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A Foal, Five Kittens and Confederation

by Deirdre Kessler
illustrated by Brenda Jones

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list price: $12.95
published: 2014
publisher: Acorn Press

Award-winning children's author Deirdre Kessler has set her latest story in the late summer of 1864. Nine-year-old twins Gabriel and Grace help their parents run the Great George Street Livery Stables in Charlottetown. They are part of all the excitement as a circus comes to town and as politicians arrive by steamship from the Maritimes and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. The twins have drawing lessons with their friend, fourteen-year-old artist Robert Harris, who plays in the band that entertains the delegates at a grand banquet and ball at Province House. But the twins are most excited about their favourite horse, who is about to give birth to her first foal. Travel back in time to the streets of Charlottetown for an insider's peek at the meetings that led to Confederation, beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Brenda Jones.

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Deirdre Kessler teaches creative writing and children's literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is the author of five children's novels, including the Canadian Children's Book Centre Award–winning Brupp Rides Again, and six other picture books, including perennial favourites Lobster in My Pocket and Lena and the Whale.

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Deirdre Kessler

Author of ten children's books, DEIRDRE KESSLER teaches children's literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. She was the project director and a member of the creative team of the award-winning CD-ROM on Lucy Maud Montgomery and her work.
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Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones grew up in Prince Edward Island and moved to Montreal in her twenties, where she worked at the National Film Board and on many animated TV shows. She started illustrating picture books in the 1980s, and has since published over twenty titles, two of which won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. She lives in PEI.
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