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Sophie, in Shadow Paperback – March 30, 2014

4.2 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

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Sophie, in Shadow ends up being a fantastic history lesson without ever being really obvious about it. (Kris Rothstein, CM Magazine, Manitoba Library Association)

An entertaining and intriguing novel that takes a young girl traumatized by her escape from the Titanic, into the completely different and mysterious world of India in the  early part of the 20th century.  This well-told, fast-moving story can be enjoyed by all ages.  Annie Boulanger, Burnaby Now

"Eileen Kernaghan creates a sense of wondrous dislocation for the reader. a darkly beautiful reminder that every place is haunted, every locale filled with ghosts of memory from the past. Sophie, in Shadow reminds readers that we dwell in a place of fantasy, of wonder and excitement and that those dreamy places of magic and mystery are always steeped in the shadows of past horrors and veiled in secrets We are always one step through the veil of time away from tragedy."  -- Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

This book is heartily recommended to anyone re-reading A Passage to India this summer, and to anyone whose childhood summers included Kipling's Kim... This book is for anyone who fears that young adult books are short on literary value and too long on popular culture. In the timeless style of L.M. Montgomery and E.M. Forster, this book is simply a treat.   -- Tanita Davis, Finding Wonderland

Historically, this is a descriptive and engrossing read on all aspects of life in early 20th century British India. It has a twist of mystery and a hint of the supernatural, but it is also a clever study of the customs and culture of Buddhism, as explored by one of the characters who helped Sophie understand her visions. -- Arleigh Johnson, HNR Issue 70 (November 2014)

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While the first world war raged across Europe and the Middle East, life for the British in India continued much as always. The memsahibs  contributed to the war effort by  knitting socks for soldiers, while the daughters of the Raj kept up their usual round of regimental balls and dances at the Club. Yet beneath that apparently tranquil surface, plots and conspiracies simmered. Still traumatized by her parents' death at sea, Sophie Pritchard finds herself thrust into a bewildering world of  spies  and subterfuges.

On a personal note: in 1912 my maternal grandfather decided to emigrate with his wife and five children from England to Canada. Their  plan was to make the crossing on the much-publicized maiden voyage of  SS Titanic, but they were too late to book accommodation, and traveled instead on the next available ship. In the years leading up to the centennial of the Titanic disaster, I was reminded of how such random events can decide the very fact of our existence. Sophie's story,  like  my own family history,  is a narrative of "What If's?".

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  • Paperback : 248 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1927068946
  • Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 1927068940
  • Reading level : 14 and up
  • Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Publisher : Thistledown Press (March 30, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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