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A Walk Through A Window

by kc dyer

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If you had a chance to step through a window to the past, would you take it?

A Walk Through a Window is the story of Darby, a young girl forced to spend the summer with grandparents she doesn’t know in a place she feels she can never belong. But when a boy down the street extends a hand, it is more than friendship he offers. Together they discover a magical stone window frame that transports them to the very centre of the dramas of our past: the Underground Railroad; the coffin ships of the Irish Potato Famine; and even the Inuit as they crossed the Bering Land Bridge into North America.

Over the course of the long, very strange summer, Darby is forced to question part of own her life. And as tragedy threatens her family, that magical walk through a window offers Darby new insight into the people she has always taken for granted – and changes forever her perception of Canada.

About the Author

kc dyer is a freelance writer. She lives with her menagerie of children and animals in Lions Bay, British Columbia, where she produces the local newspaper. She is the author of the acclaimed Eagle Glen novels, featuring Darrell O'Connor and her friends. Find out more at www.kcdyer.com.

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Contributor Notes

kc dyer was for many years a teacher in public, private, and Montessori schools. Currently, she writes full-time and lives just outside Vancouver. She is the author of four previous YA novels, most recently Ms. Zephyr’s Notebook. Her second novel, Secret of Light, was nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award in 2005.

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Age:
10 to 100
Grade:
5 to 17

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A Walk Through a Window

When Darby’s parents send her to PEI to spend the summer with grandparents she barely knows, she is certain that it will be the most boring summer of her life. But a chance meeting with a mysterious neighbourhood boy named Gabe changes everything for Darby. With Gabe’s help, she’s able to time travel and get a glimpse into Canada’s past, allowing her to better understand the present.

kc dyer’s new historical time travel adventure offers young readers a chance to connect in a meaningful way with Canada’s history. From the Inuit crossing of the Bering Strait, to plague-ridden immigrants aboard an Irish “coffin ship”, the history is interesting and accessible, and readers may recognize connections to their own families through these stories.

While Darby’s language and use of slang does not always ring true for a girl of her age, her feelings do, and this is what will draw readers to her. Darby is a savvy city kid, and like most city kids, she can’t imagine that a small coastal town without internet and skateboard friendly streets can have anything of interest to her. She feels resentment and anger towards her parents for sending her away, and confusion regarding her grandfather’s increasingly odd behaviour. The complexity of her emotions makes her a threedimensional and realistic character, and well-developed supporting characters all contribute to Darby’s gradual transformation. Dyer also gets in a good plug for libraries, reminding today’s technology-dependent teens that books still have something to offer.

Take a little bit of time travel and a twist ending, and what you get is the spoonful of sugar that helps the history go down, and a thoroughly enjoyable novel.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2009. Vol.32 No.3.

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