Mary of Mile 18 caused a sensation when it was first published in 1971. The story of Mary who finds a wolf pup but is forbidden to keep it as a pet, until it proves its worth on the family farm, touched the hearts of readers in Canada and around the world. Newspapers vied to interview the first-time author, a young woman teaching in a tiny school house in a remote northern settlement. The art was exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery and in 1972, the Canadian Library Association enthusiastically voted it Book of the Year for Children.
Now 30 years later, new generations are enjoying the story of Mary, her hardworking family and their little home near the woods in Mile 18. Tundra is thrilled to bring forth a new commemorative edition to celebrate an enduring classic.
About Ann Blades
Ann Blades was only 20 years old when she began teaching at the schoolhouse near Mile 18, British Columbia. Unable to find books for her students that represented their lives, she decided to write and illustrate her own stories. Mary of Mile 18 was her first book and included the students she taught that year. She has written and illustrated many award-winning books, including A Boy of Tache, and A Salmon for Simon. Ann Blades lives near Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Blades’ appreciation of the Canadian wilderness and those who eke out a living there is apparent in her richly colored and textured primitive watercolors…a breathtaking backdrop to the story.” –School Library Journal