Included in one of the 2004 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults listsNominated for the White Pine Reading Program of the Durham District School Board
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Linda Holeman had always dreamed
of becoming an author. Her first writing success came when she was
in grade 5. A story she had written was aired on the CBC radio
program "Story Broadcast Journal" and she still has a copy of the
booklet it was published in.
Her career has included stints as a classroom and resource teacher and an adult workshop instructor. Her first published work as an adult was a collection of short stories called Saying Good-bye in 1995. She is the author of Frankie on the Run, a picture book and Flying to Yellow and The Devil's Darning Needle, two collections of short stories for adults. Her fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in numerous anthologies.
Both Promise Song, her first young adult novel and Mercy's Birds, her second, were selected for Books for the Teen Age lists by The New York Public Library. Her third YA novel, Raspberry House Blues, was published in Fall 2000 to excellent reviews. All three novels feature strong female teen protagonists and have been praised for the true representation of character, and especially, dialogue. Search of the Moon King's Daughter is a new work of historical fiction, already being well received. Linda Holeman lives in Winnipeg.
From the Hardcover edition.
Gr 6-9-Emmaline, the daughter of a village shopkeeper, leads an idyllic existence in 1830s England. When her father dies of cholera, the family is forced to move to a factory town where her mother finds work in a mill. When Emmaline is 15, her mother is injured in an industrial accident and becomes addicted to laudanum; she sells her young, deaf son into service as a chimney sweep to support her habit. Emmaline goes to London to search for him and finds work as a scullery maid. When she is not working, she relentlessly searches for her brother. She also begins to form connections with her fellow servants in the house where she works and lives. Emmaline is a strong young woman who takes things into her own hands. The supporting characters are also well drawn and three-dimensional. The narrative moves swiftly, thanks to short chapters and several subplots and twists, and builds to a satisfying conclusion. Period details enhance the descriptions, especially that of sooty, Dickensian London. Fans of historical fiction will be hooked.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"The narrative moves swiftly...and builds to a satisfying
conclusion.... Fans of historical fiction will be hooked."
-School Library Journal [starred review]
"Holeman vividly portrays the many contrasts of 1830s Victorian
life...and creates an engaging, well-developed protagonist who
exemplifies the power of determination and love.... Diverse
supporting characters, drama, suspense, and a hint of romance round
things out. A compelling story..."
"This gripping novel draws a shockingly realistic portrait of...19th century England."
-The White Ravens 2003, A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature
"Significant research and vivid imagery provide readers with an accurate and poignant image of England during its industrial coming-of-age."
-VOYA ..".virtue finally triumphs over vice in this richly plotted Dickensian saga..."
-The Horn Book Guide "Holeman's...[novel] is absolutely outstanding.... While the strong storyline and vivid characterizations are sufficiently compelling to provide this book with a 'Highly Recommended' rating, it is the period detail that Holeman seamlessly weaves into her plot that truly sets this book apart.... One of this year's absolute 'must' purchases..."
-CM Magazine ..".a powerful recreation of life in 1830s England.... Holeman packs a great deal of fascinating material into her moving portrait of the period."
-Quill & Quire ..".a welcome addition to the outstanding list of books [Linda Holeman] has written for young people... This novel is rich in historical detail... [T]een readers...will find Search of the Moon King's Daughter immensely satisfying and engaging."
-Books In Canada "This work does a good job of portraying the realities of life...in early nineteenth-century England.... In the classroom, this book could be used when discussing the social history of the nineteenth-century or the effects of the Industrial Revolution..."
-Resource Links ..".[a] gripping historical novel..."
-Toronto Star "[Linda Holeman's] exhaustive research and eye for detail help her to evoke the years 1830-36 with verisimilitude and to teach her readers - whether child or adult - a thing or two.... [This] is a book a young reader would be pleased to receive as a present. It is as entertaining as it is informative, possessing a great story..."
-The Vancouver Sun "This is great writing, and a consuming read."
-Brandon Sun "This fine work of historical fiction navigates authentic emotional territory."
-Today's Parent "We see...the kind of wisdom with which great battles are fought and won, and admire the journey she embarks upon.... Search of the Moon King's Daughter is ahead...by just a step or two."