The Baby Project
Written by Sarah Ellis
Publication Date April 01, 2009
Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
Jessica knew that the family meeting Dad had called for that evening probably wouldn't be good news. Family meetings usually meant Mum talking a lot and then the whole family getting involved in some project that left everything in a mess until they gradually forgot about it.
But at school that day, Jessica forgot about the meeting. A teacher announced a new class project: They were to choose partners, pick an animal to study and present a paper. Jessica's partner would be her best friend, Margaret. And so it was Margaret whom Jessica called with the tremendous news from the family meeting: Mum was pregnant. Margaret was nearly as excited as Jessica, and very quickly the two of them decided that instead of studying the duck-billed platypus for the school project, they would study babies. But all their reading, discussions and research did not prepare Jessica or her family for the drastic changes baby Lucie would bring to their lives.
Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 1986
Sarah Ellis is the author of sixteen books for young readers, including The Baby Project and Odd Man Out. She has won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Violet Downey Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese. She is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine and was recently writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library.
In 2013 Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, children’s literature’s richest prize. She was also honored with the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
Sarah teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
"[The Baby Project] sails far above the adolescent tragedy sub-genre. It is primarily a book of joy - wise and delightfully funny in equal parts." Globe and Mail
"Ellis offers a realistic and instructive portrait of an ordinary family trying to make sense of an event that defies sense." Amazon.ca
"This book is one of the most appealing and moving family stories to come along in ages." Horn Book
"This is a sometimes fun and funny book, a sometimes sad and moving one. It is smart, lively and unwilling to sidestep the hurtful or awkward or mean in how realitives get alone - and don't." San Francisco Chronicle