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Barbara Claassen Smucker DAYS OF TERROR First Edition Signed

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First Canada edition, first print hardback published by Clarke, Irwin & Company in 1979. Signed and with a dedication by Barbara Claassen Smucker on the front endpaper
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First Canada edition, first print hardback of DAYS OF TERROR, by Barbara Claassen Smucker and published by Clarke, Irwin & Company, Toronto, Vancouver in 1979. Signed and with a dedication by Barbara Claassen Smucker on the front endpaper.

The book is in very good condition (Clean brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine, with slight creasing and rubbing to spine edges) with some wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped and protected in mylar (some creasing, fraying and chipping mainly to the top edge and spine edges and minor foxing to page ends). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Barbara Smucker was one of Canada’s best-known and best-loved authors of fiction for children and young adults. Throughout her career, she was profoundly affected by civil rights issues, which informed works such as Days of Terror, White Mist, and Underground to Canada .

She won multiple awards for her work, including the Vicky Metcalf Award, the Canada Council Children’s Literature Prize, and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. She passed away in 2003.

"Days of peace turn to days of terror for a young boy caught in the tensions of revolutionary times. Set in 1917 and the years following, Days of Terror has as its climax the epic story of a mass exodus of Mennonites to Canada and the United States, away from the horrors of anarchy, famine and the Russian revolution.

The tranquillity of daily life in a small Ukrainian village is disrupted for Peter and Katya Neufeld when their older brother Otto returns to the family stronghold - their ancient farmhouse - from the war against Germany.

A terrifying sequence of events begins: the Neufelds must struggles against invading bandits and against the onset of disease and hunger. They are also shaken by the loss of freedom to practise their religion and by the knowledge that Otto has defied Mennonite beliefs by taking up arms to fight in the Civil War.

Miraculously, and after much suffering, those who are strong enough are offered a passage to North America. There is the chance of a farm in Manitoba. Yet friends and relatives must be left behind and there are still many trials to endure...

Full of the joys and pains of life, this is a story with the power to touch the reader and make the Neufelds' experience our own. Barbara Smucker has again recreated a dramatic period of history with vigour and authenticity."

152 pages.

ISBN: 0 7720 1280 6

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