Susanna's Quill

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Tundra Books, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 330 pages
2 Reviews
Shortlisted for the 2005 Young Adult Canadian Book Award

Susanna's Quill is a work of historical fiction based on the life of Susanna Moodie, writer and pioneer, by award-winning author Julie Johnston. The story takes us into Susanna’s genteel English childhood, through her humorous teenage attempts at writing, growing to her burgeoning independence, marriage to Dunbar Moodie, and their decision to emigrate from England. To the Moodies, Canada was the answer to their prayers. They would have the life they could no longer afford in Britain and they could raise their children to become wealthy landowners in their own right.

The adventures that thwart this dream become a story of lost illusions and a found sense of self-reliance and inner strength.

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User Review  - Rosie Shephard - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book! The writing style was witty and lovely. This book documents the life of Susanna Moodie as a settler in the early Canadian wilderness. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, and adventure! Read full review

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User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

I love Julie Johnston, but this was my least favorite of her books. The stuff about early English Canadian history was almost interesting, but I found Susanna to be slightly tedious, and her look-at ... Read full review

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Julie Johnston received the Governor General’s Award for her first two books, Hero of Lesser Causes and Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Her third novel, The Only Outcast, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, as was her most recent book, In Spite of Killer Bees. In 2003, Julie Johnston was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature in recognition of the enormous contribution her body of work has made to children’s literature. Julie Johnston lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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