The Migration of Robyn Birchwood


193 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-921054-75-0
DDC jC813'.54





Reviewed by Lori McLeod

Lori McLeod is a librarian with the Toronto Public Library.


A year after the death of her husband in an automobile accident, Claire
Birchwood decides that she and her 10-year-old daughter, Robyn, need a
change in their lives. Mrs. Birchwood accepts a job in Regina,
Saskatchewan, and puts their Prince Edward Island farmhouse up for sale.
Robyn cannot bear to leave behind her dearest friend, Trilby, her secret
places, and her memories of her father. Her friend Sam, a potter, offers
Robyn some advice, telling her that it is time to “see what else there

Shortly after her arrival in Regina, Robyn meets Andrew, who is also
from Eastern Canada. Andrew shares Robyn’s love of nature. Robyn also
finds a friend in Andrew’s older sister, Jennifer, who is blind due to
a horseback-riding accident. Slowly, Robyn learns to accept her new

The plot may not sound like a new one, but this book is very well
written. Robyn is a likable character. The reader empathizes with her
situation. The book will appeal especially to those with an interest in
nature. For ages 9 to 12.


Richardson, Gillian., “The Migration of Robyn Birchwood,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024,