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Groundwood Books

Becca at Sea

Written by Deirdre Baker

For students in grades 4 - 7 | Published May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781773061702
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

168 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

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 U.S. and currently teaches in the English department at the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
Becca at Sea is a charming little story, beautifully written. Some of the passages are almost lyrical. The novel embodies innocence, understanding, compassion, morality, and humour. The scenes are skillfully drawn, and Becca's family is a real joy.
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Selection), 2008
  • Commended Horn Book Mind the Gap Awards, 2008
  • Winner CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007