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Out of the Dark

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Faced with the tragic loss of his mother, Ben Elliot is forced into a move he hates. He has had to give up his home and friends in the city to move with his father and younger brother to the tiny village of Ship Cove on Newfoundland's isolated northern peninsula.

The only thing that makes the place bearable is its nearness to the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, whe
Paperback, 185 pages
Published March 8th 2001 by Groundwood Books
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Laina SpareTime
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and links and everything.


I'm a little conflicted about this. The writing is really quite good. The Newfoundland setting isn't something I run into a lot in books, and it's vibrant and wonderful. Basically, the only thing that I really didn't like was the Viking stuff. Like actually in the story, it was well worked into the setting and the character's interest, but the random italics got really distracting. Hones
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I was surprised by the poignancy of this book. The plot summary doesn't really give much away - I sort of thought the main character would end up traveling to the past and meet Vikings and stuff, but it turned out a lot different. It's a really great insight into dealing with grief and with isolation, with changes and coming of age, and how craftsmanship and make-believe can be great coping tools. But they can also go too far, and it's difficult to see the line. I thought it was very well writte ...more
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