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Kootenay Silver [Paperback]

Ann Chandler
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Nov. 1 2010

In 1910, while twelve-year-old Addy McLeod waits in a cabin in the Kootenay wilderness of southeastern British Columbia for her brother, Cask, to send for her, she fends off the unwanted advances of her alcoholic stepfather. When tragedy strikes, she is forced to flee and disguise herself as a boy.

Addy’s determined search for Cask becomes a journey of self-discovery as she encounters a tough trapper woman who cares for her when she’s ill, works in a hotel in the silver town of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake, and meets her first love, Ian.

But just as Addy’s search for Cask is about to end, the First World War breaks out and her world is torn apart once again. With great resolve she devotes herself to joining the war effort on the home front and eventually learns what forgiveness is all about.


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The book presents an interesting picture of life in the Kootenays in the time just before World War IEven today, it remains interesting to see all these components in a story with a heroine rather than a hero.



"Most compelling is Addy herself: not only is she hard-working and determined, but despite having no family, little formal education, and no community, she has an unflappable moral compass. The majority of the secondary characters are also finely drawn, and Chandler employs humour and well-chosen details to make each stand out."



In 1910, while twelve-year-old Addy McLeod waits in a cabin in the Kootenay wilderness of southeastern British Columbia for her brother, Cask, to send for her, she fends off the unwanted advances of her alcoholic stepfather. When tragedy strikes, she is forced to flee and disguise herself as a boy.

Addy’s determined search for Cask becomes a journey of self-discovery as she encounters a tough trapper woman who cares for her when she’s ill, works in a hotel in the silver town of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake, and meets her first love, Ian.

But just as Addy’s search for Cask is about to end, the First World War breaks out and her world is torn apart once again. With great resolve she devotes herself to joining the war effort on the home front and eventually learns what forgiveness is all about.

About the Author

Ann Chandler has published non-fiction for adults in Reader's Digest, The Beaver, and Canadian Cowboy Country. Her previous novel for young people was Siena Summer. She lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Kootenay Silver May 13 2011
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This is a beautiful book. Chandler's sensitive and descriptive prose draw us into Addy's life, to feel her joys and pains. Her thorough knowledge of the British Columbia wilderness builds vivid pictures of the strength and endurance required to survive. Cask had taught her how to navigate by the stars...but it was difficult to see the stars through the dense treetops....Addy was woken in the dark by the rain falling through the trees...she rose and built a makeshift shelter, weaving spruce and hemlock bows... . Kootenay Silver is a lively read of a young girls adventures and coming of age in the interior mountains of British Columbia during the first world war. A must read for anyone interested in Canada's western province.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome ! May 6 2012
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A very well written book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The book also taught me about life durnig that time period in Canada (world war I era). I recommended this book to my friends and teacher and they all liked it. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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