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B.J. Bayle. Perilous Passage
Dundurn  $11.99  ISBN 978-1-55002-689-4  184 pg.
Reviewed by Tianna, Age 11

Now he could feel the sweat in his boots icing his feet. He stopped suddenly, and a feeling of rage swept over him as he looked around at the dark figures working swiftly to prepare protection from the stinging cold. Rage, because he had been sure that after weeks of cold, hunger and fatigue, the journey would be easier now.

In a moment of absolute clarity, Peter knew this was the end. They were going to die here. And he didnít seem to care.

After surviving a severe shipwreck, a young boy who is the only survivor of the deadly accident, suffers from memory loss and cannot remember his own name. He is called Peter no name and is picked on and teased by the towns folk. A kind man named Boulard, the famous mapmaker, takes him in and offers him a job as an artist on his life long expedition to find a lost lake. Before long Peter, Boulard and his crew set out on, what turns out to be, an exciting life-risking adventure, as they are faced with good and hostile Indians and many more trials along the way.

I have to admit, this wasnít my favorite book to read. It had many big words that I could not understand, never mind knowing their meaning! I think this book could be more enjoyed by older readers, who like adventure books (and know how to read big words).

 I give Perilous Passage three stars. For 13 years and older, they will like the good descriptions and intense suspense.


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