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The Quarter-Pie Window [Paperback]

Marianne Brandis

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May 6 2003
Selected by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association as one of the PSLA YA Top Forty Fiction Titles 2003

Flames are bright against the night sky. Thirteen-year-old Emma watches with horrified fascination as they consume the family’s log cabin, leaving her and her younger brother orphaned. These three books are set in the early 1830s. Emma’s grief and shock, and her bravery in building a new life, are timeless.

Marianne Brandis’s vivid evocation of pioneer life in Upper Canada – the texture of the log cabin, the sights and smells of harvest, the raw cold of outdoor chores at dawn – has been delighting readers since the first book was first published in 1982.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (May 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887766242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887766244
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #996,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 6-8. This winner of the 1986 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, available for the first time in the U.S., is set in Upper Canada in 1830. After the death of their parents, 14-year-old Emma and her younger brother, John, go to live in York with Mrs. McPhail, a "rather frightening" aunt they barely know. John works in a livery stable, while Emma labors as a chambermaid in her aunt's hotel. Despite her loneliness and the difficulties of her new situation, Emma struggles to maintain her dignity and her hopes. The plot thickens when Emma learns that Mrs. McPhail has connived to profit from the sale of her wards' old home, but readers expecting a lightning bolt of justice to strike her down for villainy will find, instead, a more subtle and more realistic end to the story. The relatively slow pace of the third-person narrative provides a chance to get to know Emma well, making her story more compelling. Handsome wood engravings appear at the chapter headings. Carolyn Phelan
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“Readers are completely swept up in the historic richness of this novel…This is an excellent novel which truly makes readers feel a part of 1830 York society and keeps them turning the pages…Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

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