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Crook, Connie Brummel
Toronto, Stoddard, 1991. 292pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN O-7737-5457-1. CIP

Reviewed by Darleen Golke

Volume 20 Number 3
May 1992

Set against the background of the American Revolution, Flight chronicles the father Hans departs their Albany, New York, farm to become a courier for the British forces.

George vacillates between anger at his father for abandoning the family and upsetting their lives, and admiration for this parent who, although reluctant to take sides in the war, becomes one of the leading couriers for the British, high on the Rebels' most-wanted list.

Crook, a descendant of the Myers and an active member of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, depicts the revolutionaries as cruel and barbaric in their treatment of Loyalists. Common methods of dealing with Loyalists in revolutionary America included tarring and feathering, hanging, confiscation of property, eviction from home and land, and persecution in general.

Flight will appeal to young adult readers interested in Canada's history. This long, fictionalized account of George Waltermyer's coming of age during the Revolutionary War teems with anger at the treatment people loyal to the British received at the hands of the Rebels. Crook spares little sympathy for the ideology of the Rebels, but applauds the determination and courage of all who remained loyal to "family, king and God."

Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up

Darleen Golke, Fort Richmond Collegiate Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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