Saskatchewan Technical Institute
(The prospect of a boring summer vacation turns to adventu...)
The prospect of a boring summer vacation turns to adventure when eleven-year-old Marjorie discovers stolen pesticides on her family's farm. It's a mystery that turns the summer on its ear and an experience that makes Marjorie see her home in a startling new light.
(An old woman tells her granddaughter the story of her lif...)
An old woman tells her granddaughter the story of her life in a Mennonite village in Ukraine—from the dangers of World War I and the Russian Revolution to their escape to Canada. The story of Nettie Pauls, told to her granddaughter in present-day Saskatchewan, is a marvellous distillation of a turbulent period in European history. It begins with the wedding of Nettie's older sister, Liese, in what is now western Ukraine. Elsewhere in Europe, war rages, but it seems far away. Liese gives Nettie a hand-sewn diary, and the diary entries become starting points for chapters of Nettie's story. Nettie's world changes forever as the Russian Revolution brings the war close to home. The village is visited and often plundered by a bewildering array of armies. Young men are torn between Mennonite principles of non-violence and the need to protect their families. In the end, Nettie's family, along with many other Mennonites, make the long journey out of eastern Europe to the new world. Hard times of famine and terror, the relief of escape from oppression, moments of kindness and humanity - all are part of this powerful story. Nettie Pauls is an engaging heroine, as clear and compelling as if she stood before us today. And her story helps contemporary kids understand some of the reasons people left Europe to make a new life in Canada.
(Erik never wanted to leave his grandfather's farm, and th...)
Erik never wanted to leave his grandfather's farm, and the memory of his dead father, in Norway. But in Canada his family can have their own farm, so Erik, his mother, and his older sister Elsa journey to the Canadian west with Rolf, their mother's new husband, Rolf. Rolf is a hard man to talk to and even harder to get to know. And he's keeping a secret from his new family. Erik does a man's work, helping Rolf break land and build a sod house. Rolf's brother and his son Olaf live in the nearby town. Olaf looks a lot like Rolf, but for some reason won't talk to him, and seems to resent Erik as well. The boys start to get along through their shared efforts to save Tapper, an injured horse. Tapper gets well enough to be entered in a local horserace and turns out to be a real winner. "Tapper" is the Norwegian word for "brave," and Erik really must be "tapper" to face all the challenges of his new life and be a winner himself.
Dueck attended Saskatchewan Technical Institute from 1974 to 1975.
Since 1975, Adele Dueck has been working as a freelance writer, based in Lucky Lake, Canada. She also serves the family farm as an accountant and secretary.
(An old woman tells her granddaughter the story of her lif...)2005
(The prospect of a boring summer vacation turns to adventu...)1996
(Erik never wanted to leave his grandfather's farm, and th...)2011
Dueck is a member of the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators, and Performers, Saskatchewan Writers Guild and Saskatchewan Children’s Writers Round Robin.
Dueck married Raymond Dueck on December 28, 1974. The couple has 5 children: Lisa, Cheryl, Philip, Jeanette and Alison.