The Hollow Tree by Janet Lunn

All these scary, dangerous, traumatic, emotional things are happening to the main character all the time – Phoebe is a 15 year old whose family keeps getting killed around her – and Lunn manages to make them into benign experiences. I didn’t feel excited or anxious or even concerned about Phoebe’s difficult journey to the Loyalist fort; I’d have to say the story completely lost its grip on relatable emotions when a cat and a bear joined her on her trip. Maybe Lunn is trying to avoid frightening young readers, but when your cousin is hanged before your eyes, that should be frightening!

I bought this from a used book store and am debating whether or not to keep it. It does provide some nice background information about the American War of Independence.

 

Summary:

It is 1775 and Phoebe Olcott is plunged into the horrors of war when her cousin Gideon is hanged for being a British spy. When she finds the secret message he left behind, Phoebe knows she must deliver it. On a dangerous journey that brings her face to face with rebel guns and wild animals, she is befriended first by a cat and a bear cub, and then by Jem Morrissay, a young Loyalist escaping to British Canada. Although Phoebe and Jem discover their growing attraction for one another, Phoebe’s mission cannot be ignored. She must go on, alone.

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