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  • The Max and Greta Ebel Award 1990

  • Shortlisted for the City of Dartmouth Fiction Award 1990

  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 1990, 1991

  • Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award 1992


Loren has lived his whole life on Windward Island but high school is on the mainland. A lighthouse keeper’s son, he cannot face the thought of leaving, but the light is to be automated and there is no future for him on the island now. His friend, Caleb, a fisherman’s son, faces the same choice, for the fish have gone.

When a yacht pulls into the Windward Island harbour, the boys’ problems escalate. On the yacht is April--sullen, sophisticated and unhappy at being forced to spend the summer away from her own world and friends.

As the boys clash over their feelings for April and for the future of the island itself, their lifelong friendship seems about to crumble. It takes a near-tragic accident at sea to bring the three young people together and help Loren recognize the path he must take.

Kids Can Press, 1989


Canadian Children’s Literature

Windward Island is nothing short of excellent.”

Quill & Quire

“ with the timeless aspirations, fears, jealousies, and problems of young people growing up in a way that is at once immediate and engaging, but honest and unpatronizing...Bradford has an easy and unforced ear for the dialogue of the young.”