Groundwood Books

From There to Here

Written by Laurel Croza • Illustrated by Matt James

For readers 4 - 7 years old | Published 2014-42- | ISBN 9781554983667
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

Cover of From There to Here

Regular price $16.95 CAD

36 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

From There to Here

Laurel Croza • Matt James

A little girl and her family have just moved across the country by train. Their new neighborhood in the city of Toronto is very different from their home in the Saskatchewan bush, and at first everything about “there” seems better than “here.”

The little girl’s dad has just finished building a dam across the Saskatchewan River, and his new project is to build a highway through Toronto. In Saskatchewan, he would come home for lunch every day, but now he doesn’t come until supper. The family used to love to look at the stars, and the northern lights dancing in the night sky. But in the city, all they can see is the glare from the streetlights. All the kids used to run and play together, but now older brother Doug has his own friends.

Then one day there is a knock on the door. It is Anne, who lives kitty-corner and is also eight, going on nine, and suddenly living in Toronto takes on a whole new light.

Laurel Croza and Matt James have beautifully captured the voice and intense feelings of a young child who, in the midst of upheaval, finds hope in her new surroundings.

About the Creators

Laurel Croza

Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child, moving nine times and attending six schools before she was fourteen. Her experiences inspired her stunningly successful first picture book, I Know Here, illustrated by Matt James. Laurel lives with her family in Toronto. Visit Laurel Croza's website:

Matt James

Matt James is a noted painter, a multiple award-winning illustrator and a musician. He lives in Toronto. Visit Matt James' website:

Awards and Praise
James’s naive style has an infectious, unfettered energy. Croza’s spare text captures the narrator’s feelings of displacement with poetic immediacy.
  • Commended Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2014
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 2015
  • Short-listed Silver Birch Express Award, 2015
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2015