Three Songs for Courage

Three Songs for Courage

by Maxine Trottier


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Three Songs for Courage by Maxine Trottier

In this powerful novel for mature readers, Maxine Trottier transports the reader to the summer of 1956, and the small town of Erie View, a haven for teenagers. Summer jobs are plentiful, and there’s always action on the beach or the main drag. Life is cool. But Erie View is a town of shifting layers. They drift by turns, scarcely touching, then jarring painfully: fathers and grandfathers try to adjust to quiet lives after an eternity of action overseas, women struggle to remake marriages and return to their kitchens, and teenagers with far too much freedom live the secret lives of youth.

This is sixteen-year-old Gordon Westley’s world. But it’s about to change once tragedy strikes his family and forces Gordon to explore the darkest, as well as the sweetest, side of human emotions.

Part mystery, part love story, acclaimed author Maxine Trottier weaves a spellbinding portrait of small-town Ontario dealing with its loss of innocence and coming of age in a changed world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887768316
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 08/12/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of children’s picture books and historical fiction. Her Métis roots reach back to Fort Detroit in the mid-18th century. She was born in Michigan, then moved to Windsor in Canada. Maxine spent thirty-one years in classrooms guiding children towards literacy, and since then has written many books and won numerous awards. Maxine Trottier is the author of numerous acclaimed children’s books including The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing (1996 CLA Book of the Year for Children) and Claire’s Gift which won the 2000 Mr. Christie’s Book Award. She has even had a day named in her honor: “Maxine Trottier Day” was declared on May 25, by the Michigan State Legislature to honor her work as a writer and educator. Maxine lives with her husband on the shores of Lake Erie.

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Three Songs for Courage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
akloveee More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was a bit slow. There wasn't a main conflict. However, once I started getting more and more into the story, I realized that this was one of the best books I've ever read..It had no central conflict, but it was so realistic. Like a teenage boys summer. It was truly about first loves. It made me cry and it made me laugh, and I would re-read this book ANY day. I would recommend it to ANYONE. I can honestly say, this was one of THE best books I have EVER read. Plus it has a very cute, original cover. I just down right loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING. it touched my heart for what deep emotions a young teenaged boy could recieve. i loved how the characters both fit together so perfectly. Gordon was a loving gentleman and not only that he respected the girl he loved. I'm telling you this book is rediculously GOOD. i hope you guys enjoyed it as much as i did. THANX MAXINE!