Becca Fair and Foul

Becca Fair and Foul

by Deirdre Baker


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When eleven-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother’s rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself seeing her beloved island in new ways. A hunting owl mistakes a bobbing ponytail for prey. A cozy sleepover on the beach takes on the tinges of a nightmare when a family of river otters shows up to claim their territory. An argument between a nestbound baby eaglet and its haranguing mother reaches operatic dimensions. Becca finds a dead bear on the beach and helps to give it a burial at sea.

Then there are dramas of the human variety. Aunt Meg is grieving over a miscarriage, and Aunt Clare’s medical work in Africa has brought on a sadness that even the love of family and the island’s beauty can’t cure. And there is the burning question of whether Aunt Fifi and the local plumber will ever become an item, and would that mean losing the only plumber on the island?

Meanwhile, cousin Alicia claims to be too old to participate in the kids’ summer project — a performance of The Tempest, a play that seems to find unsettling echoes in the natural surroundings Becca thought she knew so well.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554989577
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 1,092,971
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Deirdre Baker has taught children’s literature throughout Canada and the US, and she currently teaches in the English department at the University of Toronto. She is the co-author (with Ken Setterington) of A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books, and her Small Print column appears in the Toronto Star. She spends her summers on British Columbia’s Hornby Island — the setting for the Becca books.

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The bear’s legs and paws were stretched out as if it had flopped down to relax on the beach.

But, Becca thought, it wasn’t relaxed. It was completely — she couldn’t even think of a word. Helpless? And so alone! It looked utterly dependent on the kindness of strangers for respectful treatment.

And it had a face. That was bothersome, really …

“It doesn’t seem right to leave it on the beach,” Becca said, even though part of her wanted to walk away and never come back …

“We should bury it,” she said. “We should give it a decent burial.”

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“… [Baker’s] dialogue is true-to-life, witty, and intelligent. Each episode enriches the portrait of Becca’s memorable extended family with delightfully preposterous, yet insightful detail … this funny, endearing book should find a wide audience.” — Horn Book, starred review

“Baker captures the fun as well as frustration of one girl’s winter, spring and summer of wonder and growth on a glorious northwest coast island.” — Kirkus

“This wonderful novel is reminiscent of Lucy Maud Montgomery at her finest — episodic yet energetic, and rich in brilliant characterization and incident … Young readers will be eager for more of this plucky heroine’s adventures.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

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