The Secret of the Blue Trunk

The Secret of the Blue Trunk

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2014 Forest of Reading, White Pine Award -- Winner, Nonfiction



The true story of how a young Qu#65533;b#65533;cois nun ended up a prisoner of war in Buchenwald and how her daughter discovered her secrets.



In this true story, Armande Martel, a young nun from Quebec, is arrested by the Germans in 1940 during a stay at her religious order's mother house in Brittany. She spends the war years in a German concentration camp. After her return to Canada, she leaves the Church, finds the love of her life in Montreal, and adopts Lise Dion.



Growing up, Lise is familiar with only a few facts of her mother's past. It's when she clears her mother's small apartment after her death that Lise Dion discovers the key to the blue trunk, which was always locked. This key unlocks the mystery of Armande's early life, and Lise decides to write The Secret of the Blue Trunk .
ISBN: 9781459704510
1459704517
Characteristics: 165 pages ;,22 cm

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ronston63
Aug 26, 2014

Interesting and heartwrenching.

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vitareader
Aug 20, 2014

The secret of the blue trunk by Lise Dion
After the death of her mother, Armande, Lise finally discovers what was in the blue trunk her mother had always been so guarded about . Lise is astonished to find that her mother Armande was detained in a prison of war camp during WWII ,in France, and that her mother had been a nun. She also finds her mother's journals. These tell of her mother's life from childhood as well as in the camp. I found this a very enlightening account of camp life for those that were put into camps by Germans because they were Canadian, or some other ally of Britain, and were forced to work for the German War effort. It is a difficult subject but I found the journals made it more personal and easy to read.

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Humbird
Sep 08, 2013

I thought it was an absolutely wonderful
book.
Thank you for telling your mothers
story.
BJWS

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jerksister1
Jul 16, 2013

Such an interesting story! And it's true! I found it hard to put down because I wanted to know what happened next.

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maryannexed
Jun 14, 2013

Terrific story badly and dully told. If it's better in the original French, it's a shame they got such a crashing bore to translate it.

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