Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
Eleven-year-old Edie Jasmine Snow has one "perfect" thirteen-year-old sister, two loving parents, a cat named Dusty, a grandmother she suspects is a witch, and a grandfather who insists on calling her Albert.
Framed by family summer vacations at the lake, All-Season Edie follows Edie through a tumultuous year in which her beloved grandfather becomes ill. In the face of family tragedy, Edie tries to practice witchcraft, learns to dance the flamenco, meets the Greek god Zeus doing his Christmas shopping at the mall, ruins the most important party of her sister's life and realizes that her family is both completely strange and absolutely normal.
About the author
Annabel Lyon is the author of two books of adult fiction, Oxygen and The Best Thing For You. All-Season Edie is her first work for children. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
- Commended, CCBC Best Books
- Commended, OLA Best Bets
Excerpt: All-Season Edie (by (author) Annabel Lyon)
We're hot and red-faced and breathless and when we see Dexter we both start to laugh.
"You too, Dexter," Mean Megan says. "You have to dance too."
I say, "Dex too."
Maybe Dexter is too stunned to say no, because she starts making her pretty swan movements while I snap my fingers and stomp my feet and Megan grooves and swerves her head around and makes her hip-hop moves. Mom and Dad stand in the doorway of the den, watching us and saying nothing.
"Subtle, sad, and hilarious, it has a wonderful way with words and features characters that stick."
Quill & Quire
"An engrossing pre-teen novel."
The Vancouver Sun
"An effortless read, an honest and beautiful book."
The Globe and Mail
"This debut children's book by an author best known for adult short stories gets the preteen voice perfectly."
"It is fun to read Edie's witty language."
"Astonishingly fresh...has the classic flavor of Ramona and Beezus, as if they had hit middle school and met the new millennium."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A fun book to read...Would fit well into any school or classroom library."