Boy of the Deeps
Written by Ian Wallace
Publication Date April 01, 2005
A Smithsonian Notable Children's Book
James is following his father's footsteps, and today for the first time he will descend deep into the caves below the Atlantic Ocean to begin to learn the coal miner's work. But a sudden calamity puts James and his father in terrible danger. Only by working together can they escape.
Beautifully illustrated in an Edward Hopper style, Boy of the Deeps is a tribute to the generations of miners who have endangered their lives underground to supply us with energy.
Winner of the Smithsonian Notable Children's Book 1999
Short-listed for the Hackmatack Award 2001
Long-listed for the Ruth Schwartz Award 1999
Ian Wallace is one of Canada’s best-known children’s book creators. Over a long and distinguished career he has published many picture-book classics, including Boy of the Deeps and Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. His illustrations for Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Just So Stories have each received three starred reviews.
Ian has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, among others. He has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
"Wallace's...work will appeal to more serious children, and anyone who appreciates that rare combination of fine writing and illustration." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
"This is a book of quiet and grave beauty" Globe and Mail
"Wallace expertly manipulates light and shadow in his effectively textured, acrylic-on-canvas paintings, which offer a lifelike depiction of this timeless subterranean world." Publishers Weekly