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by Barbara DeMers

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Barbara DeMers
Geography & Cultures
San Val (February 2003)
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Willa's New World book. She has also been a developer of distance-education materials for the past 14 years.

Willa's New World book. Willa's New World is her first book.

Willa's New World is her first book. Barbara has a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, and currently works for Athabasca University as well as pursuing a Masters of Education degree. Born in Edmonton, she lived in Australia and New Zealand for a time before returning to Edmonton to work. Barbara Demers’s books. She has also been a developer of distance-education materials for the past 14 years

Willa's New World book. She has also been a developer of distance-education materials for the past 14 years

Willa is a thirteen-year-old orphan shipped to the new world in 1795. Resourceful and strong-willed, she survives many hardships before travelling on foot from Hudson's Bay to Fort Edmonton with native companions who show her a genuinely "new" world.

Willa is a thirteen-year-old orphan shipped to the new world in 1795. Life doesn't look promising for Willa when her family is wiped out by the London plague. Her uncaring uncle ships her to York Factory on Hudson's Bay, scarcely expecting her to survive the trip. But she's stronger than he knows

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Title: Willa’s New World Author: Barbara Demers Publisher: Coteau Books. I love when a book reaches out and grabs you – so that you just can’t put it down and HAVE to keep reading to find out what happens to the characters. This is one of those books

Title: Willa’s New World Author: Barbara Demers Publisher: Coteau Books. Age Range: Young Adult (11+) Time Period: 1795 Location: York Factory, Hudson Bay. Willa is a fifteen year-old orphan shipped by an uncaring uncle to York Factory, on Hudson Bay, in 1795. This is one of those books. The book starts by introducing us to the character of Willa – a bewildered, young British girl whose family are all dead from illness – as her uncle bribes a sailor to smuggle her via cargo ship to Canada.

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Hoping to reconnect with past school friends and perhaps make some new friends here. hiking, cross-country skiing, longs walks.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. I'd say this is the worst book I ever held in my hands. It is a complete nonsense, it is made by someone who never read a book in his life and doesn't know why would other people do that.

  • Ochach
When I heard about this book, I *had* to read it. I'm an amateur historian with a particular interest in the Canadian fur trade, 1774-1821, and there just aren't that many books written for young people that use this for a setting.
Since I'm not a literary critic, I'll confine my comments to the historic accuracy & educational value of this book. I must note, however, that last year it won Alberta's R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature. I found numerous historical errors, but only two rose above mere nit-picking.
First, and foremost, there were no white girls or women in the Canadian fur trade until 1806, eleven years after the setting of this book. This isn't really a problem, in my opinion; by making her protagonist an English girl, Demers can have both a female point of view and a completely fresh perspective. It gives her a reason to explain to the reader the many differences between Willa's old life in England and her new one at the HBC fur post. Demers gets extra marks for explaining, in her afterword, that there weren't really any white women in the fur trade at this time. She also clarifies a few other points where she let her fiction depart from fact, but this is the major one.
My other major historical issue with this book is more subtle. Demers' Natives are overly romanticized. Willa's roommate and instant best friend, Amelia, is a Native girl who works at York Factory in order to learn more about Europeans. Amelia's brother is a skilled hunter who seems to be the only Native trading furs at York Factory. Later we discover that Amelia's family has no European trade goods, which left me wondering what, exactly, he received in return for his many excellent furs. (The author makes it clear that it wasn't rum.) Amelia's mother, Moon, is a skilled healer respected by all Natives. And Amelia's father, Bear, is so spiritual that he spends much of his time in holy places, and rarely sees his family. Clearly, Amelia and her family are exceptional, and we never learn much about what life is like for most Natives. We are also told, repeatedly, of how deadly life is at York Factory; we learn of four deaths there--two violent, one accidental, and one natural. All the Native deaths we learn about are due either to natural causes or European diseases, leading the reader to erroneously conclude that, until the Europeans came, life wasn't difficult for Natives.
Demers does some things unusually well. Overall, I was favorably impressed by her portrait of life within the fur trade. She did a good job of showing the hard work done by the clerks, which rarely gets recognition from historians; the labour shortage, which was indeed so severe that I readily believed Willa being employed as an apprentice clerk when it was discovered she could read & write; the way that certain Natives were entrusted with the lives of fur traders on long journeys; the way Natives rescued Europeans who had gotten themselves into difficulty; the fur post's impressive library; and European men's reliance on Native women to supply them with moccasins. (Demers has an ingenious fictional device that builds on this fact).
I would recommend this novel as a way for young people to get a general impression of what life was like for Europeans within the fur trade, but I'd also caution them not to take the details too literally, because of those nit-picky mistakes I mentioned earlier. I understand that Barbara Demers is working on a sequel. I'm looking forward to it. I hope that, in addition to once again seeking input from historians, she will also visit fur trade "living history" sites so that she can learn about making a fire with flint and steel, how muskets work, and clothing in the fur trade era.
  • Jonide
This is a great book to read - adults and teens alike. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the early history of Canada, the Hudson's Bay Company, and the fur trade.

The book is well-written and as a teacher, I highly recommend it.