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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Hannah and the Spindle Whorl

by (author) Carol Anne Shaw

Publisher
Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2010
Category
Native Canadian
  • Audio disc

    ISBN
    9781772560237
    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
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    $26.00
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781772560251
    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
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    ISBN
    9781772560244
    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
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    ISBN
    9781553801030
    Publish Date
    Aug 2010
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    $10.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9
  • Grade: 4

Description

When twelve-year-old Hannah uncovers an ancient Salish spindle whorl hidden in a cave near her home in Cowichan Bay, she is transported back to a village called Tl'ulpalus, in a time before Europeans had settled in the area. Through the agency of a trickster raven, Hannah befriends Yisella, a young Salish girl, and is welcomed into village life. Here she discovers that the spindle whorl is the prize possession of Yisella's mother, Skeepla, a famous spinner and weaver. When Skeepla fallsvictim to smallpox, Hannah finally begins to open up about the death of her own mother. Hannah and Yisella are then accidentally left behind when the villagers journey to the mainland, and they witness the arrival of Governor James Douglas and numerous settlers on the Hecate. As the settlers pillage the village for souvenirs, Hannah and Yisella rescue the spindle whorl and, pursued by the ship's crew, escape into the dark forest. From the refuge in the cave, Hannah returns to her own time witha greater understanding of herself and the history of the First Nations.

About the author

Carol Anne Shaw has always loved to write stories and draw. As a child, she was forever being reprimanded for drawing in her textbooks and creating cartoons of her least favourite teachers. Hannah & the Spindle Whorl, her first novel, grew out of her fascination with the history of British Columbia, and especially its First Nations people. She spends a fair bit of time enjoying the natural beauty of Vancouver Island where she makes her home along with her husband, two sons and two dogs. When she isn't writing, she can be found painting at her easel, walking in the woods, and finding excuses not to wear shoes.

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Librarian Reviews

Hannah and the Spindle Whorl

While exploring near her home on Vancouver Island, 12-year-old Hannah stumbles across a spindle whorl, a traditional weaving tool used by the Coast Salish people. This discovery sparks Hannah’s curiosity about the local First Nations peoples. The day she is to lead researchers to the cave where she found the spindle, she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to Tl’ulpalus, the traditional Coast Salish settlement in Cowichan Bay. Befriending a young native girl, she is welcomed into Yisella’s village. Hannah is hesitant, yet thrilled to meet Yisella’s family and fills her diary with reflections on her adventures and experiences of the Coast Salish lifestyle and traditions. This captivating, well researched and realistic novel allows readers to witnesses a major part of BC’s history that changed the Coast Salish people’s lives forever.

This is Shaw’s first novel.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

Hannah and the Spindle Whorl

While exploring near her home on Vancouver Island, 12-year-old Hannah stumbles across a spindle whorl, a traditional weaving tool used by the Coast Salish people. This discovery sparks Hannah’s curiosity about the local First Nations peoples. The day she is to lead researchers to the cave where she found the spindle, she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to Tl’ulpalus, the traditional Coast Salish settlement in Cowichan Bay. Befriending a young native girl, she is welcomed into Yisella’s village. Hannah is hesitant, yet thrilled to meet Yisella’s family and fills her diary with reflections on her adventures and experiences of the Coast Salish lifestyle and traditions. This captivating, well researched and realistic novel allows readers to witnesses a major part of BC’s history that changed the Coast Salish people’s lives forever.

This is Shaw’s first novel.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

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