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Mavis and Merna

Written by Ian Wallace

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888996473
  • 8.500" x 11.000"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Death & Dying
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Friendship


Publication Date March 03, 2005

Winner of the IODE Toronto Chapter Jean Troop Book Award and the IODE Violet Downey Award

Merna and Joe Gully are the owners of the busiest store in Fortune's Cove. Mavis is a young girl who loves everything about the store and dreams of buying all the wonderful things she sees But then Joe dies suddenly and Merna closes the store, sparking rumors that she has inherited a fortune.

So, one fall night, Mavis sneaks across town to the Gully house to see if she can spot evidence of these supposed riches. Instead of finding money, she finds a lifelong friendship

This poignant story of loss and the healing power of friendship is Ian Wallace at his finest.

Winner of the IODE Toronto Chapter Jean Troop Book Award 2005

Selected for the CCBC Our Choice 2007


Ian Wallace

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.


"...a great addition to a school or public library." Resource Links

"...a testament to the healing power of friendship...a quality picture book from a firmly established talent." Quill & Quire

"...many children will enjoy the portrayal of spirited, unsentimental friendship across generations." Booklist

"An old-fashioned flavor permeates this unique story..." School Library Journal

"The intergenerational friendship between the two characters is free from sentimentality, and Wallace adds a wry sense of humour to the touching story. The watercolour illustrations evoke the maritime setting." Canadian Children's Literature - CBRA