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Two troubled families are paralleled to illustrate that there are no perfect family relationships and that families respond to difficulties in different ways. Lance, a young Métis, openly resents his mother's desertion; Red, on the other hand, fights an inner battle during his parents' preoccupation with Red's comatose brother. In both cases, resolution comes with effective communication. Halvorson utilizes realistic conversational style to depict the boys' support for each other and the modelling of their growing cross-cultural friendship.

Listed by Saskatchewan Education in the 6-9 English language arts bibliography, 1997.
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