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MaryLou Driedger Online Book Launch

Wednesday Jun 16 2021 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Online, Zoom
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Join MaryLou Driedger for the virtual launch of her book Lost on the Prairie, published by Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage House. Featuring a conversation hosted by Harriet Zaidman.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Set between Kansas and Saskatchewan in 1907, Lost on the Prairie is a coming-of-age novel for middle-grade readers. The story follows a young boy, Peter, who gets separated from his family as they travel to Canada, and he must find his way alone, across the immense prairie landscape.

MaryLou Driedger has been a columnist for Winnipeg Free Press and The Carillon, and her freelance work has been published in numerous periodicals, anthologies, travel guides, institutional histories, and curriculums. As an educator, she has taught in three different countries and is the recipient of a Manitoba Teacher of the Year award.

Host Harriet Zaidman is a children's writer and book reviewer in Winnipeg and worked as a teacher-librarian for 25 years. Her second novel, Second Chances, comes out in the Fall.

In this free, online event, MaryLou will talk about writing research and inspiration with host Harriet Zaidman, read from the book, and take questions from the audience. All are welcome!


Lost on the Prairie

- MaryLou Driedger

Children's paperback $14.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $13.46

Set between Kansas and Saskatchewan in 1907, this middle-grade novel follows a young boy who gets separated from his family en route to Canada and must find his way alone across the immense prairie landscape.

Following the sudden death of his eldest brother, twelve-year-old Peter is chosen by his father to travel by train from Kansas to Saskatchewan to help set up the new family homestead. But when Peter's boxcar becomes uncoupled from the rest of the train somewhere in South Dakota, he finds himself lost and alone on the vast prairie.

For a sheltered boy who has only read about adventures in books, Peter is both thrilled and terrified by the journey ahead. Along the way, he faces real dangers, from poisonous snakes to barn fires; meets people from all walks of life, including famous author Mark Twain; and grows more resourceful, courageous, and self-reliant as he makes his way across the Midwest to the Canadian border, eventually reaching his new home in Drake, Saskatchewan. The journey expands Peter's view of the world and shows him that the bonds of family and community, regardless of background, are universal and filled with love. Packed with excitement and adventure, this coming-of-age novel features a strong and likeable young protagonist and paints a realistic portrait of prairie life in the early twentieth century.