Countries: Canada, United States
In honour of Black History Month, I have selected a book that was an absolute favourite of my childhood and is both appropriate for preteens / teenagers and will be enjoyed by adults alike: Underground to Canada.
When the central character, Julily, is separated from her mother and sent to work on a brutal slave plantation, she survives in part by forming a strong friendship by another young girl in equally distressing circumstances, Liza. Together, their lasting friendship is more than just a social bond: it is the key to their survival. Julily helps Liza with the backbreaking work, and Liza provides encouragement and relief with her wry sense of humor.
As the frigid February days surround me, I'm trying to make the most of the bitterly cold winter -no easy thing, as I live in the second coldest capital city in the world - Ottawa! But we always manage to make the best of the snow and ice and each year we celebrate Winterlude. On a basic level, Winterlude celebrate the freezing of the Rideau Canal - the world's longest outdoor skating rink and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From this, Winterlude has grown into festival with diverse events - from concerts to ice sculpting contests. It's along this theme that I review this week's book: The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphries (who lives very close to Ottawa, in nearby Kingston!)