Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 2 to 6
Curiosity leads Mira across the river, to an "enemy" village where people have beliefs that are strange to her. But when one of these strangers helps her get home, Mira has big questions about what's true and asks a wise elder for help. From the story he tells her, she discovers miraculous things about herself, about belief, and about all life on Earth.
This inspiring story is perfect for readers aged 8 and up.
About the authors
Laura Alary believes in writing stories that make us bigger on the inside. Born in Halifax, she earned her B.A. with Honours in classics at Dalhousie University before moving to her current home of Toronto, where she completed a Ph.D. at University of St. Michael’s College. Laura has worked as a lecturer, a library assistant, and a music specialist in Montessori classrooms, all the while writing books and raising her three children. Laura’s most recent title is What Grew in Larry’s Garden, which won the IODE Jean Throop Book Award in 2021.
Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Sue began her career as a freelance designer in retail advertising. For a more creative outlet, she took up linoleum carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut, and developed a unique style of art that led to a career in illustration. Sue has created images for a wide range of clients, from advertising and corporate to editorial and publishing, including illustrations for An African Alphabet and The Wild Beast.