Groundwood Books

Becca Fair and Foul

Written by Deirdre Baker

For students in grades 4 - 7 | Published May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781554989591
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Marine Life

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

184 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

Becca Fair and Foul

Deirdre Baker

When eleven-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother’s rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself seeing her beloved island in new ways. A hunting owl mistakes a bobbing ponytail for prey. A cozy sleepover on the beach takes on the tinges of a nightmare when a family of river otters shows up to claim their territory. An argument between a nestbound baby eaglet and its haranguing mother reaches operatic dimensions. Becca finds a dead bear on the beach and helps to give it a burial at sea.

Then there are dramas of the human variety. Aunt Meg is grieving over a miscarriage, and Aunt Clare’s medical work in Africa has brought on a sadness that even the love of family and the island’s beauty can’t cure. And there is the burning question of whether Aunt Fifi and the local plumber will ever become an item, and would that mean losing the only plumber on the island?

Meanwhile, cousin Alicia claims to be too old to participate in the kids’ summer project — a performance of The Tempest, a play that seems to find unsettling echoes in the natural surroundings Becca thought she knew so well.


The bear’s legs and paws were stretched out as if it had flopped down to relax on the beach.

But, Becca thought, it wasn’t relaxed. It was completely — she couldn’t even think of a word. Helpless? And so alone! It looked utterly dependent on the kindness of strangers for respectful treatment.

And it had a face. That was bothersome, really …

“It doesn’t seem right to leave it on the beach,” Becca said, even though part of her wanted to walk away and never come back …

“We should bury it,” she said. “We should give it a decent burial.”

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
There is more to this seemingly quiet account of a young girl's seaside summer than meets the eye, including some fairly adventurous hijinks and occasional meaningful issues with which to cope.