WINTER SHADOWS by Margaret Buffie

WINTER SHADOWS

Age Range: 11 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two Manitoba girls meet across a 150-year divide. Each is grieving her mother’s untimely death and struggling to adjust to new and difficult family dynamics. Contemporary Cass must share a room with her whiny stepsister while her new stepmother remodels their home to eliminate all traces of Cass’s mother. Back in 1856, residing in the same house, Beatrice, who is English Métis (with Scottish and First Nations ancestry), strives to make a life for herself while shielding her Swampy Cree grandmother from her harsh Scottish stepmother’s neglect. When Cass discovers a brooch that belonged to Beatrice, each becomes increasingly aware of the other, offering support and understanding missing at home. Should Beatrice choose her refined missionary suitor over her stepmother’s effervescent, unpredictable son? Can Cass find a way to heal her fractured home life? Buffie’s characters and the conflicts they face are deeply engaging, more than compensating for the well-worn time-travel plot device. Of special interest is the rare portrait of a multiracial community when informal marriages among British and First Nations people were common. (glossaries, author’s note) (Historical fantasy. 11 & up)
Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88776-968-9
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Tundra
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




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