This week I started a new book. It’s written by one of my favourite authors, Elizabeth George. She has decided to delve into the reading world of young adults. Naturally I bought this book and encouraged my daughter to read it (knowing that I could read it too). The book is called ” the Edge of Nowhere”
Becca, the main character, has this thing where she can hear people’s thoughts – snippets of them. She “overhears” her step-dad talking about a murder. Her mom packed them up and they are on the run. Becca’s mom arranged for Becca to stay with one of her friends on Whidbey Island. Becca has just left her mom, stepped on the ferry that will take her to her new home.
Reading Becca say goodbye to her mother made me think of when I was in grade 11 and on my way to spend three months in a small town north of Quebec City. Becca was mostly afraid and a little tiny bit excited to leave her mom. I felt the exact same way. I was afraid because I was headed to a small town where I would only be able to communicate in French (barely anyone spoke English there). I had to attend high school and take classes in French. The only French I had taken was in grade 10 and 11. I didn’t know if I would like my exchange family, I didn’t know if I would make friends, I didn’t know how badly I would miss my family and friends. When I boarded the plan to Montreal, I felt as nervous and anxious as Becca did when she stepped onto the ferry. Like Becca I was slightly excited at the thought of this new adventure. I was excited to learn French, eat poutine and make new friends (preferably ones who spoke English – which happened as there were three of us from Alberta in the school in Roberville). Turned out to be an excellent experience. Two years ago when I was in Quebec City with the school, my exchange student, Guylaine, met me there. It was fun to hang out with her again, twenty years or so later.
What about you? What book are you reading? What is your connection to the book? Remember to write more about your connection than your book. Provide me with lots of details about your connection. Make me learn something about you.
Love, Mrs. H