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Shelter by Frances Greenslade
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Jul 04, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: canadian, nbd-biblion
Read in September, 2011

Maggie and her sister Jenny grow up in a loving family in British Columbia, Canada. But when their dad dies, fate strikes. At first their mother is able to combine work and the care of her daughters but after some time she has to abandon them. Put in the care of relative strangers, they never see her again. This is a very impressive book about mothers and the difficult choices we sometimes have to make in life. It contains beautiful descriptions about the landscape, culture and the rough life in nature. Maggie used to trek with her dad and he taught her how to survive in nature. First look for shelter, then for food, afterwards for water and finally make a fire. Because of these lessons the girls are able to survive when at last they decide to go looking for their mother. All characters are very convincingly developed and I couldn't stop reading this one. Even the Canadian landscape can be seen as a character in this heartrending novel.

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