BECCA AT SEA by Deirdre Baker


Age Range: 9 - 12
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A pre-teen visits her grandmother on an island off the coast of British Columbia and learns to appreciate nature, her family and herself. When Becca spends several weeks in February with eccentric Gran at her island home, they have swell adventures hunting for oysters by flashlight, sleeping on the beach and sailing an inflatable boat that nearly capsizes while they watch seals and sea lions. When Becca returns in May to plant Gran’s garden, she manages to find the way home when her bossy older cousins get lost. Becca returns to the island in August and makes blackberry jelly with her aunt, swims under the stars with cousins, rescues a baby seal, resurrects Gran’s garden and saves the house from a chimney fire. After her parents arrive with a new baby sister and the family gathers to celebrate, it’s clear Becca’s changed—she’s now old enough to swim around the island and she’s not the youngest cousin any more. Baker captures the fun as well as frustration of one girl’s winter, spring and summer of wonder and growth on a glorious northwest coast island. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-88899-737-1
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Groundwood
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2007