Tragic Links

Tragic Links

By Andrea Belcham

A review of Tragic Links by Cathy Beveridge

Published on June 1, 2009

Tragic Links
Cathy Beveridge

Ronsdale Press
$10.95
paper
181pp
978-1-55380-066-8

Cathy Beveridge uses fantasy to explore the very real phenomenon of the preventable disaster in Tragic Links. This is the latest installment in a series about Jolene, who – like her grandfather and twin brother – can see and enter “time creases,” gateways to another point in history. Jolene and her family are in Montreal, visiting her maternal grandmother while her father researches the 1907 Quebec City bridge collapse. The boy next door has a personal connection to the historical event, as his ancestors include several of the many Mohawk steelworkers who died in the collapse. Jolene gets even closer to another local historical disaster when she travels through a time crease and meets her doppelganger, who leads her into the Laurier Palace Theatre on the day in 1927 that it catches on fire, killing many children inside. Jolene recognizes how small instances of poor communication can have large consequences – not only in the past, but also in the present, where her mother and grandmother’s differences threaten to tear the family apart. Tragic Links emphasizes the value of the lessons history teaches to those who listen. Through Jolene’s physical journeys into the past, and through the imaginative journeys prompted by her relatives’ oral stories, Beveridge illuminates bygone times. (Ages 10+) mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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