This is a history of British Columbia’s island children, told in their voices, from their perspectives. Composed of twenty-two stories, Island Kids is a snapshot of a period and place in time. The topics range from quintessentially coastal experiences, like a day at the beach, to stories that deal with serious issues, such as BC’s history of residential schools, but they all remain true to the experience of the children telling the story. At the end of each chapter is a section called “What do we know for sure?” that gives the reader greater depth and context. The stories are written in a dynamic and authentic voice and are aimed at readers aged eight to twelve.
Unlike history that has either been fictionalized or told from an adult’s perspective, the Courageous Kids series brings history to kids in their own words. Truly original, Kidmonton, Rocky Mountain Kids, and Island Kids strive to communicate the events and emotions of kids.
www. courageouskids. ca for more information on the whole Courageous Kids series.
Tara Saracuse is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Victoria, and plans to continue her education by pursuing a Master's degree. Island Kids is Tara's first book, and she hopes it is the first of many. She is passionate about children's literature, and plans to continue writing both non-fiction and fiction.
Many University of Victoria students dream of publishing books one day, but it's rare that they do it while still in school. —Victoria News
Given that history tends to be about as popular as algebra and dentists for most kids, we couldn't pass up the chance to ask Saracuse about her archival obsessions. —Monday Magazine
The debut of Victoria writer Tara Saracuse, and it's a promising beginning. —Quill & Quire
These stories offer suspense, creativity, and age-appropirate adventures for children. —Story Circle Book Reviews
Island Kids is history of the most memorable kind. —The Globe & Mail
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