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Catch Me Once, Catch Me Twice

TitleCatch Me Once, Catch Me Twice
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsMcNaughton, Janet Elizabeth
CityToronto, Canada
ISBN Number0773674497
DescriptorsCommunity; English Language; Families; Friendship; Historical Fiction; Newfoundland and Labrador; Novel; Pregnancy; Second World War; St. John's; War; Young Adult

This young adult historical novel, set in 1942 in St. John's, Newfoundland, is the first book about Evelyn McCallum who moves to the city to live with her grandparents while her father is fighting in World War Two and her mother is suffering a difficult pregnancy. She has trouble adapting to her new home but as time goes on, Evelyn makes friends and creates a place for herself within the community. She ultimately comes to a deeper understanding of herself and her own strengths. McNaughton includes vivid descriptions of St. John's, Newfoundland, where she resides.


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Set in St. John’s, Newfoundland during World War II, Catch Me Once, Catch Me Twice follows Evelyn, a young girl who has just moved to the city to live with her grandparents after her father decided to go to war. Ev is having trouble adjusting to living with her strict grandmother, as she is unable to meet her grandmother’s expectations of a young lady. Things take a turn for the worst when Ev’s father is declared missing in action. Lost and lonely, Ev cannot even confide her concerns in her mother, who is consumed by depression and the stress of a difficult pregnancy. At school, Ev does not have any friends, and is often bullied by Letty and Doris, two of her classmates. Ev eventually befriends Peter, a boy in her class disabled from disease, and the two become fast friends. Peter and Ev begin to spend a lot of time together, and one day the two have a mysterious encounter with fairies. Ev’s experience convinces her that she must find the fairies again to help her find her father, but can Peter overcome his fear of fairy myths to help his friend? Catch Me Once, Catch Me Twice is a young adult historical fiction, and is told from the third-person, omniscient.


"But Ev barely heard his words, for at last she could move. She turned and ran as fast as she could from the roofless building, into a hard, cold rain. She almost stumbled over Peter who was sitting on a stone, his hands covering his head.
“Peter!” she cried. He was rain-soaked and his clothes were streaked with mud.
Peter raised his head, astonished. A moment before he had been alone. He stood and put his arms around her, pressing her to his wet jacket. He noticed two things: she did not resist his touch, nestling thankfully under his chin, and, although it had been raining for at least an hour, she was completely dry." (79)

"For no reason he could name, his thoughts drifted back to Dr. McCallum’s fine, big house where he had been yesterday afternoon, and his classmate Evelyn. She was tall and awkward, always late for everything, her uniform askew, her dark, curly hair falling into her eyes. She might be halfway pretty if she’d laugh or smile. But Peter suddenly realized, in two months since school started, he had not seen her smile once.
He supposed he ought to envy a girl like that anyway, living in such a house. He didn’t. She seemed lost. She had some friends, if someone like Letty Winsor could be called a friend, but she was still the only other person in the class who was as out of place as Peter. He might have taken some comfort in that, looking down on her. He couldn’t. In spite of the big house full of people, she seemed alone. It wasn’t likely he could ever get close to her, the differences between them being what they were, but he would have been happy to look out for her, to be her friend." (30)