Details: Abandoned by her father during the Depression, eleven-year-old Elsie lives in the garage behind her old house with her mother, grandmother and out-of-work uncle. Elsie’s friend Ernest accompanies her as she searches for her father in the city, encountering unfriendly hoboes, food lines and shanty towns.
After both her uncle and her mother disappear as well, Elsie and Ernest spend their time trying to get the “scoop” on a story about a local dance marathon, where Elsie finds joy, even as she witnesses despair.
“The exploitative and cruel dance marathons of that era play a role in the story, too, as does a clergyman with an active social conscience. Despite the grim plot elements, this is a story of hope, and it is smoothly written… this is well-researched historical fiction with a sympathetic main character.” School Library Journal
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CV: Having written for adults for more than twenty years, publishing scores of short stories, articles, and personal essays in international markets, Lois Peterson turned to writing for children in 2007. In November, her first book MEETING MISS 405 was published in fall 2008 by Orca Book Publishers. It has since won the BC Chococalte Lily Award and been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow.
THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW came out in spring 2010, and will be followed by SILVER RAIN (fall 2010) and STALKER (Spring 2011)
Lois Peterson also the author of 101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going, and a popular Vancouver-area creative writing instructor, workshop developer, and storyteller. She contributes how-to writing articles to writing Magazines, including The Writer and maintains a website at http://www.loispeterson.net.
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