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by Laura Langston

  • ISBN: 0006392849
  • Category: Сhildren's books
  • Author: Laura Langston
  • Subcategory: History
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (January 24, 2005)
  • FB2 size: 1951 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Dreaming of fields of wheat.

Their life quickly slipped into a productive routine. Mama gathered eggs, wove the fence, tended the garden and the children and cooked meals. Lesia and Papa dug and pulled and cleared. Lesia and Papa dug and pulled and cleared ad lost weight, he was still strong. Between them, they accomplished the work of three powerful men. Lesia’s muscles screamed with fatigue, but the sight of the fourth acre being cleared fuelled her. It also helped that the intense heat of summer had been replaced by cooler, shorter days. As she worked on Baba’s belt by candlelight, Lesia wondered about Ivan

When sixteen-year-old Hannah gets stung, she rises out of her body, where she's greeted by her dead boyfriend, Logan, and a loving but unseen presence. She wants to stay with them. Sixteen-year-old Sloane is given the biggest opportunity of her life-a chance for a film school scholarship-but she only has less than two weeks to produce a video. Dreaming of fields of wheat, wealth and security, Lesia looks forward to a life in Canada, free from poverty and rumours of war.

208 p. ; 22 cm. Baba had made Lesia a promise: just remember the flower is not always open, but if your effort is true, your rewards will be sweet. Fifteen-year-old Lesia treasures those words as she and her family leave Baba in their Ukrainian hometown and flee to Canada.

Laura Langston is the author of several books for children and adults. Lesia’s Dream recently won for the Kobzar Literary Award, Canada’s newest national book award. It was also nominated for three other children’s choice awards. Mile-High Apple Pie, her recent picture book, was nominated for the OLA’s Blue Spruce Award; The Fox’s Kettle was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Illustration; and Pay Dirt! was nominated for the Red Cedar and Silver Birch Awards.

Lesia's Dream is Laura Langston's seventh children's book and second novel. Set just before and during World War I, it is a first person narrative about a teen who leaves ethnic oppression and hardship of Ukraine only to find more of the same in Canada. Fifteen year old Lesia and her older brother secretly save enough money to transport their family to Canada and away from the perpetual poverty of farming rented land even.

By the time she hit Grade Four, Laura Langston knew she wanted to be a writer. It was the persistent daydreaming and invisible friends that tipped them off. Since Laura grew up knowing no writers – and consequently didn’t know how to be one – she became a journalist instead. The trouble is, journalists are expected to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time she hit Grade Four, Laura Langston knew she wanted to be a writer.

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Fifteen-year-old Lesia can hardly bear it. She and her family must leave their beloved Baba in their Ukrainian hometown. But the 160 acres of hardscrabble prairie look nothing like the wheat fields of her dreams.

Lesia's Dream by Laura Langston and Publisher HarperCollins. Purchase and read your book immediately. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9781443402378, 1443402370. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9780006392842, 0006392849. Publisher: HarperCollins. Print ISBN: 9780006392842, 0006392849.

FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD LESIA can hardly bear it. She and her family must leave their beloved Baba in their Ukrainian hometown in order to flee to Canada. Dreaming of fields of wheat, wealth and security, Lesia looks forward to a life in Canada, free from poverty and rumours of war. But the 160 acres of hardscrabble prairie look nothing like the wheat fields of her dreams. And even though there is no fighting in her new country, the First World War follows them there.SHORTLISTED FORThe Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, The Snow Willow Award and The Rocky Mountain Book Award


Reviews about Lesias Dream (4):
Nto
Lesia's dream is evocative, touching, and brings both Lesia and her struggle to find her place in the world vividly to life. Laura Langston writes with sensitivity and power.
Mr.jeka
A glimpse into the life of Ukrainian immigrants coming to Canada just prior to WW1. Many were imprisoned as enemy aliens, which I didn't know. Heroic main character holds the family together. Poignant. A must for all readers who love history and a story, well-told.
Meztisho
Lesia's Dream is Laura Langston's seventh children's book and second novel. Set just before and during World War I, it is a first person narrative about a teen who leaves ethnic oppression and hardship of Ukraine only to find more of the same in Canada.
Fifteen year old Lesia and her older brother secretly save enough money to transport their family to Canada and away from the perpetual poverty of farming rented land even if their particular Polish landlord is kinder than most. When the teens have saved enough, they convince their parents to emigrate, but Lesia's grandmother refuses to go with them, preferring the status quo.
Canada is not the land of milk and honey that the advertisements promise, and Lesia's family find themselves on marginal scrub land with an abundance of mosquitoes. The family's fortune goes from bad to worse when World War I breaks out and Lesia's brother and father are interned as "enemy aliens".
Langston is to be congratulated for writing a compelling novel on a shameful incident that our government has shoved under the carpet. While everyone knows about the internment of Japanese Canadians in WWII, few are aware of the fact that 8,000 Eastern European men, women and children were labelled "enemy aliens" and interned during WWI. About 5000 of those interned were Ukrainians who were mislabelled as "Austrian", but Poles, Turks, Italians and Jews were also thrown into internment camps. In a nutshell, anyone the government didn't consider white enough was targeted. What is more remarkable is that Langston is not of Ukrainian heritage, and before embarking on this novel, she knew no one personally who had been interned.
Langston has researched her subject so thoroughly that the reader is plunged into compelling and realistic scenes set in Ukraine, the ship voyage across the ocean, and life in the wilds of Manitoba. The reader feels the stings of the summer mosquitoes and the bite of the vicious winter winds. The most vivid scenes of the novel take place during the winter in the wilds of Manitoba. While Lesia's father and brother are interned, Lesia, her little sister and pregnant mother must not only survive, but they must beat the clock and clear their land before the deed reverts back to the government. The core of this novel is told from Lesia's point of view as a young girl, but the story is framed with a narrative of Lesia in 2003: an old woman, telling her great-granddaughter about her experiences.
Mysterious Wrench
This is a young adult novel and I am not in that category of readers but I found it to be a fascinating account of a little known episode in Canadian history, the internment of innocent Ukrainians as "enemy aliens" during the First World War. I had never head of this in high school or university, and it was only many years later that I came across some information about what still remains a relatively unknown "blank spot" in our nation's history. This novel weaves the internment operations in with the story of a pioneer settler family, their trials and tribulations as well as their triumphs. My teenaged daughter got to read it after I did and she loved it so much that we posted a copy to relatives in western Ukraine, where English is now being taught; it amazed them to learn what had happened here in Canada. This is a must read book for young Canadians, and should become part of the English (Canadian Studies/Canadian Literature)curriculum in junior high schools across the land. Highly recommended!

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