The Hollow Tree Unbound – Aug 28 2001
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The Hollow Tree, the third novel in Janet Lunn's trilogy focusing on the historical roots of Ontario, was the winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature. Shadow in Hawthorn Bay looks at the pioneer experience, and The Root Cellar, the first book in the series, explores Canada's early days as a nation, while The Hollow Tree focuses on the American Revolution and the part that war played in Canadian history. Thirteen-year-old Phoebe Olcott is caught smack in the middle of this bitter conflict. Her father, Jonathan, has decided to join the rebelling Patriots while her beloved cousin, Gideon, has enlisted in the Loyalist forces. After her father is killed in one of the revolution's early battles, Phoebe is taken in by Gideon's parents. But when Gideon secretly returns to his community, he's captured and hanged as a traitorous spy by members of the Patriots' Committee of Public Safety and Gideon's family holds Phoebe partly responsible for his death. Finding a message from Gideon in the hollow tree where they had left messages for one another in more innocent times, Phoebe, despite her desire to keep out of the conflict, decides to deliver a coded message to Fort Ticonderoga in honour of Gideon's memory. It's a difficult journey through the wilderness, and reaching the fort, Phoebe finds it deserted. Phoebe can't now go back to her home, where she'll be considered a traitor and probably hanged, so she joins forces with a group of Loyalists who are making their way to Canada. Lunn brings this remarkable period to life and creates a story that is at once a gripping adventure and a tender love story, as well as a first-rate historical novel. (Ages 12 to 16) --Jeffrey Canton
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-Neither patriot nor Tory, Phoebe finds herself caught between conflicting loyalties. After her father is killed fighting for freedom with the rebels, the 15-year-old lives with her Loyalist relatives in the mountains along the Vermont/New Hampshire border. Her eldest cousin Gideon, who serves as a British scout, is caught and hanged in the village after he secretly returns. Phoebe's sense of love and duty compels her to try to complete Gideon's dangerous mission, and she sets out for Fort Ticonderoga through the wilderness. Her journey becomes a voyage of self-discovery as well as of survival. As the Loyalist families become increasingly persecuted, the teen joins the refugees heading to Canada for safety. She struggles to do what is right and stay true to herself, in the face of mistrust from her cousin Anne and other refugees who hold her father's "betrayal" against her. Lunn provides an eye-opening glimpse into a different aspect of this period than many readers will have encountered. Engaging, suspenseful, well-written historical fiction with excellent characterizations and a well-paced plot.
Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This well researched historical fiction tells the story of how one girl found the courage and strength to do what she believed was right unbeknown to the people that she joined as they traveled towards Canada where they would be safe. On the way, she proves herself useful by taking care of other young children that no one seems to want. She also finds a special love with Jem Morrisey.
Some people just have to grow up fast and in strange and difficult circumstances. Phoebe is a girl who puts many of the other characters in the story to shame as she rises through all her challenges to be a shining star.
I really enjoyed this book.
Well that's what Phoebe did.
In the middle of Revolutionary War, Phoebe's father was shot and the rebels hanged her favorite cousin. Phoebe was blamed for his death because her father was on the rebels' side of the war, so she decides to run away.
Phoebe and her cousin and his sister used to put little notes in a tree with a hole in it, and when Phoebe ran away, she put her hand in the hole and found a note signed before by her cousin for his general. When Phoebe read the note she didn't understand a word it said. Two days later Phoebe came upon a clearing, and in the clearing there were 20 or more tents. In one of the tents was the mother of the dead cousin and his sister. The sister, Sarah, hated Phoebe, and when she saw her she tried to hit her! At night Phoebe's aunt asked her why she ran away, so Phoebe showed her the note!
Phoebe made friends and a boyfriend (they got married).
Then it's Phoebe's turn to be brave! Will Phoebe survive? Will Phoebe be able to give the note to the general?
There are lots of adventures in this book!!!!
WARNING: This book is not recommended for kids under the age of 10 (even though I read it at the age of 9) because there is some kissing.
it is a story about a girl named phoebe in the time of the america revolution. phoebe's father was a rebel in the war and was killed, so she had to go live with her loyalist relatives. her elder cousin was fighting in the war as a loyalist, but was caught for being a spy and hanged. as children phoebe and her cousins were close and they would play games or send messages by leaving each other notes in a hollowed out tree. after her cousin's death, phoebe goes to this tree and discovers an undelivered mission that her cousin was unable to complete, so she takes it upon herself to deliver the message. she sets out on her own and travels over a mountain, picking up a stray cat and a bear cub on the way. after she got across the mountain she meets up with a group of loyalists travelling to canada so they won't be killed for supporting the king. and travels with them for a while before going to complete her mission.
i'm not sure whether or not this person actually existed in history, but if she didn't, this story sort of mimics the laura secord story. it's a fast paced novel with action, adventure, and a bit of romance. it's well researched and overall, and enjoyable read.
Most recent customer reviews
I found The Hollow Tree to be a wonderful but sad book. The book got more and more interesting as it went along... Read morePublished on March 1 2002
The book called, "The Hollow Tree" I didn't think was a very good book. From her cousin getting hung up on a tree and her father dying in the revolutionary war, it kind... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001
Phoebe Olcott is amazing! She travelled all that distance tosave peoples lifes so the same fate that happened to Gideon would nothappen to others. Read morePublished on May 15 2000
This book was okay, but it could have been a little more exciting, and could have had more characters.Published on Jan. 12 2000 by Cralet Boron
I thought the exitement in this narrative paperback was exceptional, yet the characters seemed quite folley in their disposition. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 1999
I think that people should read this book.It has an excilent source of emagination.The most best part in the story is when Phoebe find that her aunt is a reffuge and that she is... Read morePublished on June 18 1999