An industrial town where smoke laden with reddish-orange dust from the steel plant darkens the sky. A place where it's not easy to raise a family, especially one with its fair share of problems. B
An industrial town where smoke laden with reddish-orange dust from the steel plant darkens the sky. A place where it's not easy to raise a family, especially one with its fair share of problems. But thirteen-year-old Kate takes on the responsibility and tries to keep her embattled family going. And it's Kate, in the end, who thinks she can get her parents, her brothers and sisters through heartbreak and tragedy.
Set in a hardscrabble East Coast town in the 1920's, Donna Grassby's novel paints a vivid portrait of people in crisis, exploring issues as relevant today as they were then. The resolution leans as much on hope as it does on family.
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grew up a Pier Girl in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton. Her critically acclaimed first book, A Seaside Alphabet, was published by Penguin Random House. She lives north of Toronto.
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"Kate's Ring is a marvellous story, a modern day Anne of Green Gables, gritty, sometimes desperate, tender, and in the end triumphant. It tears at your heart."
— Sandra Birdsell, CM, author of Children of the Day and The Russländer
"Kate's Ring is an inspiring and sensitively written story of the triumph of youth in the face of trauma and loss. The author beautifully weaves the landscape and traditions of Nova Scotia into a tale of a family struggling to face suffering and find hope and meaning in their lives. Despite the losses she has to face, the young heroine finds her way through, redeemed by love.
— Marcella Hannon Shields, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author of: Once Upon a Time, There Was a Little Girl
"Kate's Ring, a captivating, heart-warming and heartbreaking coming of age story. Reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables but much tougher. Kate navigates the contrary expectations of adults as she struggles to keep her family together. Believable, complex characters bring to life industrial and rural Cape Breton in the 1920s. An outstanding work."
— Louise Klinke Øhrstrøm, Award-winning Danish author
"Uncompromising and filled with compassion, Donna Grassby's Kate's Ring reminds us that the best of YA fiction is profoundly human. Hers is a strong new voice in Canadian literature, and one to be celebrated."
— Martha Brooks, author, winner of the Governor General's Award for True Confessions of a Heartless Girl