Shortlisted for the 2004 Chocolate Lily and the 2005 Red Cedar Awards; A #1 B.C. BESTSELLER.
Highly Recommended for readers age 13+
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Praise for Tess
Here is classic historical fiction by an immensely talented writer, who brings a fateful voyage across the oceans, and the fascinating world of the North American frontier, vividly to life.Raincoast Books
Reekie’s account of one plucky girl’s journey to a new life is action-packed and chock-full of vivid images. Tess herself is a bold, immensely likeable character who all but leaps off the page. Highly Recommended.CM (Canadian Materials)
One of the 26 best books of Y.A. fiction published in the U.S. in 2003. [U.S. publication date]
VOYA (Voices of Youth Advocates) Magazine
I am a Teacher-Librarian in North Vancouver and also teach a grade seven English class. I had heard many good things about Tess. Imagine my surprise and delight when I [read it and] discovered my great-great-grandfather, George Robinson, bashing someone on the head in Nanaimo! My sister and I had done some research on our family and were aware of the incident, but it was quite exciting to find old George moving the plot of your novel along. You have a real feel for the period and must have done a huge amount of research!Lori Staehling, Teacher-Librarian
History, as I remember it from school, was the ultimate bore. Although we were a community of immigrants, nothing was taught of the immigration experience or the reasons behind it. What I wouldn’t have given for books like Tess that make people and places come alive. The details of the sea voyage and of early Vancouver Island are well done. Bill Valgardson, Chair of the Writing Dept., University of Victoria
This is the way history should be told. Monday Magazine