The Whistle

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Red Deer Press, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 197 pages
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When her grandfather injures himself in a fall, teenaged Mary joins her mother in comforting the old man as he recovers. But almost from the moment she walks in the door of her grandfather's home, Mary finds herself drawn into the vortex of her family's hidden past. A mysterious family portrait may unlock the truth but the real action begins when Mary discovers Grandad's old dog whistle and its sound sweeps her into the past where she becomes a witness to dark family secrets. Does she dare tell her family what she discovers?

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About the author (2005)

As a third generation Vancouverit e, Valerie Rolfe Lupini fled the city to raise her family on Bowen and Vancouver islands. After the birth of her second son came the publication of her first book There Goes the Neighbourhood, followed by a decade of mothering and homeschooling. After that she wrote her second book, The Whistle, though fiction, developed after she delved into her family's colourfull homesteading history.

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