Gr 5-8 A new baby is the Robertson Family Project, and this Canadian nov el deals realistically with the expecta tions and emotions of the event. Ellis paints a sure picture of the 11-year-old protagonist, Jessica, as she happily faces the changes that her new sister brings into her life. She successfully fo cuses on the details of change, and in so doing creates an honest portrayal of family life. When the baby dies of crib death, Ellis is also effective in showing the family's response and gradual re covery. Certain chapters, such as the description of a theme birthday party, are hilarious. The quirky natures of Jes sica's parents are unusual, and all char acterizations are ably handled. It is re freshing that all members of this family really care about each other. The pac ing of this book is erratic, in keeping with the priorities in the Robertsons lives: meandering as they await the birth, hectic following the baby's death. In her telling, Ellis presents a credible depiction of important family events, in turn funny and sad. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''
Award-winning author Sarah Ellis grew up in a family that loved to share stories and read books. Passions that lead her to become a children's librarian and eventually to start writing books herself. Ellis's awards include the Governor General's Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.