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Catching Spring

by Sylvia Olsen

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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: April 2004
ISBN:9781551432984
Description

The year is 1957, and Bobby lives on the Tsartlip First Nation reserve on Vancouver Island where his family has lived for generations and generations. He loves his weekend job at the nearby marina. He loves to play marbles with his friends. And he loves being able to give half his weekly earnings to his mother to eke out the grocery money, but he longs to enter the up-coming fishing derby. With the help of his uncle and Dan from the marina his wish just might come true.

About the Author

Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She has spent most of her life living in theTsartlip First Nation, where her children and grandchildren now live. Sylvia usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sylviaolsen.ca.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow nominee

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Catching Spring

This short Orca Young Reader with simple vocabulary offers a life-affirming glimpse into life and childhood on a reserve. It’s 1957 and Bobby is a ten-year-old Aboriginal boy living with his mother and nine siblings on the Tsartlip Reserve near Brentwood Bay on southern Vancouver Island. His dad is seldom around and money is tight. However, his mother and the children knit sweaters to sell in Victoria and Bobby also proudly works at Dan’s Marina on Saturday mornings to help with grocery money. Fishing is Bobby’s favourite thing in the world. When the Marina Kids’ Fishing Derby is announced, he yearns for the $5 entry fee, a boat to fish with and time off from his Saturday job to join in the contest. If Grandpa were not in the Nanaimo Indian Hospital, he would have made sure Bobby could enter the Derby but now Bobby feels there’s no hope. Ultimately, the first prize blue bicycle is awarded to him thanks to his hard work, dedication to his job, some luck and the kindness of his uncle and his boss.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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