By: Alice Walsh
This is another book for young adults about losing a parent. I love books like this because they show teens how to cope at a time of tremendous trial and tragedy. We should all learn how to cope, but especially teens because it hurts them so much. For many teens, losing a parent is the first time they have to face death.
Fourteen year old Zoe is whisked away to Newfoundland to live with a father who she never met after her mother dies. For Zoe, it was hard enough when her mother died–but to also be forced to move away to a place that she is unfamiliar with and especially a father who she never met was really jaw-dropping. In the tiny village of Port au Choix, she tries to look for a unique pastime just to distract herself from her harsh realities and forget her pain. So, she tries to solve the mystery of finding the habitation site of the Maritime Archaic Indian which was an ancient culture that was part of that area four thousand years ago.
However, Zoe has a mystery of her own to solve. She discovers after reading her mother’s journals that there were a lot of secrets she wasn’t aware of. Could it be possible that her whole life was a grand lie?
What a strong girl for being able to face such truths with the amazing courage that she does. May everyone who reads this book find the same courage.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth