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Summer in the City

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Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children's books. She has a long and stellar list of major awards to her credit, including two Governor General's awards, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award. She has also been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She is best known for her Stella and Sam books, which have been published in more than fifteen languages. Born and raised in Chicago, David Homel is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist and translator. He is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award for translation, and the author of six novels, including The Speaking Cure (winner of the Hugh Maclennan Prize and the Jewish Public Library Award for fiction) and, most recently, Midway (described by the Globe and Mail as "finely crafted, intelligent and moving").


"Summer in the City works as an easy transition for kids making the step up from picture books."--Quill and Quire ..".this volume is made even livelier and more enjoyable by the numerous pen-and-ink/watercolour illustrations that have made Marie-Louise Gay such a recognized name in Canadian children's literature."--Montreal Gazette "An upbeat summer idyll likely to draw chuckles whether read alone or aloud."--Kirkus "Was this supposed to be a change? No way. We lived here every day of the year. I knew every detail by heart . . . A vacation means going, not staying." -- from the book

Gr 3-5-In this sequel to Travels with My Family (2006) and On the Road Again (2008, both Groundwood), Charlie and Max won't be taking any exotic trips this year. Or so they think. When their parents announce that they will have a "stay-cation" in their hometown of Montreal, Charlie is disappointed. As it turns out, though, he has lots of adventures right in his own backyard, from a camp-out gone bust thanks to a frightened skunk, to surviving the storm of the century. Add the responsibility of watching over his pesky little brother, who has a penchant for wandering off when something new catches his eye, and Charlie finds that summer in the city is fun after all. Readers will be amused by his wiseacre remarks and wry view of the world. This title is suitable for those graduating from early readers to short chapter books, and it is a good summertime escape.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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