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The quarter-pie window
Brandis, Marianne, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Toronto ; Plattsburgh, NY : Tundra Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
225 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
Previous eds. published by Porcupine's Quill.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 10.0 46712.
Format :


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Material Type
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X Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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Series Highlights - Timeless stories about growing up in a complex world, and discovering the strength to realize one's dreams - Historically accurate stories bring pioneer days to life in glittering detail - Award-winning author's award-winning books, reissued

Author Notes

Marianne Brandis fell in love with the English language when, as a child, she arrived in Canada from the Netherlands. She began writing in her teens, and continued while working as a copywriter at private radio stations and the CBC. She taught at Ryerson University for many years, before becoming a full time writer. She has won many awards including the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the IODE Book Award.

G. Brender à Brandis was born in Holland and came to Canada when he was five. He has a Fine Arts degree from McMaster University. His work is included in both public and private collections, and public and university libraries in Canada and the United States.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-8. This winner of the 1986 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, available for the first time in the U.S., is set in Upper Canada in 1830. After the death of their parents, 14-year-old Emma and her younger brother, John, go to live in York with Mrs. McPhail, a rather frightening aunt they barely know. John works in a livery stable, while Emma labors as a chambermaid in her aunt's hotel. Despite her loneliness and the difficulties of her new situation, Emma struggles to maintain her dignity and her hopes. The plot thickens when Emma learns that Mrs. McPhail has connived to profit from the sale of her wards' old home, but readers expecting a lightning bolt of justice to strike her down for villainy will find, instead, a more subtle and more realistic end to the story. The relatively slow pace of the third-person narrative provides a chance to get to know Emma well, making her story more compelling. Handsome wood engravings appear at the chapter headings. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist