November 6, 2012

Girl's wish comes true

Last Chance Bay
by Anne Laurel Carter

Meg Christie dreams of flying right out of Cape Breton Island, but she knows it will never come true. Only boys get to fly. There's also a war going on, and all the pilots are in training. Feeling left out, Meg dares to take her brother's place in the coal mine with her father. The experience helps her see that she can do anything, and that being a girl is not so bad after all.

A satisfying, light-hearted, yet moving read. Meg is a likeable character; intelligent, funny, and spirited. The other children are equally well drawn, from the bully, Jason, to Meg's cousin, Caleb, and the residents of Last Chance Bay. They clearly show the hopes and dreams of a mining community.

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