Malcolm Mills (author); BEYOND THE SHICKSHOCK MOUNTAINS; Asteroid Publishing (Children's: Young Adult Fiction) $17.95 ISBN: 9781926720098
Byline: Alicia Sondhi
With political tension, dangerous pirates, and ventures into unknown lands, Malcolm Mills's Beyond the Shickshock Mountains is a vivid historical fiction following three men in the Talon family as they fight against injustice and search for lasting freedom. Though the book occurs during the Seven Years War between France and Britain and focuses mainly on the lands that would become Canada, it captures the spirit and resolve that defined most pioneers as they traveled westward all across North America.
Told in three parts, the book features the stories of Jean George Talon, Shannagan Talon, and Trevallion Talon, three fictionalized descendants of the first Intendant of New France. Each must overcome political oppression in order to fight for the free life that is inherently his right, battling against corrupt powers and violent pirates to pursue what is just. Jean George leaves his longtime home and guides many people from his village to a new land. Shannagan runs away from a life of indefinite servitude into an unknown world for the chance to be free, and when Trevallion is captured while attempting to visit home, he makes a daring escape, regains what is stolen from him and his family, and returns to the life he has built for himself.
The quickly moving plots are filled with action and encourage readers to make meaningful connections to history by seeing figures similar to the...