Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12
- Grade: 7
Sixteen-year-old Ben Larsson is angry. His mother is dead. His estranged father has dragged him to England, hoping that a fresh start in a new country will repair their damaged relationship. Ben is determined that this will never happen. Then, Ben's life is consumed by unexplained events. A complete stranger attacks him. The school outcast, a strange girl named Yvonne who talks to herself, follows him around like a stray puppy, insisting that Ben has been "marked." He finds a bizarre twig image of himself on his doorstep. What is happening? Who or what is behind this? Meanwhile, an ancient force is luring Ben into the woods nearby. Will the knowledge he finds there bring back order to his life or complicate it in ways unimaginable?
About the author
Après avoir enseigné l'anglais pendant 10 ans, Gillian Chan a réalisé son rêve : celui d'écrire des livres. Elle a d'abord écrit des recueils d'histoires, avant de se lancer dans la rédaction de romans, lui permettant ainsi de combiner son amour de l'histoire avec l'écriture. Pour écrire Un océan nous sépare, l'auteure s'est rendue plusieurs fois à Vancouver pour s'imprégner de l'atmosphère et pour mieux raconter le cheminement de sa jeune héroïne. Gillian Chan a obtenu plusieurs récompenses pour ce livre.
After being an English teacher for ten years, Gillian Chan realized her dream of becoming a writer in 1994. Her first book, Golden Girl and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. A companion collection, Glory Days and Other Stories, was also a Christie nominee, and made the shortlist for the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award. When she turned to writing novels, Gillian was able to combine her writing with her love of history, writing such books as The Carved Box and A Foreign Field.
During her preparations for An Ocean Apart, Gillian travelled to Vancouver several times, walking the streets that would have been familiar to Mei. Her husband read and translated Chinese newspapers for her from the period in which the story was set. She has just finished writing a new title about the War of 1812 for Dear Canada's "little brother," the I Am Canada series.
Other titles by Gillian Chan
I Am Canada: Defend or Die
The Siege of Hong Kong, Jack Finnigan, Hong Kong, 1941
Cher Journal : Le temps des réjouissances
Dix récits de Noël
Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles
Twelve Tales of Christmas
Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart
The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922
I Am Canada: A Call to Battle
The War of 1812, Alexander MacKay, Upper Canada, 1812
Cher Journal : Un océan nous sépare
Chin Mei-ling, fille d'immigrants chinois, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, 1922