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Dear Canada: Flame and Ashes

Hardcover  Ebook  
ISBN: 9781443124430 Pages: 200 Ages: 9-12 Dimensions: 5.500" x 7.750"

About this book

A touching "riches to rags" story set during the second-worst disaster in the history of Atlantic Canada.

Eleven-year-old Triffie is the middle daughter of a well-to-do merchant. Triffie knows nothing about what it means to be poor — until the disastrous fire of 1892 burns down most of St. John's, Newfoundland, leaving Triffie's family and 15,000 others homeless.

The fire claimed everything but their underwear, Mother's best china . . . and Triffie's journal. With no other options, Triffie's family moves into a filthy warehouse while they attempt to rebuild their lives from the ground up.

The aftermath of the fire teaches Triffie a lot about what it means to survive. More importantly, she comes face to face with her own prejudices, and begins to develop a much greater appreciation for how the less fortunate live.


Shortlisted, Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature 2015
Shortlisted, Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards - Children's/YA category 2016
Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year 2015

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