Prisonniers de la grande forêt

Prisonniers de la grande forêt

Anya Soloniuk, fille d'immigrants ukrainiens

Book - 2008 | French
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La famille d'Anya immigre de l'Ukraine pour prendre un nouveau d#65533;part au Canada. Mais juste apr#65533;s avoir am#65533;nag#65533; dans un appartement minuscule #65533; Montr#65533;al, la Premi#65533;re Guerre mondiale #65533;clate. L'Ukraine #65533;tant annex#65533;e #65533; l'Autriche, qui est maintenant en guerre contre le Commonwealth, plusieurs Ukrainiens sont d#65533;clar#65533;s #65533; sujets de pays ennemis #65533; et sont envoy#65533;s dans des camps d'internement. C'est ainsi qu'Anya et sa famille se retrouvent dans le camp de Spirit Lake, un endroit #65533;loign#65533; dans le nord du Qu#65533;bec. Les conditions sont dures, mais au moins, la famille d'Anya n'est pas s#65533;par#65533;e et malgr#65533; les cl#65533;tures barbel#65533;es qui l'entourent, la jeune fille arrive #65533; se faire des amis et #65533; semer la joie autour d'elle. L'auteure Marsha Skrypuch, dont le grand-p#65533;re a v#65533;cu l'internement des Ukrainiens en Alberta, s'est rendue #65533; Spirit Lake, au Qu#65533;bec, afin d'effectuer ses recherches pour #65533;crire ce roman. Elle s'est inspir#65533;e de l'histoire de Mary Manko, une petite fille de six ans, qui a d#65533; quitter Montr#65533;al avec sa famille pour #65533;tre intern#65533;es #65533; Spirit Lake. Mary Manko est d#65533;c#65533;d#65533;e en juillet 2007 #65533; l'#65533;ge de 98 ans. Elle #65533;tait la derni#65533;re survivante connue des camps d'internement ukrainiens au Canada.

Anya's family emigrates from the Ukraine hoping for a fresh start and a new life in Canada. Soon after they cram into a tiny apartment in Montreal, WWI is declared. Because their district was annexed by Austria - now at war with the Commonwealth - many Ukrainians in Canada are declared "enemy aliens" and sent to internment camps. Anya and her family are shipped off to the Spirit Lake Camp, in the remote wilderness of Quebec. Though conditions are brutal, at least Anya is at a camp that houses entire families together, and even in this barbed-wire world, she is able to make new friends and bring some happiness to the people around her. Author Marsha Skrypuch, whose own grandfather was interned during WWI at a camp in Alberta, travelled to Spirit Lake during her research for the book. "When we got to the cemetery, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Imagine seeing a series of crosses, all grown over with brush and abandoned, and knowing that the real person you based a character on had a little sister buried there? That real little girl was Mary Manko. She was only six years old when she and her family were taken from their Montreal home and sent to Spirit Lake Internment Camp. Her two-year-old sister Carolka died at the camp. Mary Manko is in her nineties now and is the last known survivor of the Ukrainian internment operations." explains Skrypuch.

Original title: Dear Canada: Prisonners in the Promised Land

Publisher: Toronto : Éditions Scholastic, 2008
ISBN: 9780545988230
Branch Call Number: J FRE SKY
Characteristics: 243 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Faubert, Martine


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