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Boy of the Deeps

Written by Ian Wallace

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888996602
  • 7.800" x 10.600"
  • Reading age from 6 to 9
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General


Publication Date April 01, 2005

A Smithsonian Notable Children's Book

James is following his father's footsteps, and today for the first time he will descend deep into the caves below the Atlantic Ocean to begin to learn the coal miner's work. But a sudden calamity puts James and his father in terrible danger. Only by working together can they escape.

Beautifully illustrated in an Edward Hopper style, Boy of the Deeps is a tribute to the generations of miners who have endangered their lives underground to supply us with energy.

Winner of the Smithsonian Notable Children's Book 1999

Short-listed for the Hackmatack Award 2001

Long-listed for the Ruth Schwartz Award 1999


Ian Wallace
Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing such classics as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Huron Carol, Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.


Star Review

"Wallace' will appeal to more serious children, and anyone who appreciates that rare combination of fine writing and illustration." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

"This is a book of quiet and grave beauty" Globe and Mail

"Wallace expertly manipulates light and shadow in his effectively textured, acrylic-on-canvas paintings, which offer a lifelike depiction of this timeless subterranean world." Publishers Weekly