The Hollow Tree

The Hollow Tree

Book - 1997
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From one of Canada's best loved children's writers comes the enthralling tale of a brave young girl caught up in the American Revolutionary War. It is 1777 and Phoebe Olcott is thrown headlong into the horrors of war when her beloved cousin Gideon is hanged for being a British spy. When she finds a message left by Gideon containing the names of Loyalist families to be protected by the King's army, Phoebe knows she must deliver the message to the general at Fort Ticonderoga. She sets out into the wilderness and soon meets up with Jem, a young Loyalist travelling to the safety of British Canada. As they travel across the country facing rebel guns, wild animals and worse, Phoebe and Jem discover they have a growing attraction for each other. But her own mission cannot be ignored and Phoebe once again finds herself alone, freezing and near death before she is reunited with Jem on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c1997
ISBN: 9780676971439
Characteristics: 260 p


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Jan 20, 2013

Another book by Janet Lunn called "The Root Cellar" was really good and I was sad when it ended. It was also about a war-the civil war. I'm hoping this book is just as good

Dec 01, 2010

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 experiences 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!

It does provide some nice background information about the American War of Independence.

Jun 06, 2010

I loved this book! I can't help reading it over and over again! One of my favorite books.

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