Stephen Eaton Hume teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria. He has published three picture books: Midnight on the Farm, Rainbow Bay, and Red Moon Follows Truck. His children's novel A Miracle for Maggie, available from Dundurn,was nominated for the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year. He has also published the biography Frederick Banting: Hero, Healer, Artist for young people.
A Miracle for Maggie
Maggie Davis is a young girl who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia, near Halifax, when her beloved Uncle Nick is killed by diabetes. Maggieâ€™s father, a doctor, is greatly saddened by his brotherâ€™s death, and soon has to deal with his own daughterâ€™s diagnosis with the dread disease. Various remedies are tried, including starvation diet popular at the time, but nothing works and Maggieâ€™s condition worsens. Meanwhile, in Toronto, Banting and other doctors work night and day to perfect insulin. Will they succeed in time to save Maggie and thousands of others?
This is a must-read; the writing is magical and Nova Scotians will enjoy the picture of Chester long ago.
Eaton-Hume writes with passion about serious illness and covers a wide gamut of emotional responses, accurately reflecting teenage hope, despair and rebellion... With a storyteller's careful attention to detail, Eaton-Hume puts some very personal faces on the discovery of insulin.
This book was very emotional because it is based on a true story ... I recommend this wonderful book for grade four and up.