Sarah's Stars

Jean Rae Baxter. The Way Lies North
Ronsdale Press  $10.95  ISBN 978-1-55380-048-4  340 pg.
Reviewed by Darcy, Age 13

The author has done an amazing job of incorporating an enjoyable story with a historical event.  By the end of the book you almost feel as though you are part of the story and that you really are one of the characters.  I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12, or someone who is just looking for a good book to curl up on the couch with.

The Way Lies North is about 15 year-old Charlotte Hooper and her family.  Her Loyalist family wonít compromise their beliefs for anything.   It just so happens that the fact that they are Loyalists results in them not being welcome in their hometown anymore. Everyday a different family falls victim to the tragic burning of their home, sending the occupants fleeing with nothing but the clothes on their backs.  The Hooperís decide that they might as well try to escape to Canada, with hope that they can one day to mend the broken life they now have become accustomed to.  This war had already taken all three of her brotherís, making it even harder to say good-bye to her sweetheart, Nick.  On their journey they are tested in what seems like every single possible way, from her dad getting hurt, to running extremely low on food and almost being discovered by the enemy numerous times.   Will the Hooper family make it safely to Canada and find that it is all that everyone says it is?  And will Charlotte see her beloved Nick again or did they say good-bye forever?

I give The Way Lies North 4 gleaming stars.

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