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Summer at the cannery  Cover Image Book Book

Summer at the cannery / by Gladys Young Blyth.


"This is a story of 12-year-old Ryan Stanley whose father was killed in the Second World War with the Japanese nation. Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Ryan misses having a dad. And, although he loves his mother, he is unhappy that she cannot provide everything he wants. For this reason, Ryan's mother takes a job at North Pacific Cannery on the Skeena River to earn extra money for the things her son needs. Ryan has become a selfish child, caught up in his demands for the things he thinks he should have. And, because the Japanese killed his father, and because he is partial to playing with only Caucasian children, he is faced with the dilemma of either not having any friends at all, or of making friends with children of other cultures. At North Pacific, Ryan meets up with Danny Judson, 11, a native North American born in Kincolith, British Columbia on the Nass River. Danny has his own problems. He spends every school year at the Port Alberni Residential School and feels that he misses out on his native culture. Because of this he has developed an irritating habit of borrowing things and not returning them. Both boys team up with Kiyoshi Sakamoto, 13, a Japanese boy born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kiyoshi struggles with the alienation his family experienced when they lost most of their possessions and were evacuated to the interior of the province during the Second World War. During this time his mother died. Kiyoshi is inclined to be cautious and, above all, obedient to his father. Together, the three boys secretly enjoy exciting adventures exploring the Skeena River on an old raft. Ryan makes a trip gillnet fishing with his Uncle Ted which ends in disaster. From this experience he realizes that he really wants to be with his new friends."-- from publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781412025362
  • ISBN: 1412025362
  • Physical Description: 169 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Victoria, British Columbia : Trafford, [2014].
Subject: Canneries > British Columbia > Skeena River Region > Juvenile fiction.
Families > British Columbia > Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household > Juvenile fiction.
River life > Juvenile fiction.
War widows > Juvenile fiction.
Skeena River Region (B.C.) > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Canadian fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Prince Rupert Library.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library J Blyt (Text) 33294001933308 Juvenile Fiction Volume hold Available -
Prince Rupert Library NWHC J Blyt (Text) 33294001933290 Northwest History Collection - Non-Circulating Not holdable Available -

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