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The High Climber of Dark Water Bay

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Twelve-year-old Lizzie Parker lived a comfortable life with her loving father until the stock market crashed and he took his own life. Now she lives with her older sister and money is tight. Lizzie is expected to help out, but she can't even cook breakfast without burning something. How is she supposed to help pay the bills? With little money coming in, Lizzie's sister dec ...more
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Carol
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a wonderful book. The depression years were devastating to so many people and this is but a small story of that era but an important one. nonetheless. How many people, let alone a child, can muster up such strength to survive the hardships thrust upon them? Lizzie is 10 years old, her father is dead, her older sister bone tired with no time for her when an opportunity is presented to her to leave for the summer. It will not be an opportunity that she would have wished for, but life is fu ...more
Leslie Hinson
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderfully written historical YA novel about an unconventional heroine, Lizzie, an orphan who used to live a peaceful and somewhat spoiled life with her loving father. After he dies, she feels like a burden to her older sister, who is managing their household on very little money. Lizzie has the opportunity to go to Vancouver, British Columbia to be a nanny for her cousins at a logging camp for the summer. When she arrives, she finds out that her family has permanently left the camp and she is ...more
Nathan Albright
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Edelweiss/Ingram Publisher Services.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

How far would you be willing to go to be wanted and needed?  Would you be willing to travel to the remote wilderness of British Columbia where the boss is a corrupt man who plans on holding you for ransom or subjecting you to death or serious injury as part of the accidents of the job?  Would you be willing to take on death-defying jobs like climbing to the top of tall tre
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Nancy
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Plucky Heroine in a 1930’s Logging Camp

Lizzie had a sheltered childhood with he beloved father; however, the Wall Street Crash in 1929 caused him to commit suicide. Lizzie goes to live with an older sister who is struggling to provide for her own family and sees Lizzie as another mouth to feed.

Wanting to help, Lizzie jumps at the chance, to accept her uncle’s offer to be a governess to his children at a logging camp north of Vancouver, but when she arrives her uncle and his family are gone. Li
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Mary Sanchez
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being an orphan is difficult for Lizzy, but especially because she has lived a privileged life until the Stock Market crash of 1929 when her father committed suicide. Lizzy moves in with her sister and brother-in-law who are expecting a baby and now need Lizzy's room to rent to boarders. So the plan is that Lizzy will be a governess to her uncle's children at a logging camp in British Columbia.

When Lizzy arrives there, she finds her uncle has moved and she accidentally learns she is being held
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Lonna Pierce
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Talk about women's empowerment! Lizzie's beloved father committed suicide when the stock market crashed, leaving her orphaned and dependent on her sister's family for food and shelter. Considered a burden, she was sent to a remote logging camp north of Vancouver, Canada to be a governess for her rich uncle's kids. Only thing is, he isn't there. Letters crossed or were lost, and once again Lizzie is abandoned and unwanted by the cutthroat logging boss and his rough men. But she is needed in the d ...more
Corgi
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by Caroline Arden from Free Book Friday. I enjoyed the book.

C Arden did a great job of character and plot development. I felt like I knew the characters. They were like-able people, except for the boss.

I would recommend The High Climber of Dark Water Bay to readers who like: a well written plot and character development, YA books, fiction, and stories about logging.
Chelsea
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Mini Review: I liked this one well enough. Simple writing that occasionally touched on serious subject matters, making me wonder what the intended target audience was for this story. I never personally connected to this novel, but I recognize the uniqueness of the story. The writing was quite good in parts, and I think this is an author with a lot of potential!
Stephanie Tournas
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It was hard to put down this story of 12 year old Lizzie, seemingly abandoned in a logging camp in British Columbia in the 1930's. What a story of determination against all odds, of deciding to conquer one's fears. I loved watching her wrestle with her inner (and very real) demons in this palpably rendered setting of rough and tumble loggers.
Kristine
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn’t love all the detailed descriptions of the climbing and tree work, I found myself skimming a lot of that. There were some endearing characters and a plot that was very unique. Did not love the ending
Lauren Allen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This feels fictionalized to express truth in a beautifully feminist way.
Rylie Lees
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting plot, loved the ending!
Leah
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Original. Inspiring. Awesome “girl power” message without being heavy handed.
Elisha Roberts
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kester Nucum
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received a free physical ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, so when I first heard of The High Climber of Dark Water Bay, I wanted to read it. It’s a Middle Grade historical fiction set in the Great Depression, a time period that is often overlooked in modern historical fiction, especially with World War II overshadowing the early 20th century. When I started Arden’s debut novel, I was
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Dec 11, 2017
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Marah Hardt
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this in a day. Great characters and detail of a time and place I knew nothing about. Highly recommend for YA.
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A young orphaned girl in a 1930s logging camp

Lizzie Parker is 12 years old. Her mother died when she was a baby and her father committed suicide after the 1929 Stock Market Crash. She's been living with her older sister and her family but they don't have much and through a series of happenings, Lizzie ends up at a remote logging camp in British Columbia.

She has never had to work or do much for herself but finds herself learning new skills and self-confidence at the camp.

This is a book for Young
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