House of Bears



ISBN: :9781894838344

House of Bears

  Author:   Orysia Dawydiak    
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

When Luba Kassim reluctantly returns home to Northern Ontario, the strained relationship with her traditional Ukrainian mother only heightens her feelings of alienation and isolation. A family crisis reunites her extended family and reignites old rivalries and the pain of long-held family secrets. Slowly, Luba begins piecing together her family’s unspoken past, starting in the 1930s in Ukraine, followed by emigration to England and settlement in Canada. In the process, she uncovers some startling truths about her own identity, and learns that she and her mother have much more in common than she thinks.

Details and Specs
Item AC0044
PublisherAcorn Press
PublishedDecember 1 2009
Language eng
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Orysia Dawydiak was the first child born to immigrant parents who settled in Northern Ontario. She grew up with a foot in both worlds, on a diet rich in Ukrainian traditions and stories. She lives on a small farm on Prince Edward Island where she raises sheep and dogs. She writes books on livestock protection dogs, and has also written award-winning fiction for children and young adults. Her first novel is the House of Bears. She has written four other middle-grade and young adult fiction novels. She won the first PEI Book Award for Children’s Literature for Rika’s Shepherd. She is the author of Kira's Quest and Kira's Secret, which was nominated for the Hackmatack Award, and most recently, the third and last book in the series, Kira's Crossing. Visit her website at