About this book
Becca at Sea
Shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award
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.
About the Author
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
- Commended Horn Book Mind the Gap Awards, 2008
- Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Selection), 2008
- Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007
- Winner CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007