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Children's Fiction Adolescence

Angela's Glacier

by (author) Jordan Scott

illustrated by Diana Sudyka

Holiday House
Initial publish date
Jan 2024
Adolescence, Parents, Environment
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2024
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Award-winning author Jordan Scott’s luminously-illustrated love story of a girl growing up in the shadow of a glacier that’s always there to listen.

Angela listened to the glacier; the glacier listened to Angela.

As soon as she’s born, Angela’s father introduces her to her glacier. He carries her on his back up the icy expanse as the wind makes music of the snow and the water underneath. Over time, Angela gets big enough to walk beside him, and then, to go alone. She tells her glacier everything, and it answers.

But then, life gets busy. Angela’s days fill up with school, homework, violin and soccer and friends. Until one day, Angela’s heart doesn’t sound right anymore. Luckily, Angela’s dad is there to remind her what she needs: a visit to her ancient icy friend.

From the Schneider Family and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winning author of I Talk Like a River, Angela’s Glacier is a moving story about growing up without losing yourself, loving nature, and allowing it to love you in return. Diana Sudyka’s breathtaking artwork pulls the reader into a world of warm hugs from shining blue-green ice— and from Dad, too.

An afterword from the real Angela highlights the tragic threat climate change poses to our planet's frozen marvels.

About the authors

New Westminster, BC native Jordan Scott is a graduate student in creative writing at the University of Calgary. He has published several chapbooks, including A Walking History of Wladyslaw's Body In Parts and Mere Mismemory. His work has also appeared in Matrix, Filling Station, and other journals. He lives in Calgary.

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Editorial Reviews

★ "A magnificently executed story."Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

★ "A first purchase for picture book collections, this book is an enchanting homage to the natural world and the importance of being true to ourselves."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

★ "Sudyka’s atmospheric gouache watercolors capture the stunning beauty of the enormous glacier. . . . A lovingly rendered natural picture-book wonder."—Booklist, Starred Review

★ "A deeply felt portrait of nature. . ."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Sudyka’s contrasting, often translucent watercolors balance the cool swaths of blues and greens across the face of the glacier with lines etched across its frozen surface. . . . Scott’s narrative uncovers the healing, centering power of nature and reciprocity of care between humankind and the natural world."The Horn Book

"A warmhearted ode to the colder side of the natural world." —BookPage

"A gentle story about how a bond with nature can transform one’s life; it may inspire readers to engage with their own surroundings."—Kirkus Reviews

"Sudyka’s watercolor and gouache illustrations easily convey an appreciation for the emotional qualities of the natural world, a feeling echoed by Scott’s sensitive and evocative prose."The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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