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Ann Alma Children's Library 2-Book Bundle

Skateway to Freedom / Under Emily's Sky

by (author) Ann Alma

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2016
Girls & Women, General, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Critically acclaimed children's author Ann Alma presents two beloved books for young people, gathered together in this special bundle.

Shortlisted for the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award

Under Emily’s Sky
During a camping trip, 11-year-old Lee finds herself on a rough trail in a Vancouver Island forest. Halfway to an abandoned homestead, Lee trips and is knocked unconscious. She awakens in a strange world: all the usual landmarks have disappeared and the terrain is unpopulated except for a strange trailer and a herd of dogs. Lee investigates only to find an ornery woman at an easel who says she's named Emily Carr, and a family from the Depression-torn Prairies illegally logging the island's mighty cedars.

Skateway to Freedom
Eleven-year-old Josie Grun escapes from Communist East Germany with her mother and father one dark night in 1989 just months before the Berlin Wall comes tumbling down. Braving border guards, barbed wire, and rifle shots, Josie reluctantly turns her back on her best friend, Greta, and all that was once familiar. She crosses the ocean to join her uncle in Calgary, attempts to learn a foreign language, and overcomes the prejudices of her schoolmates in order to forge a new life. Clinging to the passion that has always been a comfort, her figure skating, she enters a local competition to prove that she is free on the ice and off.

About the author

Ann Alma was born and raised in the Netherlands and was a teacher for many years. Her novel Summer of Changes won a Silver Birch Regional Award. Her latest book of non-fiction, Kids Who Grow Their Own Food, has been well received by teachers and librarians.

She now spends her time writing at her home in the Kootenay mountains of British Columbia.

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