August 18, 2006
Broken Blade - by William Durbin
Broken Blade, by Will Durbin (Minnesota author), is a great historical novel! Set in the year 1800, this story takes the reader from Quebec, Canada, to Grand Portage (now part of Minnesota), across the Great Lakes in canoe. The main character is Pierre, a boy who must take his father's place on a 2,400 paddling journey. Along the way Pierre has many adventures, and author takes the reader right into his life along the way. This book was very well written, and will appeal to 4th grade (and up) readers who love adventure, the outdoors, canoeing, and history.