Groundwood Books


Written by Martine Leavitt

For readers 12 years old | Published November 15, 2015 | ISBN 9781554987207
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Mental Illness

Cover of Calvin

Regular price $14.95 CAD

184 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book


Martine Leavitt

Winner of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature — Text

In the town of Leamington, Ontario, a seventeen-year-old boy is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode and wakes up in hospital. The boy’s name is Calvin, and he is plagued by hallucinations.

As the hallucinations persist, Calvin comes to believe that the answer lies in performing one grand and incredible gesture.

And so he decides to walk across Lake Erie. In January. The temperatures have been below freezing for weeks. The ice should hold...

The lake, it turns out, is more marvelous, and more treacherous, than Calvin had ever imagined — populated by abandoned cars (joy ride!), ice-fishing eccentrics, psychokiller snow beings, and a not-so-mythical sea witch named Jenny Greenteeth.

Not to mention the man-eating tiger that looms just out of his sight lines as he treks.

But the biggest surprise of all is that Calvin finds himself accompanied by Susie, the girl of his dreams. Or is it his dreams that have conjured up Susie?

Part romance, part adventure story, part quest novel, Martine Leavitt brings her inimitable gentle wit, humor and compassion to a story about a teenaged boy struggling to gain control of his own mind and destiny.

About the Author

Martine Leavitt

Martine Leavitt has written ten novels for young-adult readers, including the following: Calvin, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, longlisted for the Printz Award and selected for the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list; My Book of Life by Angel, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award; Keturah and Lord Death, finalist for the National Book Award; Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award; and Heck Superhero, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and China. She teaches graduate students in a low-residency program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in High River, Alberta.

Awards and Praise
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Text, 2016
  • Commended YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2016
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, 2016
  • Short-listed White Pine Award, 2017
  • Commended IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, 2017
  • Commended Shelf Awareness Best YA Books of the Year, 2015
  • Commended OLA Top Ten Best Bets, 2016