Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 16
- Grade: 7 to 11
- Reading age: 12 to 16
“This is a new young adult novel by P.E.I.'s Poet Laureate. It is a dystopic story about Nora who lives in the walled city of Aahimsa, an idyllic community of girls and women working together to make a peaceful life free of the brutality of the outsiders. As the companion of the mayor of Aahimsa's daughter, Alice, she enjoys privileges that other women from the working class can only dream of. But when she and Alice find an outsider baby abandoned within the city walls, Nora starts to question whether the outsiders pose as much of a threat to her civilization as she's been taught. With the baby's life in danger, Nora must decide whether she's willing to give up everything she has to save him, and who she can trust to help her.
About the author
Hugh MacDonald is a poet, editor, childrens’ author and novelist Hugh MacDonald of Brudenell was poet laureate for Prince Edward Island from Jan 1, 2010, until Dec 31, 2012. Morgan’s Boat Ride is his 14th book as author and editor. MacDonald was perhaps best known to Islanders as the P.E.I. representative for Random Acts of Poetry which has brought poetry to the streets and workplaces across Canada. He has received several awards including the L.M. Montgomery Children’s Literature Award for Chung Lee Loves Lobsters, and a first prize for poetry from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. In 2004, he was presented with the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island. He lives near Montague, PEI with his wife, Sandra.