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Bright Shining Moment

by Deb Loughead

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list price: $10.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2018
ISBN:9781772600681
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

Aline hides under the hay when her father takes her to school in their horse-drawn sled. She’s embarrassed that her mother raises chickens in their yard, and doesn’t want her school friends to find out that their family has taken in boarders for the extra money.

When she learns that her sworn enemy, Jeanine, can buy chewing gum, Aline is furious at the unfairness. She knows that Jeanine’s family is even poorer than her own. When Aline’s mother can’t spare any money for a charity drive at school, Aline decides to steal a coin from her purse. She quickly feels terrible. But how can she confess?

Aline comes to realize that life is more complicated than she thought. A ten-cent coin can cost you more in unhappiness than you ever imagined, a sworn enemy can become a friend, and the hard times make the bright and shining moments glow even brighter.

About the Author

Deb Loughead

DEB LOUGHEAD is an established children's author, a prize-winning poet, and a past president of CANSCAIP. She has written two hi-lo books for teens and numerous works of poetry for children. She is a co-editor of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls (Sumach). Deb lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 13
Editorial Reviews

"Deb Loughead, author of over forty children's and young adults' books, is an expert at showing rather than telling. Aline's first-person, present-tense account makes the reader feel like her friend sharing her concerns. Bright Shining Moment is both a character-driven novel and a glimpse into some social history."

— CM Magazine; Highly Recommended

...Bright Shining Moment is subtle, never moralizing, always recognizing that people's stories are far greater than outward appearances may suggest. There is an appreciation for those who struggle and understanding for those who put on façades while still recognizing that there are those who are more fortunate and still charitable.

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

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Tender tale of tough times

I love this book! It has a Brian Doyle-meets-Laura Ingalls feel to it. Deb Loughead, an accomplished writer of many internationally published novels, through the eyes of 12 year-old Ailine Sauriol gives us a beautiful retro-feel photograph of family life in the Ottawa Valley during the post depression, early WWII era. Times may seem simpler, more innocent, but poverty and lack of social welfare can turn illness into anguish. Small genuine details of how people stretched pennies and survived will prove fascinating to readers but ultimately it is the character of Ailine that will enchant. Family, whether it includes 13 children or only one, can soften the blow of outrageous fortune as long as we truly love.

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