Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Review- Nancy Belgue- Summer on the Run

Nancy Belgue- Summer on the Run (Orca Book Publishers 2005) 3.5 Stars

The depression is running rampant and surviving is getting tough, forcing people to find alternate ways of making money. Their father riding the rails and their mother struggling to keep food on the table, Doris and Douglas must find a way to get by. Douglas has decided to start rum-running and Doris must try to keep him from getting busted. Forced to leave their home, they must flee to Point Pelee for the summer.

I never really got to the point where I felt captivated by this book. It was a decent read, but not one that I would pick up and read again. The plot was kind of interesting as it shows you what life was like during the depression from a child’s perspective. It had a couple of twists, but you pretty much knew what was going to happen in the end, still you want to find out just how it is going to come about. The characters were definitely a high point in this book, they were very well done. The setting of course was great to see. Canada is quite often forgotten about in book s about the depression era. Overall this book is a good educational tool for teaching about the depression, and is a decent read.

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Tony Peters
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