A valuable asset to any school library

Felicity Sidnell Reid uses vivid description of southern Ontario in the late 1700s in Alone: A Winter in the Woods. Thirteen year old John shows resiliency, responsibility, and self-reliance during his ten weeks of solitude. Reid’s story transports the reader to a time in early Canada where nothing came easily—a sharp contrast to today’s convenience. John’s story could offer students and teachers an entry point to discussions about local history, character education, and our relationship with nature. I highly recommend Alone: A Winter in the Woods. A valuable asset to any school library or classroom!

- Jessica Outram is a writer, publisher and educational administrator, who has also taught writing for many years.