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Our homesick songs / Emma Hooper.

By: Hooper, Emma [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 319 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780241273807 ; 0241273803 .Subject(s): Atlantic cod -- Newfoundland -- Fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Fisheries -- Canada -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | City and town life -- Fiction | Ghost towns -- Fiction | Canada -- Newfoundland -- FictionSummary: The beautifully-told tale of a child's search for meaning through the redemptive power of music. The cod have vanished from Big Running, and now the people are disappearing too. As the fishing industry collapses and residents leave the island in search of work, 10-year-old Finn finds himself living in a ghost town, a place where whole rows of houses stand abandoned. But Finn still has his sister, Cora, with whom he counts the dwindling boats on the coast each night, and Mrs Callaghan, who teaches him the melodies of their native Ireland. That is until his sister disappears, and Finn must find a way of calling home the family and the life he has lost.
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There was nothing to do but tell stories. Tell this story.<br> And then? Asked Cora.<br> And then everything, said Finn.<br> <br> Newfoundland, Canada, 1992. When all the fish vanish from the waters, and the cod industry abruptly collapses, it's not long before the people begin to disappear from the town of Big Running as well. As residents are forced to leave the island in search of work, 10-year-old Finn Connor suddenly finds himself living in a ghost town. There's no school, no friends and whole rows of houses stand abandoned. And then Finn's parents announce that they too must separate if their family is to survive.<br> <br> But Finn still has his sister, Cora, with whom he counts the dwindling boats on the coast at night, and Mrs Callaghan, who teaches him the strange and ancient melodies of their native Ireland. That is until his sister disappears, and Finn must find a way of calling home the family and the life he has lost.

The beautifully-told tale of a child's search for meaning through the redemptive power of music. The cod have vanished from Big Running, and now the people are disappearing too. As the fishing industry collapses and residents leave the island in search of work, 10-year-old Finn finds himself living in a ghost town, a place where whole rows of houses stand abandoned. But Finn still has his sister, Cora, with whom he counts the dwindling boats on the coast each night, and Mrs Callaghan, who teaches him the melodies of their native Ireland. That is until his sister disappears, and Finn must find a way of calling home the family and the life he has lost.

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In the early 1990s, the villagers on a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland face a great challenge: as the fish disappear, so does their way of life, forcing them to relocate. The story moves between that time and the youth and courtship of Aidan and Martha Connor in the 1970s. By 1993, Aidan and Martha have found jobs in the far-distant oil and gas fields, with each alternating one month's work while the other stays home with teenage Cora and 11-year-old Finn. This grueling schedule takes its toll on the family, and both children try to help out in different ways. Finn has a plan to lure fish back to their shores and Cora strikes out on her own to earn money. In a simple, almost childlike style touched by magical realism, Hooper (Etta and Otto and Russell and James) offers a novel reading more like a fable or fairy tale, with many references to local folk music. -VERDICT This aptly titled work is like a sweet, sad ballad about keeping home and family together and will appeal to a wide range of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/15/18.]-Leslie Patterson, Rehoboth, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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