaewidung who once lived and hunted on the lake.

The spirit despises the white man for decimating his people, and drives Philip like a slave to properly lay to rest the Ojibway people who had died during the colonisation of the lake area. Philip has prejudices of his own, which do not ingratiate him with the already enraged spirit. At first, Philip is driven to exhaustion by the spirit, but the two develop a symbiotic relationship through their work, and the spirit helps Philip to rise above his grief.

Set in the lush Canadian Shield country of northwestern Ontario, Digging for Philip is a dark but compelling adventure novel about racism and prejudice and coming to terms with loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894283427
Publisher: Great Plains Publications
Publication date: 11/25/2003
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Originally from Montreal, Greg Jackson—Davis spent his childhood summers in the beautiful Lake of the Woods area of northwestern Ontario. He has a B.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. He currently teaches middle school English and French an St. John's—Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg.

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