Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Nova Scotia, 1762: While Elizabeth's mother is busy preparing for the arrival of a baby, plans to start up a school in their home must be put on hold. But when Elizabeth learns that her friend Mathilde can't read, she's determined to do something about it. In between chores at the Porter house, she begins to teach Mathilde and young Josh Porter. When Elizabeth's friend Sarah hears about the secret school, she decides to pitch in with the teaching, much to Mathilde's dismay. Will Elizabeth ever manage to bring her two friends together? And will her students be prepared for the Christmas Day surprise she has in store for their families?.
Welcome back to OUR CANADIAN GIRL and the continuing adventures of Elizabeth and many other smart, spirited, and courageous girls. They come from different places and times in Canadian history, and each of them meets some ordinary-and extraordinary-challenges in her day-to-day life.
About the author
Anne Laurel Carter was born in Don Mills, Ontario. She has suffered from a bad case of wanderlust all of her life, which has taken her all over the world. In between travelling, Anne completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. Anne loves working with children, and became an ESL and French teacher. She is also the mother of four children, but still finds time to read and write. Anne currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.
Anne is a multi award-winning author of several books for children. Her picturebook Under a Prairie Sky (Orca, 2004) won the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 2003.
Elizabeth: A Hornbook Christmas (Our Canadian Girl)Nova Scotia, 1762: Elizabeth starts a secret school where she teaches kids to read. Will her students be prepared for the surprise she has for their families? Book Three in the series.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.