Bitter, Sweet

Bitter, Sweet

Book - 2009
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Pru Burbidge lives a simple life on the family homestead on Dalhousie Road in 1940s rural Nova Scotia, until her father abandons the family and her mother falls ill. Her life is turned upside-down by these events, and she is forced to take on the role of primary caregiver to her siblings, Jessie, Flora, and Davey. Things go from bad to worse when Pru's mother dies, leaving Pru and Jessie, her older brother, to care for the family in secret so they are not separated and sent away to foster homes, or worse, the orphan house. Pru and Jessie do everything they can to hide the fact that their mother has passed away and keep the family together, but their situation becomes increasingly dire as their money and food supplies begin to run out and their neighbours start getting suspicious. When the situation comes to a head and they are on the verge of being found out, Pru and her siblings must work together to save their family from being torn apart.
Publisher: Halifax, N.S. : Nimbus Pub., 2009.
ISBN: 9781551097367
Characteristics: 144 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jan 24, 2011

Excellent read!!!! Could not put it down....excellent story about families and being strong!!!!

lms Sep 29, 2010

The writing style is quiet, controlled and authentic, which matches the setting. The storyline is similar to the Boxcar Children series but targeted for older readers. I found my colleagues talking about it in the staff room and everyone loved it.

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