Margaret Weeks Adair
Finnish North American Literature Association
Margaret Weeks Adair was born in Portland, Oregon. She attended Oregon State
University and earned her degree from San Jose State College of Education,
California. She has worked as an Army Nurse, taught school, worked with children
as playground instructor, puppet groups and theatre groups.
A Far Voice Calling. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1964.
This engaging children's novel is set in a Finnish fisherman's colony along the
Columbia River in Oregon. Young Toivo whose mother has died lives alone with
his father on a houseboat. He comes across what he thinks is a drowning seal,
but eventually he discovers that it is a baby sea lion. He nurtures the young
animal until it grows to adolescence, but when it is blamed for devastating fish
populations in the fish-dependent economy, he is forced to set it free in the wild.
While Toivo does not want to send his friend away, the problem is that the sea
lion won't stay away.
With the worsening economy, Toivo's father wishes to return to Finland, but a
surprise from an unanticipated source solves the problems for all three, the sea
lion, young Toivo and his father.