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Out of the Dark by Welwyn Wilton Katz

Out of the Dark (1995)

by Welwyn Wilton Katz

Other authors: Martin Springett (Cover artist)

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A difficult book, in which memories of Ben's dead mother are hidden due to Ben's denial and refusal to remember the events surrounding her murder. Set two years after her murder, the book begins when Ben's father has moved the family to Newfoundland from Ottawa, Canada. Ben distances himself from his family and the small community, creating hostility towards him. Ben imagines himself to be Tor, a Viking settler in Vinland. Tor's imagined life and Ben's real life become entangled, finally allowing Ben to work through his grief and guilt at his mother's murder. ( )
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This book is for Joan and Mel and Katie and Elizabeth, who gave me my first real taste of L'Anse aux Meadows, a taste that made me plot the book - and go.
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After the shocking loss of Ben Elliot's mother, his father moves him and his younger brother Keith to a tiny village on Newfoundland's isolated northern peninsula. Ben's father had been born and brought up there, but Ben hates it. He's had to leave his friends in the city, and he's determined not to like anything or anyone in the new place. The kids in the village resent his attitude, and dangerous tensions rise. The only thing that makes the place at all bearable for Ben is its nearness to the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, where he finds comfort in the ancient myths and sagas his mother had loved and shared with him. He revives his childhood game of imagining he is Tor, a young Viking shipbuilder. But as the Tor game grows increasingly real and harder to control, Ben discovers that the lines between past and present, and fantasy and reality, are beginning to blur, with frightening consequences. Seamlessly weaving Viking mythology and history with the present, this book is a deeply moving story about coming to terms with grief and forgiveness. It is Welwyn Wilton Katz's most emotionally powerful novel yet.

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Thirteen-year-old Ben, unhappy with his new home in Newfoundland and haunted by memories of his mother, becomes increasingly absorbed with the remains of a Viking settlement which inspire him to build and sail a model ship in her honor.

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