14th out of 32 books — 25 voters
Winter of Peril: The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge (Dear Canada)
by Jan Andrews (Goodreads Author)
Sophie’s father is determined to travel to the New World and write an epic poem about his adventure, against Sophie and her mother’s wishes. After their long voyage, they arrive to a “new world" indeed. Will they be able to survive the winter in this harsh country?
Published 2005 by Scholastic Canada
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Dear Canada Series
Middle grade historical fiction set in Colonial North America
2nd out of 38 books — 11 voters
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This was the very first Dear Canada book I ever read, years, and years ago, yet I still remember so much. Those are the books that are really important to us, and really well written, if we can remember them after years of not reading them. This is on of those books. I think this series if geared towards younger children but in some ways it`s not them that should be reading them. For one, sometimes history can be a it too intense...make people grow up too fast, and secondly, it`s the teens who r...more
The book's beginning was a SNORE! But as I got into it, it became interesting, and I HAD to continue. This is a young girl's diary from the 18th century. She used to live a life with her rich uncle, but her father wanted to make money of his own for his family.So Sophie's adventure begins. She rides on a ship, facing icebergs, storms, and hurricanes. When her family makes it, they don't have much to go on with, and to make matters worse, Old Lige, her protector, died. Everyday, she and her two f...more
In the early eighteenth century, there is a fish craze. Here, twelve year old Sophie Loveridge lives with her parents. Her father has a dream of becoming a famous poet like the story of Robinson Crusoe. They set off to the largely uninhabited Newfoundland, the place where the waters are teaming with fish. They are soon off at sea where they meet the ships men and new skills. Even though Sophie still can't undress herself. When they arrive in Newfoundland, however, Sophie opens up to a new world,...more
It is 1721. Twelve-year-old Sophie Loveridge's father has always been a dreamer. Due to his refusal to be practical, the family has never had much money, and so they have lived at the home of Sophie's wealthy uncle, who is a merchant involved in the fish trade. Every summer, ships he owns are sent to New-Found-Land, in the New World, where there is abundant fishing. Sophie's father decides if he can go on an adventure, he can write a book and become famous like the author of Robinson Crusoe. But...more
The main thing I remember about this book is: WINTER! I think I thought it was a bit more boring than some of the other Dear Canada books, but they're all worth reading if you want to gain a cursory knowledge of important events in Canadian history. Each book contains a historical note at the end that explains more history and the context of the events taking place in the novel, which I always appreciated.
Jan Andrews lives down the end of a road on a lake and has a passion for the Canadian wilderness. As a storyteller, she has a particular love for the traditional folk and fairy tales. She has read from the world’s great epics and, during summer weekends, has organized complete retellings of both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Her writing comes out of a conviction that young people can find, within the...moreMore about Jan Andrews...