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Through the Gate

Winner of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2020

Canada’s West Coast history comes alive in this classic, fun, coming-of-age story.

Fifteen-year-old Elsie stumbles onto the scene at her new job—serving the affluent Dunsmuir family in Craigdarroch Castle alongside her widowed mother. Elsie feels her future has never been so bleak. Feeling trapped in her new life, she uncovers a hidden talent for acting that catapults her to the forefront of the family’s parties. But when she discovers an audience of one with a Chinese male servant, it threatens any plans she has to escape the castle.

Important places

Craigdarroch Castle (1)
Victoria (81)


British Columbia (903)


Canada (8,082)

Other geographical areas

Vancouver Island (45)