Groundwood Books

Away

Written by Emil Sher • Illustrated by Qin Leng

For students in grades K - 2 | Published April 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554984831
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 8.5 in × 10.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Away

Emil Sher • Qin Leng

Love shines through in the sticky notes shared between a mother and daughter in this picture book about making time for family in the midst of our busy lives.

Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and daughter don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add to that a little girl’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her daughter’s nerves. A visit from her grandmother helps to calm her fears and convince her that she’ll have a good time, even away from her mother and beloved cat. Camp ends up being a wonderful adventure – but nothing is sweeter than a back-at-home reunion.

Qin Leng’s watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement to Emil Sher’s simple text. This nuanced story about a parent and child’s unconventional way of connecting is full of humor and affection. Young readers will enjoy spotting Lester the cat as he paws his way into the story.

About the Creators

Emil Sher

Emil writes prose and plays for the young and the once-were-young. His first young adult novel, Young Man with Camera, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and was a CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Honour Book. Other works include Mittens to Share, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, and two board books called A Button Story and A Pebble Story. Emil is a laureate of the 2014 K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature and a gold medal at the New York International Festival. Emil has written acclaimed stage adaptations of Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine and The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown. He lives in Toronto.

Qin Leng

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and received the APALA Award for best picture book. Her most recent books include The Better Tree Fort by Jessica Scott Kerrin as well as Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, which were both selected for USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2017
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year, 2018
  • Commended Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2018
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018
  • Commended Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books, 2017
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