Susan Rocan


A Novel

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MOST PEOPLE HAVE heard of Withershins – the ritual where one runs around a church three times at midnight. Some claim you’ll meet the devil. Others say you will be transported to the Netherworld. What happens to Michelle is quite different. She finds herself trapped in the past of the Red River Settlement, forced to survive without modern conveniences. A native shaman tells her she is the chosen one, but Michelle has no idea why. As she struggles with life in a primitive time, she learns more than just how to survive. Despite facing illness, death, and bigotry, she learns patience and even falls in love, as much as she tries to avoid it.

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  • A 2010 MYRCA selection
  • FINALIST McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
  • FINALIST Manitoba Historical Society’s Margaret McWilliams Award
  • A 2009 Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens selection 

“Withershins will be enjoyed by all fans of historical fiction.”  — Resource Links

“Manitoba teens should particularly enjoy this book, with the intriguing historical setting and its frequent references to places in present-day Winnipeg.” — Donna Gamache, Prairie Fire Magazine

“A long overdue book about the St. Andrew’s church and cemetery legend glittering with factual and descriptive detail. Author Susan Rocan has definitely done her homework.” — Jury comments, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, Older Category


Additional Information

Weight 0.295 kg

About the Author

Susan Rocan

Susan Rocan grew up in Winnipeg. She has always loved words, their meanings, origins, and the way they sound. She teaches speech and language  to special needs students within the Seven Oaks School Division.