Groundwood Books

Summer in the City

Written by Marie-Louise Gay • Written by David Homel • Written by David Homel

For kids 7 - 10 years old | Published April 01, 2012 | ISBN 9781554982004
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General

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144 pages
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About this book

Summer in the City

Travels with My Family

Marie-Louise Gay • David Homel • David Homel

An OLA Best Bet for 2012

Charlie can't wait for school to be over. But he's wondering what particular vacation ordeal his parents have lined up for the family this summer. Canoeing with alligators in Okefenokee? Getting caught in the middle of a revolutionary shootout in Mexico? Or perhaps another trip abroad?

Turns out, this summer the family is staying put, in their hometown. Montreal, Canada. A "staycation," his parents call it. Charlie is doubtful at first but, ever resourceful, decides that there may be adventures and profit to be had in his own neighborhood.

And there are. A campout in the backyard brings him in contact with more than one kind of wildlife, a sudden summer storm floods the expressway, various pet-sitting gigs turn almost-disastrous, and a baseball game goes awry when various intruders storm the infield — from would-be medieval knights and an over-eager ice-cream vendor to a fly-ball-catching Doberman. Then of course there's looking after his little brother, Max, who is always a catastrophe-in-the-making.

About the Creators

Marie-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s awards and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal. Visit Marie-Louise Gay's website: Visit Marie-Louise Gay's blog:

David Homel

Born and raised in Chicago, David Homel is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

David Homel

David Homel is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. He has won the Governor General's Award for translation, and the Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Jewish Public Library Award for fiction. His most recent novel is The Fledglings. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Awards and Praise
"An upbeat summer idyll likely to draw chuckles whether read alone or aloud."
  • Commended OLA Best Bet, 2012