Groundwood Books

Pure Spring

Written by Brian Doyle

For readers 11 - 14 years old | Published April 01, 2007 | ISBN 9780888997753
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

Cover of Pure Spring

Regular price $8.95 CAD

160 pages | 8.500 in × 5.630 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Pure Spring

Brian Doyle

In the sequel to the award-winning Boy O'Boy, it's spring in post-World War II Ottawa and Martin O'Boy has finally found a true home with Grampa Rip. Martin's also found a job, working for the Pure Spring soft drink company. Best of all, he's in love with beautiful Gerty McDowell.

But everything's not perfect. Martin lied to kindly Mr. Mirsky, Pure Spring's owner, to get the job. Grampa Rip's brain increasingly goes missing. There's that mysterious, yet oddly familiar, man in the park. There are also Martin's memories, the sudden appearance of famed Soviet defector Igor Gouzensko, and Martin's shady boss, Randy. And worst of all, Randy is robbing Gerty's grandfather, and he's forcing Martin to be his accomplice. Martin's happiness, sense of duty, and love for Gerty collide. Can he find his way through these dire developments?

Brian Doyle's fast-paced plot and vivid characterizations, along with the lively colloquial dialogue and period detail, create a rich historical portrait that confirms the author's place as a master storyteller.

About the Author

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008, 2008
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007