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Groundwood Books

Becca at Sea

Written by Deirdre Baker

For kids 9 - 12 years old | Published May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9780888997388
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

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Regular price $9.95 CAD

168 pages | 7.750 in × 5.250 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Becca at Sea

Deirdre Baker

“One girl’s winter, spring and summer of wonder and growth on a glorious northwest coast island.” — Kirkus

Becca has often gone with her parents to visit Gran at her rustic cabin by the sea. But this year Becca’s mother is expecting a baby, and Becca visits her grandmother on her own. The prospect of spending time at Gran’s — with her peculiar plumbing and ridiculous Scrabble rules — is hardly appealing.

Then, on her very first night, Becca finds an oyster full of pearls. One pearl for every adventure to come?

As her mother’s pregnancy progresses, Becca returns to the island again and again. And through a busy parade of visiting relatives — some welcome, some not — she faces the cacophony of the annual herring run in a leaky dinghy, is kissed by a seal, scales a cliff, sails a boat for the first time and goes skinny-dipping in a sea of luminescence. And by the time her parents arrive with the new baby, she realizes that adventures, and even friends to share them with, may have been right under her nose the whole time.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
>Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

About the Author

Deirdre Baker

Deirdre Baker has taught children's literature throughout Canada and the US, and currently teaches in the English department at the University of Toronto. She is the co-author (with Ken Setterington) of A Guide to Canadian Children's Books and is the author of various reviews and articles on children’s literature. Deirdre lives in Toronto, Ontario, but spends her summers on Hornby Island, the setting for Becca at Sea.

Awards and Praise

"Her dialogue is true-to-life, witty, and intelligent...With a lovingly depicted island setting that readers will yearn to visit, this funny, endearing book should find a wide audience." — Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

"This wonderful novel is reminiscent of Lucy Maud Montgomery at her finest - episodic yet energetic, and rich in brilliant characterization and incident. Baker's characters leap off the page with dialogue that is both weird and believable." — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007
  • Commended Horn Book Mind the Gap Awards, 2008
  • Winner CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Selection), 2008