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Secret Signs
By author: Jacqueline Guest
Selling Points: "The Depression, hobos, acceptance"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2006
Pages: 144
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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This was not how he'd imagined today would go, but he wouldn't let anyone, not even his mother, tell him what to do. Like his hero, Tom Sawyer, Henry would seek his fame and fortune in the wide world. Maybe he couldn't hitch a ride on a Mississippi riverboat, but he could take a page out of Tom's book and live by his wits and by his own rules.

The Depression has ruined Henry Dafoe's life: his father has left the family farm to look for work, his mother is sick and now she's decided to send Henry to Nova Scotia to work on his uncle's fishboat. But Henry has other ideas. He runs away from home to join his father, which proves more difficult than he imagined. Alone and scared in a strange city, he befriends an old hobo named Clickety Clack, who agrees to take him to find his father. As they make their way across the country, Clickety Clack teaches Henry about the secret signs that hoboes use to communicate with each other.
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 1, 2008
"Young readers...will be treated to a good adventure story and a bit of history as well....Highly recommended."
CM Magazine - December 8, 2006
"Canadian history and geography spring to life in this charming tale of a boy seeking his fame and fortune in the wide world...driven by crisp dialogue and suspenseful situations. Recommended."


Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007


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