Alone: A Winter in the Woods

Alone: A Winter in the Woods

By Felicity Sidnell Reid

 

ISBN: 978-1-927725-18-4

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Publication Date: Oct. 4th, 2015

 

A story for all ages, Alone: a Winter in the Woods quickly engages the reader in thirteen year-old John Turner’s adventures. Forced to grow up quickly, while left alone on the family’s land grant in a virtually unsettled township, in the winter of 1797, John has to overcome devastating isolation and loneliness. With only a couple of oxen, a pregnant cow, a handful of chickens and his dog to keep him company, everyday tasks become ten times more difficult than they were while Pa was still with him, building their tiny cabin. Meanwhile John’s mother has adopted the orphaned Joséphine, who keeps a journal recording the life of the Turners and her own experiences, while the family waits for Pa to return to Adolphustown to escort his wife and young children up the lake to the new settlement once spring allows water traffic to start up again. This tale explores the differences between family life and expectations in the eighteenth century and the present, as John and Joséphine reflect on what home, family, and friendship mean to them and struggle to find the courage, determination and faith needed to face the future.

 

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

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Cynthia Reyes, author of A Good HomeCynthia Reyes, author of A Good Home
Alone: A Winter in the Woods - Excellent...well written, with vivid storytelling. A charming, authentic and brave book that recreates an important time in our history…

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Aidan Comes, 10 years oldAidan Comes, 10 years old
Alone: A Winter in the Woods - I loved the book. It had lots of excitement and thrills, also very descriptive language. My favorite character is John because he is most like me.

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Eric Wright, author of several thrillers including Riptide and many non-fiction titlesEric Wright, author of several thrillers including Riptide and many non-fiction titles
Driving along 401 today, it’s almost impossible to imagine what the countryside near Brighton, Ontario looked like in 1797 when Empire Loyalists began carving their farms and villages from the intractable wilderness. In her story, Alone: A Winter in the Woods, Felicity Sidnell Reid succeeds admirably in taking us back to that time. John Turner, a young teen, travels with his father and their livestock in the dead of winter to their government grant on ...

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Reviewed by Peggy Dymond Leavey, Biographer of Mary Pickford, Laura Secord and Molly Brant as well as the author of 9 novels for young people.Reviewed by Peggy Dymond Leavey, Biographer of Mary Pickford, Laura Secord and Molly Brant as well as the author of 9 novels for young people.
Alone: A Winter in the Woods - In the winter of 1797, John Turner and his father Elias, Loyalists originally from New York, arrive at their 200-acre grant of land in Newcastle District in Upper Canada. They've travelled on foot through deep snow and over frozen bays and inlets to make the seventy-mile trek from Adolphustown. With them on the journey are two oxen, hauling a sled laden with supplies; Milly, the cow; and ...

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Biographer of Mary Pickford, Laura Secord and Molly Brant as well as the author of 9 novels for young people.Biographer of Mary Pickford, Laura Secord and Molly Brant as well as the author of 9 novels for young people.
Felicity Sidnell delivers a compelling, at times harrowing, adventure story that will be enjoyed by readers of any age. There is so much information here that the book belongs in every Ontario classroom studying the lives of the Loyalist settlers. The book is filled with such vivid descriptions of the forest of Upper Canada, the rivers and marshes, the glimpses of Lake Ontario in the distance, and the changing seasons that the reader easily ...

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Erika Rummel author of three novels including Head Games, prize winning novellas and many academic titles. Erika Rummel author of three novels including Head Games, prize winning novellas and many academic titles. Erika Rummel
Reading about John Turner, the young hero of Alone, is the perfect antidote to Holden Caulfield, the cynical protagonist of Catcher in the Rye. In this engaging novel, set in 19th century Ontario, a thirteen-year old goes through the rites of passage, guarding the homestead. Alone in the bush, while his father fetches the rest of the family, John fends off a pack of wolves, a thievish peddler, and a dangerous fever. He makes ...

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Mary Norton is the CEO of Cramahe Public LibraryMary Norton is the CEO of Cramahe Public Library
Alone: A Winter In The Woods - Sidnell Reid recreates, with meticulous detail and authenticity, the atmosphere and the daunting challenge that existed for the first pioneers, struggling to carve out a life in the remote, vibrant and spectacular Canadian outback that existed back in 1797. This delightfully descriptive book tells the ‘pioneer story’ through the eyes of two young people, a thirteen year old teenager, John, and a young lady from Montreal, Josephine ...

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Felicity Sidnell Reid

Felicity Sidnell Reid

Felicity Sidnell Reid is a writer of both poetry and fiction, an editor and broadcaster. Her poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and on line. Short pieces of memoir have been included is two HBP anthologies, Grandfather Father and Me and Family Ties. She and colleague, Gwynn Scheltema, co-host the programme, Word on the Hills, broadcast by Northumberland 89.7 FM and aired Sundays at 1:00 pm.