House of Bears

Orysia Dawydiak

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ISBN: 9781894838344

House of Bears

  Author:   Orysia Dawydiak    
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

When Luba Kassim reluctantly returns home to Northern Ontario, the strained relationship with her traditional Ukrainian mother only heightens her feelings of alienation and isolation. A family crisis reunites her extended family and reignites old rivalries and the pain of long-held family secrets. Slowly, Luba begins piecing together her family’s unspoken past, starting in the 1930s in Ukraine, followed by emigration to England and settlement in Canada. In the process, she uncovers some startling truths about her own identity, and learns that she and her mother have much more in common than she thinks.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781894838344
Item AC0044
PublisherAcorn Press
PublisherAcorn Press
Published on December 1 2009
Language eng
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight435(g)
Orysia Dawydiak was the first child born to immigrant parents who settled in Northern Ontario. She grew up with a foot in both worlds, on a diet rich in Ukrainian traditions and stories. She lives on a small farm on Prince Edward Island where she raises sheep and dogs. She writes books on livestock protection dogs, and has also written award-winning fiction for children and young adults. She has written two other middle-grade fiction novels, Kira's Quest and Kira's Secret, which was nominated for the Hackmatack Award. Her first novel, House of Bears, was published by Acorn. Visit her website at