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The author of the book: Polly Horvath
Edition: Schwartz & Wade Books
Date of issue: February 23rd 2010
ISBN 13: 9780375861109
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Reviewed by Rachel Seigel
Picking up one year after My One Hundred Adventures, author Polly Horvath revisits Jane Fielding and her family, now living in Saskatchewan, where her stepfather Ned is teaching French. When Ned gets fired from his job (for not actually knowing French), Jane’s imagination runs wild with all of the possibilities for adventure. She also senses Ned’s restlessness and sees him as a kindred spirit. The family leaves Saskatchewan and sets off on a quest that takes them from a First Nations village to Ned’s mother’s horse ranch until they finally land back where they belong — their beloved beach home in Cape Cod.
As with its companion book, Jane’s voice carries this novel. She is funny, insightful and intelligent, and a truly likeable character. Jane is now 13 and she’s an interesting mix of adult and child. At times, her insights are profound and mature, but as her first humiliating crush teaches her, she has a lot to learn about people and relationships. Jane does a great deal of learning and growing in this book, and family is at the heart of the story. This time, the adventures are not solely Jane’s, and as she gets to know her new grandmother and aunts, she begins to understand that her search for adventure is different from Ned’s own wandering spirit.
The book is beautifully written. The language is vivid and descriptive, and Horvath writes with humour and integrity. The characters are well-drawn, with unique personalities, and readers will be easily pulled into caring about them, and will leave anxious to read the next chapter in Jane’s adventures.
Canadian Children's Book News (Summer 2010, Vol. 33, No. 3)
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Read information about the authorPolly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven, and the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. She has taught ballet, waitressed, done temporary typing, and tended babies, but while doing these things she has always also written. Now that her children are in school, she spends the whole day writing, unless she sneaks out to buy groceries, lured away from her desk by the thought of fresh Cheez Whiz. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two daughters.
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