Shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award
Young Becca has often gone with her parents to visit her grandmother at her rustic cabin in the Gulf Islands. But this year her mother is expecting a baby, and Becca is sent alone for the first time.
The island becomes a place of mystery and challenges when, on the very first night, she finds an oyster full of pearls. That marks the beginning of small but significant adventures that leave her seeing the island, her family and herself through new eyes.
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.
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.
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.
...a fun, old-fashioned family story...
...easy-to-read...readers will enjoy reading about Becca and her adventures. Recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.