The Search for Joyful

The Search for Joyful

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Penguin Putnam
When her dear friend Oh Be Joyful died in a flu epidemic, Mrs. Mike Flannigan opened her home-and heart-to her orphaned child, Kathy Forquet. But as the terrors of World War II drew closer to home, Kathy left her small Canadian town to join the war effort-and enrolled at a nursing school in Montreal.

The Search for Joyful is her story.

Baker & Taylor
As World War II closes in, Kathy Forquet leaves behind the warmth and security of her home with the Flannigans to enroll in nursing school, where her life unfolds with excitement and a new understanding of her Native American heritage.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780425183335
Branch Call Number: F FRE
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Freedman, Nancy Mars


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Jan 24, 2016

I didn't find that this book held my interest very well. One particular thing that I felt hard to accept (because my mother lived through this era in Slave Lake), was the modern day usage of the term "First Nation people" (page 38). The time period of this part of the book is during the Second World War. The words most often used at this time were Indian or half-breed. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, "In 1980, hundreds of chiefs met in Ottawa and used “First Nations” for the first time in their Declaration of the First Nations. In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood became the Assembly of First Nations, the political voice for First Nations people in Canada."


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