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Becca at Sea

by Deirdre Baker

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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: May 2018
ISBN:9780888997388
Description

Shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award

Becca has often gone with her parents to visit Gran at her rustic cabin by the sea. But this year Becca’s mother is expecting a baby, and Becca visits her grandmother on her own. The prospect of spending time at Gran’s — with her peculiar plumbing and ridiculous Scrabble rules — is hardly appealing.

Then, on her very first night, Becca finds an oyster full of pearls. One pearl for every adventure to come?

As her mother’s pregnancy progresses, Becca returns to the island again and again. And through a busy parade of visiting relatives — some welcome, some not — she faces the cacophony of the annual herring run in a leaky dinghy, is kissed by a seal, scales a cliff, sails a boat for the first time and goes skinny-dipping in a sea of luminescence. And by the time her parents arrive with the new baby, she realizes that adventures, and even friends to share them with, may have been right under her nose the whole time.

About the Author

Deirdre Baker has taught children's literature throughout Canada and the US, and currently teaches in the English department at the University of Toronto. She is the co-author (with Ken Setterington) of A Guide to Canadian Children's Books and is the author of various reviews and articles on children’s literature. Deirdre lives in Toronto, Ontario, but spends her summers on Hornby Island, the setting for Becca at Sea.

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Contributor Notes

Deirdre Baker has taught children's literature throughout Canada and the US, and currently teaches in the English department at the University of Toronto. She is the co-author (with Ken Setterington) of A Guide to Canadian Children's Books and is the author of various reviews and articles on children’s literature. Deirdre lives in Toronto, Ontario, but spends her summers on Hornby Island, the setting for Becca at Sea.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Selection)
  • Commended, Horn Book Mind the Gap Awards
  • Winner, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List
Editorial Reviews

To call Becca at Sea a rite-of-passage novel is to diminish its subtlety. It is really a much richer creature than that, a beautifully paced, perfectly pitched narrative in the voice of a girl caught in the eddy between babyhood and teenage-hood, one that delineates the subtle ripening of self in the midst of fully fleshed family members and friends.

— Globe and Mail

Her dialogue is true-to-life, witty, and intelligent...With a lovingly depicted island setting that readers will yearn to visit, this funny, endearing book should find a wide audience.

— Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

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.

— Kirkus Reviews

Baker's dialogue is true-to-life, witty, and intelligent, and the setting is lovingly depicted. This funny, endearing book should find a wide audience.

— Metro Kids Delaware

Becca at Sea is a charming little story, beautifully written. Some of the passages are almost lyrical. The novel embodies innocence, understanding, compassion, morality, and humour. The scenes are skillfully drawn, and Becca's family is a real joy.

— CM Magazine

This wonderful novel is reminiscent of Lucy Maud Montgomery at her finest - episodic yet energetic, and rich in brilliant characterization and incident. Baker's characters leap off the page with dialogue that is both weird and believable.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

...easy-to-read...readers will enjoy reading about Becca and her adventures. Recommended.

— Library Media Connection

...a fun, old-fashioned family story...

— School Library Journal

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Becca at Sea

As her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby, Becca goes to Gran’s cottage where she finds herself learning how to shuck oysters, make jam, turn compost and grow a garden. During her stay with grandma, Becca soon realizes that she yearns for something more. Becca wants to make things happen. After all, she will soon be a big sister and not the baby of the family.

Becca soon finds herself swept away by one thrilling and startling adventure after another. She is kissed by a seal, saves her family from a burning house, and swims all the way around Camas Island. It is through these adventurous journeys that Becca learns a lot about herself and what it is like to become an independent and confident person.

Becca at Sea is a delightful fiction full of suspense and adventure. Author Deirdre Baker is a remarkable storyteller who uses unique literary devices and techniques which create meaning and images through language. It is through her distinctive writing style that the reader is able to gain a deeper understanding of the story. Divided into manageable chapters, the book is an easy read. The gripping escapades compel the reader to continue reading as Becca takes them from one exciting exploration to the next.

Becca at Sea is more than an enlightening story of a young girl growing up through adventures of the sea and outdoors. It is a book about the significance of family and friendship and is highly recommended for any school library.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Becca at Sea

As her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby back home, Becca goes to Gran’s cottage and finds herself unexpectedly changed by adventures large and small.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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