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Reekie, Jocelyn.
Raincoast Books, 2002.
ISBN 1551924714
Thirteen-year-old Tess lives in a castle in Scotland.  The year is 1857 and Tess is not a rich princess or any thing like that.  As a matter of fact, as the book opens, we see Tess killing a deer and then gutting and butchering it.  She is no frail, pampered girl.  Actually, the castle is not their's.  As he was the second born son in the family, her father has no claim to the castle.  It belongs to her uncle who has been gone a very long time.  When he does return, it is to sell the castle and all the property on it.  This leaves Tess and her father with nothing.  The uncle does give them passage on a ship bound for British Columbia in the New World.  Now Tess's life will change dramatically.  How will she cope with this hard adjustment?
SUBJECTS:     Historical fiction.
                        Coming of age -- Fiction.
                        Scotland -- Fiction.
                        Vancouver Island (B.C.) -- Fiction.


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