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I'll Be Watching

Porter, Pamela (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
I'll Be Watching


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When they are orphaned in 1940s Argue, Saskatchewan, sixteen-year-old Ran, fourteen-year-old Nora, twelve-year-old Jim and little Addie find a way to make ends meet under the watchful eye of their ghostly parents. Story told in verse.
Authors: Porter, Pamela, 1956-
Title: I'll be watching
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,, 2011
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: When they are orphaned in 1940s Argue, Saskatchewan, sixteen-year-old Ran, fourteen-year-old Nora, twelve-year-old Jim and little Addie find a way to make ends meet under the watchful eye of their ghostly parents. Story told in verse.
Alternate Title: I will be watching
ISBN: 155498095X
9781554980956
1554980968
9781554980963
Branch Call Number: P
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A powerful, touching, unforgettable and dark story written in verse. Heavy but amazing.

Report This Dec 30, 2011
  • rnestine rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very moving, beautifully written. Interesting stylistic device in which each character speaks separately, commenting on the action. Similar in that way to Maeve Binchy's wonderful story, The Lilac Bus.

Report This Nov 15, 2011
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In 1941 Argue, Saskatchewan is struggling to emerge from the Depression. After Margaret Loney’s death, her husband George marries the rigidly pious Effie to help raise his four children. But with little support from the alcoholic George and embittered Effie, the children must ultimately fend for themselves, battling not only poverty but the often narrow-minded and hypocritical attitudes of the townspeople. They also find affection and help, often in unexpected places, including the intervention of a guardian angel – but, while a world at war opens new horizons for the Loneys, it also threatens their very survival. Written in verse that reads like personal letters, I’ll Be Watching is beautifully written, a moving, rich and suspenseful novel of hope, perseverance and the power of family ties. If you liked Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you’ll love this tender and gripping novel. For your consideration: a few instances of coarse language

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