The Only Outcast

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Tundra Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 236 pages
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A moving story set in the twilight of childhood.

In the year 1904, Fred Dickinson teeters on the brink of manhood. He is spending the last summer of his childhood at his grandfather’s family cottage on Rideau Lake, the only place he feels truly alive. Shy and stuttering, Fred’s ambition is to make his living on the water, mapping the lake for hidden shoals. His father however, has other plans. Believing Fred to lack character, his father is arranging for him to work in the city to toughen him up.

Fred’s summer is one of love, adventure, and mystery. He falls in love and suffers heartache, discovers a long-buried secret about a rumoured murderer, and defies his father for the first time. Although he started the summer as an outcast, Fred eventually succeeds in finding his own place among his family and friends.

Using as a backdrop the actual 1904 diary of a young man, Julie Johnston invents a captivating tale of discovery, youthful passion, and intrigue, recapturing the atmosphere of a time less hectic, less sophisticated.

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About the author (1999)

Born and raised in Smiths Falls, in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Johnston began writing plays in high school for her classmates. Her first published work was a short novel, which was published in serial form in the local paper. She returned to creating plays in the 1970s and this time focused on younger audiences, writing works her own children could perform. At the same time, she decided to try her hand at something more serious and entered a one-act composition in the Canadian Playwriting Competition, taking first prize.

A dexterous author who is comfortable writing drama, short stories and novels, she has garnered great success with her first two young adult novels, Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me and Hero of Lesser Causes, both of which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Text in Children's Literature and received numerous awards and accolades throughout North America.

In her long-awaited third novel, The Only Outcast, Julie takes readers back to the turn-of-the-century and into a summer of mystery, adventure and passion for sixteen-year-old Frederick at a summer cottage on the Rideau. The book was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General's Literary Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award.

For Love Ya Like A Sister, Julie acted as editor, compiling the letters, journals, and e-mail correspondence of Katie Ouriou, a Calgary teen who died suddenly while living in Paris with her family. Katie's messages to her friends back home in Canada are full of love, spiritual inspiration and demonstrate the strength that exists in the bonds of friendship.

In Spite of Killer Bees examines the bonds between three sisters and their eclectic extended family in a small town.

The mother of four grown daughters, Julie Johnston and her husband reside in Peterborough.

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