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Mistik Lake

Mistik Lake

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 0888997523
Pages: 207
Year: 2007
Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year In 1981, sixteen-year-old Sally McLean is in a car full of teenagers when it plunges through the ice to the bottom of Mistik Lake. Sally is the only survivor. Many years later, Sally's teenaged daughter, Odella, is left wondering whether the accident is to blame for her mother's life as a sad alcoholic who eventually abandons her family and flees to Iceland with another man. When Sally suddenly dies in an accident, Odella, her father and her two younger sisters are almost overwhelmed with grief and confusion, until three people provide help and healing in unexpected ways.
On Mystic Lake

On Mystic Lake

Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307416313
Pages: 448
Year: 2007-12-18
Kristin Hannah makes her hardcover debut with this poignant, tender, and true story of love, loss, passion, and the fragile threads that bind families together. Annie Colwater's only child has just left home for school abroad. On that same day, her husband of twenty years confesses that he's in love with a younger woman. Alone in the house that is no longer a home, Annie comes to the painful realization that for years she has been slowly disappearing. Lonely and afraid, she retreats to Mystic, the small Washington town where she grew up, hoping that there she can reclaim the woman she once was--the woman she is now desperate to become again. In Mystic, she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, a recent widower unable to cope with his grieving, too-silent six-year-old daughter, Izzie. Together, the three of them begin to heal, and, at last, Annie learns that she can love without losing herself. But just when she has found a second chance at happiness, her life is turned upside down again, and Annie must make a choice no woman should have to make. . . . On Mystic Lake is the story of one seemingly ordinary woman, but the novel speaks to all of us, to anyone who has ever had to choose between what is . . . and what could be. From the Hardcover edition.
Mistik Lake

Mistik Lake

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Primento
ISBN: 2511024438
Pages: 256
Year: 2014-10-29
Le passé refait toujours surface... Odella s'apprête à le découvrir à ses dépens. Par une nuit glacée de l’hiver 1981, dans le Grand Nord canadien, une voiture fit une embardée sur les rives de Mistik Lake puis dérapa sur la surface gelée du lac avant de couler à pic. Des quatre jeunes occupants, il y eut une seule survivante : Sally. Ce tragique accident est le point de départ d’une histoire de famille, avec ses non-dits, ses rumeurs, ses révélations... Aux côtés de ses deux sœurs, Janelle et Sarah, la jeune Odella – la principale narratrice – devra bientôt affronter le passé de leur mère, Sally, et d'autres secrets de famille. Jusqu'au jour où elle découvrira qu’elle était la seule, parmi la communauté du petit bourg provincial, à ne pas savoir. Qui était vraiment sa mère ? Pourquoi, lorsqu’Odella souhaite se rendre à Mistik Lake, son père est-il contrarié ? Que s’est-il vraiment passé à l’origine de cette nuit fatale où Sally a survécu à ce terrible accident de voiture sur le lac ? L’adolescente est bien décidée à connaître la vérité... Efficace et bouleversant, ce roman canadien nous fait découvrir les secrets les plus profonds des personnages de ce livre. Odella, bien sûr : son rôle de grande soeur l’empêche parfois de se consacrer à elle-même. La mort prématurée de sa mère l’oblige à grandir avant l’âge. Jusqu’à ce qu’elle tombe amoureuse... Nous découvrons aussi, à travers l’enquête d’Odella, d’autres personnages tout aussi attachants : Sally sa mère, dont le comportement égoïste cache en réalité une grande souffrance et un secret bien lourd à porter ; le père d’Odella qui essaie d’épargner la vérité à ses filles ; la tante Gloria, également dans le secret, et qui devrait pourtant savoir que le mensonge finit toujours par être découvert ... Il est impossible de lâcher ce livre avant la dernière page : émotion, suspense, humour, tendresse... tout est présent pour fasciner le lecteur dès 14 ans. CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE : “Mistik Lake“ a figuré dans la sélection (Booklist) des dix meilleurs romans pour la jeunesse du Canada et dans celle de l’Internationale Jugend-bibliothek de Munich. "Une histoire de résilience et d'amour tendre, à la fois sombre et lumineuse, comme les eaux du lac qui donne son nom au roman." - Le Devoir "Entre suspense et émotion, ce nouveau titre a peu à envier aux polars islandais." - Le Temps "Une atmosphère à la fois dense et troublante, une histoire dans laquelle évoluent des membres de la famille mais aussi ceux d'une communauté islandaise, immigrée depuis le XIXe. Ecriture limpide qui suit les mouvements des émotions vécues par Odella. Etude subtile des doutes, des questionnements. Un livre généreux qui apprend les choses de la vie." - Libbylit "Beaucoup d’amour, de vie dans ce roman, de beaux personnages avec un détour par l’Islande, d’où viennent les ancêtres de ce territoire rude et magnifique à la fois. Un froid canadien «délicieux». C’est un roman lumineux malgré les thèmes sombres abordés. Une lecture prenante et un livre généreux qui apprend les choses de la vie." - ARPLE À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR : L’œuvre de la romancière et dramaturge canadienne Martha Brooks a été maintes fois primée. Ses livres, publiés au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Angleterre et en Australie, ont été traduits en Espagne, en Italie, au Japon, au Danemark et en Allemagne. Martha Brooks est également chanteuse de jazz.
Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 1429962518
Pages: 224
Year: 2011-08-02
On the prairies of Canada during World War II, a girl and her two young siblings begin a war of their own. Stricken with tuberculosis, they are admitted to a nearby sanatorium. Teenager Marie Claire is headstrong, angry, and full of stubborn pride. In a new strange land of TB exiles she must "chase the cure," seek privacy where there is none, and witness the slow wasting decline of others. But in this moving novel about fighting a way back to normal life, it is the thing that sets back Marie Claire the most—the demise of her little brother—that also connects her with the person who will be instrumental in helping her recover.
Kiss of the Fur Queen

Kiss of the Fur Queen

Author: Tomson Highway
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0385674163
Pages: 320
Year: 2011-01-14
Born into a magical Cree world in snowy northern Manitoba, Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis are all too soon torn from their family and thrust into the hostile world of a Catholic residential school. Their language is forbidden, their names are changed to Jeremiah and Gabriel, and both boys are abused by priests. As young men, estranged from their own people and alienated from the culture imposed upon them, the Okimasis brothers fight to survive. Wherever they go, the Fur Queen--a wily, shape-shifting trickster--watches over them with a protective eye. For Jeremiah and Gabriel are destined to be artists. Through music and dance they soar. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Swift Pure Cry

A Swift Pure Cry

Author: Siobhan Dowd
Publisher: David Fickling Books
ISBN: 0375891552
Pages: 312
Year: 2008-09-09
Ireland 1984. After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, who is charming, eloquent, and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the center of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again. This is a story of love and loss, religious belief and spirituality—it will move the hearts of any who read it. From the Hardcover edition.
Bone Dance

Bone Dance

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 0888993366
Pages: 179
Year: 2005
When her father wills her a cabin on land in rural Manitoba, Alexandra meets a young man who shares her Indian heritage and her experience of being haunted by spirits. Reprint.
True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 1554980461
Pages: 224
Year: 2002-10-01
In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend's truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invite trouble. And trouble comes soon enough, as Noreen's new mistakes trigger calamities that shake the lives of the residents of Pembina Lake. Acclaimed novelist Martha Brooks has written an unforgettable and award-winning story about a terribly complex heroine and the effects she has on those around her.
Notes From The Midnight Driver

Notes From The Midnight Driver

Author: Jordan Sonnenblick
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545231892
Pages: 288
Year: 2010-02-01
Just when you thought you had it all figured out...“Alex Peter Gregory, you are a moron!” Laurie slammed her palms down on my desk and stomped her foot. I get a lot of that. One car crash. One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I’m some kind of convicted felon. My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher, I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I’m sentenced to babysit some insane old guy. What else could possibly go wrong? This is the story of Alex Gregory, his guitar, his best gal pal Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime that he never would have expected.
Two Moons in August

Two Moons in August

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 0888998651
Pages: 157
Year: 2008-03-01
Kieran, a new boy visiting her small town for the summer, helps Sidonie and her family come together again following the death of Sidonie's mother.
Born Blue

Born Blue

Author: Han Nolan
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 054735147X
Pages: 288
Year: 2003-05-01
A white girl from the South dreams of becoming a blues singer in this novel by the National Book Award-winning author of Dancing on the Edge. Janie has seen a lot of trouble as the daughter of a heroin addict—revolving foster homes, physical abuse, and more. There’s not a soul on earth she can really trust. But her “ladies”—Etta James, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan—help to keep her going. She may be white, but she finds a sense of identity in the music and culture of her African-American foster brother, Harmon. At sixteen, she’s renamed herself Leshaya, and considers herself a survivor—though the tumult of her childhood has taken a fierce emotional toll. Nevertheless, she’s determined to make a life for herself, by taking her own blues on the road and doing the only thing that makes her feel whole . . . singing. Born at the bottom, and dreaming of the top, Leshaya will need to confront everything that has come before. But the draw of the only life she’s ever known could take more than a song to beat. A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee, “this searing novel . . . asks essential questions about how to reclaim oneself and build a life.” —Booklist “This novel is raw, rough, and riveting. The writing is superb; like the blues, it bores down through the soul, probing at unpleasant truths and wringing out compassion. Readers will be absorbed.” —School Library Journal “Absolutely riveting . . . Leshaya captivates with her strength and determination.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Inhaltsangabe:Introduction: This study will depict the traumatic condition of the formerly colonised indigenous peoples of Africa and Canada. The postcolonial trauma novels, Tomson Highway s Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998) and Tsitsi Dangarembga s Nervous Conditions (1988), are first-hand accounts of colonial experience under the governance of the British Empire of the second half of the twentieth century. The semi-autobiographical novels bring up the voices of the formerly silenced natives and are pioneering accounts of the native perception of Western intrusion. The narratives portray the upsetting experiences of the era of colonisation and explore the insidious consequences of living in the midst of historical change. The novels, written in English, speak back to the canon and expose the suffering of its subjects. They depict the grim atmosphere of the colonial project and show the effects of the domination, oppression, diaspora and discrimination suffered by the natives. The novels are life narratives and as such reveal facts not recorded in history books. The trauma novels enrich and challenge the discourse on (post)colonial trauma. The native authors, Dangarembga and Highway, explore the questions of identity, trauma and resistance in the context of colonization. Their approach queries traditional notions of identity formation and the common understanding of trauma and trauma healing. With their portrayal of unique means for resistance and survival, the novelists offer a challenge to the existing beliefs and theories. In the study of the novels Nervous Conditions and Kiss of the Fur Queen, which allow silenced, repressed individuals to speak out about the unspeakable events of their lives, I will explore the formation of colonial and postcolonial identities, the nature and impact of colonial trauma and the possibility of resistance on the side of the colonised. I will work towards identifying the discrepancies between indigenous and Western notions of trauma and identity, and study the challenges of postcolonial literatures. I will explore the concept of cultural hybridity as presented in the novels and study the impact of trauma on identity construction. In the process of this study, I intend to find out to what extent trauma influences and shapes identity. Moreover, I will reconsider the Western notions of trauma and identity and examine their integrity in the colonial discourse. With the help of the novels, I will study the differences [...]
Travelling On into the Light and Other Stories

Travelling On into the Light and Other Stories

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: A Groundwood Book
ISBN: 0888992203
Pages: 146
Year: 1994
A collection of short stories which focus on the difficult journeys teens take on their way to adulthood.
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature

Author: Robin Brande
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 037589165X
Pages: 312
Year: 2009-01-13
Your best friend hates you. The guy you liked hates you. Your entire group of friends hates you. All because you did the right thing. Welcome to life for Mena, whose year is starting off in the worst way possible. She's been kicked out of her church group and no one will talk to her—not even her own parents. No one except for Casey, her supersmart lab partner in science class, who's pretty funny for the most brilliant guy on earth. And when Ms. Shepherd begins the unit on evolution, school becomes more dramatic than Mena could ever imagine . . . and her own life is about to evolve in some amazing and unexpected ways. From the Hardcover edition.
Being with Henry

Being with Henry

Author: Martha Brooks
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 0888995024
Pages: 173
Year: 2002
The car lurches to a halt.The old man finally rolls down his window, studies Laker for one eternal moment while his daughter, behind the steering wheel, fumes and listens to the radio. Laker stands, shrunken and zipped and snapped and collared inside his damp, sweaty leather jacket, and then he hears this unexpected question: Do you do yard work?Kicked out of his house, sleeping on the street, Laker Wyatt meets eighty-three-year-old Henry Olsen, a lonely widower with family troubles of his own — a bossy daughter and a beautiful granddaughter, Charlene, with whom Henry admits he doesn't always get things right.Eventually, Laker's stay with Henry leads him not only to the revelation of a long-kept secret, but to a deeper understanding of the mysteries and difficulties of love.