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Groundwood Books

Mary Ann Alice

Written by Brian Doyle

For students in grades 4 - 8 | Published September 01, 2001 | ISBN 9781554980246

Cover of Mary Ann Alice

Regular price $9.95 CAD

168 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Mary Ann Alice

Brian Doyle

Winner of the IODE National Chapter Award, and a Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List selection

In this brillant and poetic novel, Brian Doyle returns to the Gatineau River near Ottawa, the world of his novels Up to Low and Uncle Ronald.

Mary Ann Alice McCrank was named for the pretty church bell in the steeple of St. Martin's Church in the Martindale. She has the soul of a poet and Mickey McGuire Jr. is in love with her. Mary Ann Alice is passionately interested in many things, especially the geology of her part of the world. Her teacher, the wonderful Patchy Drizzle, shares her passion for rocks and fossils, many of which can be found along the river and in caves under the famous Paugan Falls.

But a new project to dam the river at Low places rocks, fossils, falls as well as many farms in danger. The dam must go ahead. And, as with much technological change, it brings both benefits and tragedies to the community.

About the Author

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle is the award-winning author of many beloved children's books. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Sask. Book Awards - Children's Literature, 2002
  • Winner IODE National Chapter Award, 2002
  • Winner Leishman Prize, 2002
  • Winner Riverbank Review Children's Books w/ Distinction, 2003