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published: Jul 2008
ISBN:9780887768163
publisher: Tundra

Would You

by Marthe Jocelyn

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list price: $19.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: Jul 2008
ISBN:9780887768163
publisher: Tundra
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A summer night. A Saturday. For Claire, this summer feels fantastic because she’ll be zooming off to college in the fall. For her younger sister, Natalie, it’s an okay time with her friends: summer jobs, then hanging out. Fun mostly, but nothing special.

A summer night. An accident. Life changes in a heartbeat.

In Would You, Marthe Jocelyn tells a haunting story of tragedy and loss, of how one day can shape the next and at the same time emphasize the magnitude of life.

About the Author
Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
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Contributor Notes

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her picture book, Hannah’s Collections, was short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Her novel Mable Riley won the first TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She has created eight picture books, four original board books, written seven novels, one work of nonfiction for older readers, and edited two collections of short stories.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Review

"It is difficult to overstate the brilliance of Would You...."
The Globe and Mail
"...[an] exquisitely honed novel...."
— Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"The narrative's strength is in its candor.... A realistic and very credible account of how one family's life is inexplicably and unexpectedly shattered."
— Kirkus Review

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Would You

“Would you rather have your father sing at the supermarket or your mother fart in the principal’s office? Would you rather have a piece of rice permanently attached to your lip or a fly always buzzing around your head?” These are some of the questions that Natalie and her friends idly contemplate as they spend lazy summer nights hanging out at the Ding-Dong and engaging in the occasional game of poolhopping. It’s a quiet, ordinary summer, except that Natalie is trying to avoid thinking about the fact that her older sister Claire will be going away to university in the fall and nothing will be the same without her. However, change comes sooner than anyone anticipates when Natalie and her parents find themselves forced to face the unimaginable pain of losing Claire in a completely different way.

Marthe Jocelyn’s latest novel provides a brief snapshot of one family’s suffering in the face of a terrible tragedy. In its brevity it manages to depict, with startling clarity, the depth of their sorrow and the random nature of the accident itself. One of the book’s greatest strengths is the relationships that Jocelyn portrays. She also captures fragments of feeling, from Claire’s father’s unreasoning (though not unreasonable) anger towards the driver that hit Claire to Natalie’s sudden and intense fear that something might happen before she ever seizes the chance to kiss her best friend Zack. These bits and pieces weave themselves into the narrative but do not necessarily form complete storylines with clear resolutions. Rather, they come together to form a realistic portrait of grief, loss and letting go. This is a tender and deeply moving account that cannot fail to touch the hearts of readers.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2008. Vol.31 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Would You

For Claire, this summer feels great because she’ll be at college in the fall. For her younger sister, Natalie, it’s an okay time with her pals: summer jobs, then hanging out. Fun mostly, but nothing special. When Claire is struck by a car and left comatose, the relaxing summer becomes tragic in a heartbeat.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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