Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
"Twelve months in any place, my friend, is quite a weary while And seems more like a century when lived on Sable Isle …"
So wrote Thomas Raddall at the age of eighteen, not dreaming that many years later Sable Island – that "hell on earth" – would provide a romantic background for one of his greatest novels, The Nymph and the Lamp.
Traumatized by the horror of the great Halifax Explosion of 1917, followed in a few months by the death of his father in battle overseas, Tom was forced to leave school at the age of fourteen.
This brief account of his life tells of his early adventures and of how he became one of Canada’s most renowned storytellers.
About the author
JOYCE BARKHOUSE is the author of many short stories and books for children, including Anna's Pet (written with Margaret Atwood), which was made into a puppet play and toured internationally, and The Witch of Port Lajoie, which has been translated in four languages. She received the Order of Nova Scotia and was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her children's books and work in literacy.