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The Auction

Written by Jan Andrews

Illustrated by Karen Reczuch

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888998422
  • 8.880" x 9.310"
  • Reading age from 4 to 8
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm Life


Publication Date September 01, 2007

Hurt and angry that his grandfather is selling the family farm, Todd has come to help him prepare for the auction that will take place the following day. What starts out as a sad occasion becomes happy as the two share the stories of the old days when Grandfather created the farm out of the prairie. The Auction is a beautiful and moving story about coming to grips with loss and change.

Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 1990


Jan Andrews
Jan Andrews is a well-known author and storyteller who has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award three times. She has written books that have become classics, including Very Last First Time (illustrated by Ian Wallace), The Auction (illustrated by Karen Reczuch) and Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World (illustrated by Simon Ng). She is the founding president of the Storytellers of Canada and has performed at festivals and in concert throughout Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia and England.

Karen Reczuch
Karen Reczuch has illustrated many children's books, including The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General's Award Finalist, Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, which was shortlisted for the IODE (National Chapter) Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, The Story of Life on Earth, which was shortlisted for the Science in Society Children's Book Award and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize for illustrated children's literature. She lives in Acton, Ontario.


"...contains a gentle message...Readers will approach this book on different levels; the child may enjoy it simply for its pictures and for the feeling of warmth between the grandfather and his grandson. An adult will appreciate the deeper philosophy involved." Winnipeg Free Press