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Gottika

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Alexander Griggs-Burr

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list price: $12.95
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published: April 2014
ISBN:9781770863910
publisher: Cormorant Books
Description

What is the most dangerous secret of all? For fifteen-year-old Dany, is it the shame that his once-vital mother now suffers mutely from “the staring sickness?” Or is it that Count Pol, the corrupt absolute ruler of Western Gottika, may be scouting the city clandestinely for teenage girls to kidnap? Could the worst secret be the mystery behind why all the kids in the Estat are only-children? Or could it be that Dany’s father possesses the secret knowledge of how to bring clay to life, and transform it into a terrifying weapon — an all-powerful Gol?

 

When Dany’s father is framed for the brutal murder of Gottika’s Princess Avivia, Dany is forced to confront all of these secrets. But that won’t be enough. In order to save his father, he’ll have to go still deeper. He’ll have to uncover his own family’s secret, one even darker and more disturbing than the rest.

 

Gottika reimagines a powerful Jewish legend as a futuristic fantasy with a universal message.

About the Authors

Helaine Becker

HELAINE BECKER has published in many children's genres, from humorous verse to educational textbooks. Her knack for blending humor and education into a satisfying package that both delights and informs is recognized by critics and booksellers across North America. Her award-winning books include Boredom Blasters, Secret Agent Y.O.U., and Science on the Loose. Originally from New York, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.
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Alexander Griggs-Burr is a visual artist living in Guelph and Stratford, Ontario. His previous work has included illustrations for the picture book A Very Small Something (text by David Hickey) and the young adult novel Nieve (text by Terry Griggs).
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 13
Grade:
5 to 8
Awards
  • Long-listed, Sunburst Award
Editorial Reviews

“Becker presents the harsh treatment of an ethnic group in a way children will be able to understand and question.”

— Quill and Quire

“An excellent addition to a high school reader’s collection.”

— Jewish Book Council

“Iconic elements of Jewish persecution give this story a historical grounding as well as a depth. The cues open up a space for conversation about travesties that have taken place while also encouraging readers to immerse themselves in a space of injustice and to read a story of the disenfranchised.”

— Jeunesse

“Lovers of fantasy, myths and legends, action comics, a hero’s quest, and even Dungeons and Dragons fans will want to keep reading late into the night. And this story will continue to resonate the morning after.”

— National Reading Campaign

“Gol’s strength, and his story are the real soul of this novel, and I was fascinated watching this traditional Jewish folk story come to life.” ****/4 stars

— Mabel’s Fables Raves and Faves

Gottika is the perfect mashup that results in a great read; one that kept me awake until I turned the last page.”

— Sheryl McFarlane

“A compelling read. Recommended.”

— CM Magazine

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