Young Adult Fiction

By John Reid  

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The exciting events of this tale begin with young Russian emigre, Alexi Gertoff, meeting a mysterious boy on the streets of Amherst, Nova Scotia. The boy, who barely speaks English, turns out to be the son of Leon Trotsky, and he has come to town to spring his father from the wartime prison camp. Alexi and his family become involved in a dangerous attempt to reunite Trotsky with his wife and children. Based on the real-life imprisonment of Trotsky at the Amherst prison camp during the month of April 1917, the story moves to Halifax and to the Ukraine in the former USSR, as we follow the travels of Alexi Gertoff. Rich in historical detail, this fictional tale is an absorbing read for young adults with an appetite for suspense and adventure.

Excerpt from ESCAPE!

Lev spoke again. “That brings me to your alternative. The other possibility is that you send Trotsky and his family back to Russia. That way, you will rid yourselves of a troublesome problem, and Trotsky’s document will never see the light of day.” Lev stopped to let this sink in, and the officer too was silent for a moment. “You understand,” he said carefully, “that I am no more than an intermediary.” He would have continued, but Lev hissed him into silence. He had heard something. We listened. I heard it then, and the officer must have heard it too. Horses’ hooves, getting louder. And this was not like what we had heard half an hour before, just a single rider. This was sounding more and more like a cavalry charge. I couldn’t see Lev’s eyes clearly in the dark, but I could sense that they were blazing. ‘I warned you about treachery,’ he spat out in Russian, and this time there was no need for translation.

Roseway Publishing
  • Fiction
  • ISBN: 9781552661475
  • January 2004
  • 128 Pages
  • $15.00
  • For sale worldwide

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  • John Reid

    Saint Mary’s University

    John G. Reid holds degrees from Oxford University (BA), Memorial University (MA), and the University of New Brunswick (PhD). Since 1985 he has been a member of the History department at Saint Mary’s University, teaching and supervising theses in the areas of Canadian and Atlantic Canadian history. He has held the rank of Professor since 1989. He is also a former Coordinator of Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Gorsebrook Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, elected in 2004. Reid’s principal teaching and research interests include the history of early modern northeastern North America (focusing especially on imperial-aboriginal issues in Acadia/Nova Scotia and northern New England), the history of Atlantic Canada, and the history of higher education. He has published books and articles in these areas, as well as writing two historical novels for teenage readers and two plays for radio. Reid has served on the Council of the Canadian Historical Association and on the editorial board of the Canadian Historical Review. He is currently a board member of three historical journals, and of the Atlantic Canada Portal. He has also lectured internationally, and in 2008 held the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Visiting Lectureship in India.

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