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Barbara Nickel in conversation with Pat Cooley

Wednesday Oct 20 2021 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Zoom

Join Barbara Nickel launching Dear Peter, Dear Ulla in conversation with Pat Cooley.

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Dear Peter, Dear Ulla is an imaginative and beautifully crafted historical middle-grade novel about two cousins who have never met but have become fast friends through an exchange of letters—until the outbreak of World War Two interrupts their conversation.

Ulla lives in Danzig, a city that has just been occupied by the Nazis, and Peter lives on a Mennonite farm in Saskatchewan. What had been an easy and entertaining connection between Peter, a talented pianist, and Ulla, who is gifted at drawing, becomes fraught with unthinkable questions. Are they supposed to consider each other enemies now that Canada and Germany are at war?

BARBARA NICKEL grew up in Saskatchewan and has taught Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She has published acclaimed books for both adults and young people. Her children’s titles include Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, which won a B.C. Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, as well as a picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, which was a finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Barbara lives in Yarrow, British Columbia, with her husband and two sons.

PAT COOLEY is a retired high school English teacher who taught for thirty years. She has been the Rosthern (SK) town librarian for the past sixteen years, since her retirement from teaching. She is a passionate advocate for family literacy. Barb Nickel has been a long-time friend as well as a former student of Pat’s English classes. Pat has been a fan of Barb's word choice ever since Barb was the editor of the high school newspaper, The Borscht. Pat is very proud to introduce young readers to Barb’s books of both prose and poetry.

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Dear Peter, Dear Ulla

- by Barbara Nickel

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Dear Peter, Dear Ulla is an imaginative and beautifully crafted historical middle-grade novel about two cousins who are fast friends even though they have never met. Ulla lives in Danzig, a city that has just been occupied by the Nazis, and Peter lives on a farm in a Mennonite community in Saskatchewan. What had been an easy and entertaining connection between Peter, a talented pianist, and Ulla, who is gifted at drawing, becomes fraught with unthinkable questions. Are they supposed to consider each other enemies now that Canada and Germany are at war? What makes a person your enemy? What makes a person your friend? Is violence ever a good solution to conflict? Bruno, a bullying neighbour boy, wants Peter and other German-speaking boys to be ready to fight Canadian schoolmates who may doubt their allegiance to Canada. Ulla is secretly aiding Erwina, a Polish friend severely burned after her home, the Polish Post Office, was attacked by the Nazis in one of the first battles of World War Two. Unfolding in alternating chapters, the drama around these urgent situations will keep young readers in thrall to the entwined lives of these two fiercely intelligent cousins who must confront issues of bullying, prejudice, and racial violence -- some of the most challenging issues of their time, and ours.