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Groundwood Books

The Secret Life of Owen Skye

Written by Alan Cumyn

For students in grades 3 - 6 | Published May 01, 2008 | ISBN 9780888998675
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

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Regular price $9.95 CAD

176 pages | 7.630 in × 5.000 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

The Secret Life of Owen Skye

Alan Cumyn

Winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

Owen Skye is skinny and quiet and has big ears. He does everything (just about) his older brother, Andy, says, while trying to stay one step ahead of little brother Leonard, who has now started school and is becoming smart at an alarming pace. The Skye brothers live in a small rural village with their parents and weird Uncle Lorne, an eccentric and painfully shy bachelor who sleeps on a cot in the basement, takes out his teeth at night and embodies Owen's worst fears about becoming a grownup.

On his way home from hockey practice one evening, Owen catches a glimpse of a girl named Sylvia at her piano lesson, and he falls hopelessly in love. Thank goodness for life at home, where there are brothers to talk to and plot adventures with. Yet the Skye boys somehow have a knack for turning every innocent plan into a full-scale ordeal.

About the Author

Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn has written many highly acclaimed novels for both children and adults. His three Owen Skye books have won several major awards. The Secret Life of Owen Skye won the Mr. Christie's Award and was nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award and the Pacific Northwest Libraries Association Young Readers Choice Award. After Sylvia was nominated for the TD Children's Literature Award, and Dear Sylvia was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year Award. Alan is also a two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award. Alan teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is currently chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

Awards and Praise

"With a zany style and deep insight into the secret lives of boys. This book is very funny and it would be a splendid read-aloud or read-alone choice." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

  • Long-listed Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Florida), 2004
  • Short-listed Ruth Schwartz Award, 2003
  • Winner Hackmatack Award, 2004
  • Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2004
  • Winner Mr. Christie's Book Award, 2003
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Text, 2002
  • Long-listed Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific NW Library Association), 2004