Up in Arms is filled with intricate details of the geography of the West Coast of Canada and of the skills of boating, with a special emphasis on aircraft piloting, especially float planes. The text flows well and keeps the reader’s interest as the kids (most of them now teens) develop their characters and pursue their interests and dreams. But the most interesting aspect here is the spotlight on Indigenous nations, their historical mistreatment, and the feelings of non Indigenous Canadians towards them. The description of the loss of the potlatch, the condescending attitude of the local priest and his housekeeper, and the dismissive stance of the police are well-illuminated, making this a timely work in today’s era of reconciliation.
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