The past of an epidemic

Le passé d’une épidémie

Travel back in time… Montreal, 1885. An epidemic of smallpox is raging. In these times of crisis, the mysterious disappearances of orphans – approximately all the same age and living at the same orphanage – begin to be afraid of.

For Julien Tessier and his sister Victorine, who have not seen their parents for ten years, the situation is more disturbing. Especially since the disappearances affect their friends and that Julian is a “victim” of a strange phenomenon…

An epidemic. Yes, the plot of this novel is close to, in any way, a lot of the current situation in which humanity is facing, with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The smallpox epidemic of which it is question in this book has hit Montreal at the end of the month of February, 1885, and has been nearly 6000 victims in Quebec, in the course of the following 15 months. The small historical lesson stops here, and the few resemblances with the current situation also. Because the goal is to provide the children’s literature that entertains and provides an escape, especially during difficult times !

A thriller removing it from beginning to end

It is very interesting to dive into the daily life of young people who live in an orphanage, especially in a period of history far removed from that experienced by the current generation of teenagers. Although Victorine is the only leading female character, you can feel strong and present. His brother, Julien, is however the character with the most intriguing… It is around him that all this mystery Project ” Pox ” turns. Gatherer, curious and just, the drive follows instantly Julian in all his adventures !

The great strength of this novel is its suspense and captivating. In some way, the reader expects a story, rather history – and with good reason – but he soon realized that doing something a little strange or esoteric, is taking place between the walls of the orphanage in montreal… The young man begins to reconnect with his parents, when memories resurface in his memory. Why the little ditty that he sang often of his father he is it now in your head ? And why Julien does it the impression that it could represent a key element of the mystery that surrounds you ?

The Project-Pox is an excellent suspense historical, ready to take any type of player in a world where the lies, the danger, the hypnotism, but also the friendship intersect.

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Meet Adele Faucher, 12 years. This adorable redhead is so endearing ! It is refreshing to discover a young girl with dyslexia and dysorthographique to which many readers can identify with. Moreover, the author Sophie Rondeau dedicate this new series of novels based on her own daughter, Adele. To return to that of the book, she lives with her aunt Audréa, because her parents died when she was a baby. The world of Adele seems to be limited to his cat, Leopold (even if it would be better to have a dog), his best friend Tom and his passion for drawing. Until one day a classmate shows him the photo of a girl that looks like him as two drops of water… And if Adele had a sister and that she didn’t know ?


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New charming album collection Carousel, a collection that gives the chance to children to write their history, in collaboration with a writer. This time it was Marika, age 11, who imagined the story of the Glutton, a monkey well nice, but very greedy. His greatest indulgence ? The water melon ! The monkey loves so much of this fruit that he prefers not to tell his friend Filou, a parrot, where he finds so many watermelons. Then, one day, Trickster gives him a helping hand and thus it is that Wolverine realizes how important it is to share, in life. The illustrations in this album are simply wonderful. Warning : this story really makes you want to eat watermelon !

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