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Summer in the City

Written by Marie-Louise Gay

Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Written by David Homel

Series Title: Travels with My Family

  • 144 Pages
  • 9781554982004
  • Reading age from 7 to 10
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Situations)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / New Experience
  • JUVENILE FICTION

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Publication Date April 01, 2012

An OLA Best Bet for 2012

Charlie can't wait for school to be over. But he's wondering what particular vacation ordeal his parents have lined up for the family this summer. Canoeing with alligators in Okefenokee? Getting caught in the middle of a revolutionary shootout in Mexico? Or perhaps another trip abroad?

Turns out, this summer the family is staying put, in their hometown — Montreal, Canada. A "staycation," his parents call it. Charlie is doubtful at first but, ever resourceful, decides that there may be adventures and profit to be had in his own neighborhood.

And there are. A campout in the backyard brings him in contact with more than one kind of wildlife, a sudden summer storm floods the expressway, various pet-sitting gigs turn almost-disastrous, and a baseball game goes awry when various intruders storm the infield — from would-be medieval knights and an over-eager ice-cream vendor to a fly-ball-catching Doberman. Then of course there's looking after his little brother, Max, who is always a catastrophe-in-the-making.

Selected for the OLA Best Bet 2012

Contributors

Marie-Louise Gay
Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.

Marie-Louise Gay
Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.

David Homel
David Homel is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. He has won the Governor General's Award for translation, and the Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Jewish Public Library Award for fiction. His most recent novel is Midway. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Reviews

""An upbeat summer idyll likely to draw chuckles whether read alone or aloud."" Kirkus Book Reviews

""...this volume is made even livelier and more enjoyable by the numerous pen-and-ink/watercolour illustrations that have made Marie-Louise Gay such a recognized name in Canadian children's literature. "" Montreal Gazette

"Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel, both award-winning writers, have created a fast-paced, entertaining read, complete with amusing black-and-white illustrations, humorous stories and likeable protagonists." CCBN