Joan Givner
   
 
Joan Givner has written a dozen books of biography and fiction. She is also recognized for her series of books for young adults that include the Ellen Fremedon Series and A Girl Called Tennyson trilogy. Givner currently resides in a small seaside town north of Victoria, BC. Although she is retired from teaching, she still continues to write fiction, as well as review books for BC Bookworld, the Toronto Star, Books in Canada and other publications.


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JUVENILE NOVEL

264 pages / paper

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ISBN: 978-1-927068-91-5
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Joan Givner

Lost in an unfamiliar world, a girl named Tennyson and her friends search for home and parents and have strange encounters with humans and non-humans, in increasingly dangerous situations.

When Anne Tennyson Miller (known as Tenn) brings her friend Una from her distant homeland to join the Miller family, she prepares her for culture shock. However a different kind of shock awaits them. They find a ghost town; the sea is rising rapidly; the climate is changing, and all the people have fled to the mountains.

The two go to nearby Bracula College, where Tenn's parents worked and where she was a student. There they exist by eating the food left in the kitchen, and sleeping in the dormitory, all the while fearfully aware that someone is stalking them. When they finally corner their stalker, they find no terrifying enemy, but two boys from a far country, left behind in the general exodus. Together the four set out on the long journey to the mountains.

Although none of them can drive, they set off in an abandoned car, which Tenn manages to drive. When the car breaks down, they proceed on foot. They have dangerous encounters with humans and non-humans, and several narrow escapes.

When the four eventually reach the mountaintop, another shock awaits them. Tenn is happily reunited with her family but instead of a safe haven, they find that the population is divided into hostile camps. War is about to break out over food supplies, weapons, and water.

"Plenty of action . . . unusual characters . . .well-paced prose . . . a fantasy to transport readers from their daily reality to another world." — C.M. Magazine

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juvenile novel

264 pages / paper
Ages 8-12

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-83-6
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Anne “Tenn” Tennyson Miller’s adventure begins during an ordinary ferry trip, but reality soon melts away as Tenn is transported to the fantasy land of Greensward.

When she arrives in Greensward, Tenn is elected to rescue her new friend, Una, who has been spirited away to a nearby country occupied by evil forces determined to destroy the harmony of Greensward. Before she sets out on her dangerous mission she is trained by the wise woman, Bethan, who understands the enemy’s weaknesses and offers Tenn resources and information that can help her on her mission.

Once in enemy territory she uses Bethan’s supplies and teachings, as well as her own keen memory and wealth of knowledge, to sustain her quest. She is eventually successful in finding Una but then discovers that there are many other children who must also be saved and returned to Greensward.

This classic fantasy quest from established YA author Joan Givner takes young readers on an adventure written in the British tradition, fused with a contemporary voice. Givner alludes to the work of Tennyson, as “Tenn” loves poetry, story and rhyme; in fact it will be her love of great writers that helps her in her quest and leads her to success.

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