Cher Journal : Une mer de chagrin


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La Grande Famine sévit en Irlande. Johanna Leary, 13 ans, et sa famille font partie des milliers d'Irlandais qui, rêvant d'un avenir meilleur, quittent leur patrie pour venir s'installer au Canada.Les conditions sont difficiles à bord du navire qui transporte Johanna et sa famille. Atteints du typhus et d'autres maladies, plusieurs passagers, dont le petit frère de Johanna, meurent en mer. Une fois à terre, la mère et le père de la jeune fille, en quarantaine à Grosse-Île, périssent à leur tour. Johanna n'a plus que son frère Michael, mais elle perd sa trace à la suite d'un malentendu. Elle devra commencer sa nouvelle vie seule, dans un pays inconnu... Un récit passionnant et touchant de l'auteure de renom, Norah McClintock.

In the midst of the Irish famine, Johanna flees one disaster - only to land in another.After a massive potato famine strikes Ireland, thirteen-year-old Johanna Leary flees to Canada with her family.But typhus and other illnesses plague the "coffin ships," so named for the staggering number of immigrants who died enroute. One by one Johanna loses the members of her family - first her baby brother on the journey over, then her mother in the Grosse Isle fever sheds where sick passengers are quarantined when they reach the port of Québec, and her father soon after. Johanna has only her brother Michael left when she sets foot on Canadian soil.When her brother is mistakenly told that she too has died, he sets off to find their uncle "somewhere in Canada," leaving Johanna to face a new life in a strange land... totally alone.A Sea of Sorrows captures a dreadful time in history for those desperate, impoverished Irish families who hoped to make Canada their home. Johanna's incredible journey of survival is told with insight and sensitivity by master storyteller Norah McClintock.

Original Title: Dear Canada : A Sea of Sorrows

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