On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781894838573_cover Enlarge Cover
5 of 5
1 rating
rated!
rated!
list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
published: May 2011
ISBN:9781894838573
publisher: Acorn Press

The Year Mrs. Montague Cried

by Susan White

reviews: 1
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
5 of 5
1 rating
rated!
rated!
list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
published: May 2011
ISBN:9781894838573
publisher: Acorn Press
Description

Susan White was born in New Brunswick and moved from one New Brunswick city to another. As a teenager her family moved to the Kingston Peninsula and she only left long enough to earn her BA and Bed at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Settling on the peninsula, she and her husband raised four children and ran small farm while she taught elementary school. Since retiring she is grateful to now have the time to work on her writing and the freedom to regularly visit her new granddaughter in Alberta.

About the Author
Susan White was born in New Brunswick and as a teenager her family moved to the Kingston Peninsula and she only left long enough to earn her BA and BEd at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She and her husband raised four children and ran a small farm while she taught elementary school. Since retiring she is grateful to now have the time to work on her writing and the freedom to regularly visit her grandchildren in Alberta. She is the author of Waiting for Still Water, Maple Sugar Pie and four middle-grade novels, including the Ann Connor Brimer Award winning novel The Year Mrs. Montague Cried.
Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

Susan White was born in New Brunswick and as a teenager her family moved to the Kingston Peninsula and she only left long enough to earn her BA and BEd at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She and her husband raised four children and ran a small farm while she taught elementary school. Since retiring she is grateful to now have the time to work on her writing and the freedom to regularly visit her grandchildren in Alberta. She is the author of Waiting for Still Water, Maple Sugar Pie and five middle-grade novels, including the Ann Connor Brimer Award winning novel The Year Mrs. Montague Cried.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7

Buy this book at:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.
Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

The Year Mrs. Montague Cried

Taylor Anne Broderson is nine years old and in Grade 4. She is in Mrs. Montague’s class, and this story is her journal. Mrs. M gives them time to write in their journals each day. She reads them wonderful books, which they then talk about together. But this is a difficult year for Mrs. M. Her oldest son, Zachary, has recently died in a car accident. Some days she has to go home; sometimes she is very quiet and sad; sometimes she tells them stories about Zac. And sometimes — many times — she cries.

Taylor records all of her feelings of sadness and helplessness and concern for Mrs. M. She also talks about the ups and downs of her own daily life. Then her brother Corey gets sick. Very sick. In her journal, Taylor pours out all of her fears, frustrations and heartache as she and her family try to process this terrifying turn of events. While Taylor and her classmates try to support their beloved Mrs. M through this challenging time, Taylor also struggles to navigate the choppy waters of her own inner turmoil.

A shining gem, this book is heartbreakingly beautiful — simple, sweet and timeless. Author Susan White magnificently captures Taylor’s voice, and each journal entry perfectly describes, in a voice clear and true, the very real thoughts and feelings of a nine-yearold girl who is coping with both the major and the mundane. The random lists that she develops, her reactions to the books that she reads both on her own and in class, and her feelings of uncertainty about what to say to Mrs. M as she watches her struggle are as deeply affecting as her attempts to outline and understand the things that are happening to Corey. This journal is a source of solace and healing for Taylor and it offers that and more to readers of any age.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2012. Volume 35 No. 3.

Related Blog Posts

Other Titles by Susan White

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...