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by Dianne Linden


Nell has to share her mother, a Canadian peacekeeper, with the world, when she just wants her home to help Nell deal with the bullies at her new school.

13-year-old Nell Mackelwain has to share her mother, a Canadian peacekeeper, with the world, when she just wants her home in Edmonton, helping her deal with the bullies at school.

Nell's trying to be understanding about her mother's chosen mission, to go halfway around the world to be a peacekeeper, even though she's a single mom and has to leave Nell and her brother with their uncle Martin who doesn't know anything about raising kids.

Because little brother "Mikey" has to go to school close to home, Nell has to leave her terrific school for one which is likewise nearby. Which she sarcastically refers to by its acronym - JAWS. And which contains several nasty people who have made it their mission in life to torment Nell, and worse.

When you learn that Master Corporal Alice Mackelwain has named her two children Nellie Letitia (after Nellie McLung) and Lester Bowles (after Lester Pearson), you realize that she is just a bit of an idealist. So it isn't a surprise that she's serving as a peacekeeper in Bosnia, trying to bring peace and stability to that country after a bloody war.

Still, Nell could use her help to deal with the verbal and even physical threats. Instead she responds in classic victim fashion - she withdraws emotionally, she hides out as much as possible, as if she could ever really escape. Even though a classmate, Sam, emerges as a friend, Nell finally has to face her fears and tormenters. The outcome is anything but terrific.

Dianne Linden has pulled no punches in this compelling, dramatic, often humorous, portrait of children struggling to cope with absent parents in difficult times. Woven through the novel are emails from their mother in Bosnia, which present a picture of a whole different level of difficulties in getting through life.


5.25" x 7.5" 208 pages
10.95 CDN; 10.95 USD
E-Book Price
Juvenile Novel Tradepaper 8+
Dianne Linden

About the Author

Dianne Linden is the author of three novels for young readers, of which Peacekeepers was the first. Her 2008 novel, Shimmerdogs, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature. A writer and editor who has worked for many years as a teacher and educational consultant, Dianne has published work in many literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and Britain.

Born in Kansas, Dianne lived in Colorado and Germany before moving to Edmonton, which she now considers home.



Finalist for the OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Award

Nominated for the R Ross Annett Award

Our Choice Starred Title, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Finalist, Children's Literature Award, Alberta Book Awards

Finalist, Rocky Mountain Award, Alberta Young Readers' Award

Finalist, Golden Eagle Children's Choice ­Award

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