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The Tinderbox

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Flames are bright against the night sky. Thirteen-year-old Emma watches with horrified fascination as they consume the family’s log cabin, leaving her and her younger brother orphaned. These three books are set in the early 1830s. Emma’s grief and shock, and her bravery in building a new life, are timeless.

Marianne Brandis’s vivid evocation of pioneer life in Upper Canada
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Tundra Books (first published 1982)
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Bev Walkling
This is a book geared towards young adults and does a good job of telling one girls story of life in 1830's Canada following the sudden death of her parents and 2 younger siblings in a fire. She and her younger brother John are the only two survivors and life moves on quickly with very little opportunity for either of them to grieve their loss. When an unknown aunt arrives on the scene declaring herself their guardian, Emma Anderson has to grow up very quickly and learn to trust her judgement. ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Jo rated it liked it
I do not understand the rating only being 2.75. It was about a girl whose two sisters and parents died in a fire. Her brother and her live with the neighborers.They work hard like everyone else,and they are happy. One day their world disappears as they know it. A women, a relative comes for them. She wants them to live in the city. They will be brought up smart and learned. It is up to the girl should she stay or should she go?
Jul 21, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complete coming of age story told over almost a year. Very easy to imagine being there, looking in on the small, private conversations, and, especially, to share the wonder Emma has for both rural and urban living and the contrast between them.
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