The Acadian Star competition is the biggest thing to ever happen in Meg Gallant’s small Cape Breton town. Meg dreams of performing onstage with her best friend Nève. If they’re lucky, they might even make it to the finals in Halifax. But Meg’s weird old aunt, Tante Perle, has been acting stranger and stranger-and just before the finale of the competition, she whisks Meg away from everything she knows. Meg suddenly finds herself trapped in the time of the tragic Acadian Deportation-where she must choose between escaping to her own time or saving a girl who looks remarkably like Nève.
Read the first chapter: HERE
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing (Oct 1, 2008)
In the news!:
ACADIAN STAR has been nominated for the
2009/2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award.
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Praise for ACADIAN STAR:
A must read!
The Acadian Star is a touching tale of the power of friendship between Meg and Nève, spanning several generations. This fast-moving story has the right amount of suspense and some moments of pure magic as it moves towards an exciting dénouement. Boudreau’s love for Acadia shines through and adds a wonderful touch of verisimilitude to the narrative. A must read!
-Mahtab Narsimhan (author of THE THIRD EYE)
Lose yourself in the novel!
Helene Boudreau weaves an exciting and eloquent time-travel tale. From the first page on, the reader is drawn into the lives of young Meg Gallant and her mysterious and crazy old Tante Perle. An absolute must read!
-Marina Cohen (author of TRICK OF THE LIGHT and SHADOW OF THE MOON)
A new Canadian classic
With lyrical prose, Hélène Boudreau has written an enchanting tale of friendship and destiny with her debut novel, ‘Acadian Star’. And within these pages, she offers young readers an emotional glimpse into an important time in Canadian history – the Acadian Deportation. A delightful blend of ‘old’ and ‘new’, readers will find that the historical subject matter is perfectly balanced with the lighter themes of friendship and family.
-Deborah Kerbel (author of MACKENZIE, LOST AND FOUND)
A moving and exciting adventure
Acadian Star, by Hélène Boudreau, is a suspenseful adventure set partly in modern-day Cape Breton, partly in another time…Her love for the land and the people shines through and, at a key moment in the story, will bring tears to the reader’s eyes, no matter what their background.
-Patricia Bow (author of The Prism Blade, Ruby Kingdom, The Spiral Maze, The Bone Flute)