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Children's Fiction Friendship

48 Grasshopper Estates

by (author) Sara de Waal

illustrated by Erika Medina

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Friendship, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, City & Town Life
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


A little girl uses imagination and inventiveness to spread friendship through her community. But will she find a friend of her own?

Whether it’s a supersonic sandwich maker or a twelve-tailed dragon, Sicily Bridges can make almost anything from materials she finds around her apartment complex. But when it comes to making friends, Sicily has yet to find the perfect fit. With a diverse cast of characters brought to life by illustrator Erika Medina, Sara de Waal’s whimsical debut emphasizes the power of imagination and finding companionship where you least expect it.

About the authors

SARA DE WAAL is a writer from Abbotsford, British Columbia. When she is not writing, she teaches music and art, telling stories with her students through colors and notes as well as words.    

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ERIKA MEDINA is a Mexican illustrator and art instructor living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is interested in storytelling, myths and legends, and scary stories.

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  • Nominated, 48 Grasshopper Estates Blue Spruce Award

Editorial Reviews

“This is a touching story about imagination and compassion that belongs in most collections, for read-alouds or for emerging readers.” 

School Library Journal, 04/30/21

“De Waal’s story is well supported by Erica Medina’s illustrations, which bring the culturally diverse and intergenerational Grasshopper Estates neighborhood to life. This is sure to be a read and re-read.” 

The Banner, 07/27/21

“Full of imagination.” 

Book Time, 04/11/21

“De Waal’s rhythmic prose and cyclical storytelling are delightful, and Medina’s energetic characters and warm palette are charming . . . A cute meet-cute.” 

Kirkus Reviews, 12/25/20

“Author Sara de Waal ticks all the right boxes with her story of imaginative play and friendship . . . This self-confidence of childhood exploits is affirmed by Erika Medina’s illustrations of diverse and engaged characters.”

CanLit for Little Canadians, 05/28/21

“This whimsical picture book emphasizes the power of imagination, spreading kindness, and fining friendship.”

Best Books for Kids and Teens, *starred review, Fall/21

“A great picture book text with several applications—making friends, creating things to give away, and being a ‘maker.’”

Library Lady’a Kid Lit, 05/01/21

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