Adventure books for girls. With young men at home, I don’t read these books very often. But a perceptive and knowledgeable local guide recommended this book to someone else. Overhearing their conversation, I asked about it.
Adventure books we found while traveling
Last summer we traveled in lovely Nova Scotia. We rode bikes and marveled at the Bay of Fundy and learned about local history in UNESCO-designated Lunenburg. Our son surfed in the chilly water on the southeastern coast.
We planned to go on a whale watching trip, but a storm prevented our cruise.
We sought out local coffee and a local bookstore. Browsing the shop, our guide recommended an adventure story to a young teenager on our trip. When I expressed interest in the book, she warned me off. No, this is for teens, not for you. I pleaded my case (but I write a blog for families who are interested in reading!) and she showed me to the shelves.
Lost on Brier Island is Jo Ann Yhard’s lovely story set in this windswept corner of Nova Scotia. Jo Ann lives in Halifax, which seems a world away. Her characters travel between the island and the capital, noting the vast differences, and ultimately preferring their small community.
But not everyone loves Brier Island at first. Alex does not want to stay with her Aunt Sophie, does not want to face her brother’s death, does not want her parents to divorce. She wants to wake up in another life. Instead, Aunt Sophie sends her out on a boat.
“The fog had finally vanished from around the boat, too. It was there, and then it wasn’t — like it was alive, toying with them. But it hadn’t gone far.
Alex could see it just off in the distance, waiting. It looked solid as a wall. Could it be a portal to another world? She wished.”
In the story, Alex learns she is living as if her heart and mind are stuck in the Nova Scotian fog. She fights change, as we so often do, but eventually learns how to move forward. Nature helps. Friends help.
And unlike our family this summer, Alex sees the whales.
“Maybe this could be some kind of sign —
something to show that her family wasn’t falling apart after all.”