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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings

The Dewpoint Show

by (author) Barb Howard

Publisher
Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
May 2010
Category
Emotions & Feelings, Values & Virtues, Multigenerational, Boys & Men
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554551569
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $12.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12

Description

Leonard prefers to watch the world around him-he doesn't want to "engage" himself, as his controlling mother would put it. His observations lead him to discover that we all have our own personal obsessions: he watches his mother struggle for control over her home, her family, her garden; he watches his father grasp at the last vestiges of his youth (with some help from the purchase of a swanky red Corvette). But an unlikely friendship between Leonard and Vivian, the old lady next door with the hot tub, teaches Leonard that sometimes his obsession with watching the world go by is keeping him from truly experiencing his own life to its fullest.

About the author

Barb Howard is a third-generation Calgarian who worked as a lawyer and a land contract analyst before receiving her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. In 2009, Barb received the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (Howard O’Hagan) Award for short fiction. She has also won contests in Alberta Views and Canadian Lawyer, and was also a finalist at the Western Magazine Awards. Barb's first novel, Whipstock, was published by NeWest Press in 2001. Since then, Barb has published the novella Notes for Monday (Recliner, 2009), and the young adult novel The Dewpoint Show (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2010). Barb currently lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta with her husband, a pair of easygoing sons, and one neurotic dog.

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Editorial Reviews

"Although the plot of The Dewpoint Show has twists and turns, it is for the most part a steadily-paced story about a boy's daily life and the consequences that ripple out from each personal interaction. Howard focuses on character development in her effort to create a funny realistic narrative that will appeal to boys without being a stereotypical sports-action or adventure fantasy tale. Leonard's life is quite normal - it's the cast of idiosyncratic characters who create the entertainment."
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CM Magazine

"This book is written beautifully, with parts of it as seen through a video camera. The author exaggerates the personalities of a few characters, such as the ignorant parents, which deepens the reading experience. The book has humor as well, such as the eccentricities of Vivian, the next door neighbor who draws Leonard, the main character, into taking a more active part in life."
Teen Reviewer

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