Calvin and the Sugar Apples

Calvin and the Sugar Apples

Calvin and the Sugar Apples

Calvin and the Sugar Apples


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A relatable early reader that taps into important life lessons about friendship, grief, and talking through feelings.

"Debut author Oliveira’s lush prose brings the Portugal setting to life and portrays Amelia’s grief with realism. Her struggle to manage her emotions, as well as the deeper understanding she reaches of herself and the people around her, is endearing and rewarding. Balezza’s b&w pencil illustrations appear throughout, adding nuance to Amelia’s heightened feelings." —Publishers Weekly

Ten-year-old Amelia has always had Calvin, her chinchilla friend, to talk to about her problems. But Calvin is no longer in his cage, and her parents just say he’s in a “better place.” When Amelia and her best friend, Camila, have an argument, and Amelia later misses the school talent show, she doesn’t know what to do. Without Calvin, who does she talk to about her disappointments at school? And who does she talk to about missing Calvin?

Just when Amelia thinks she’s completely alone, a new student arrives, and they begin to sort things out together. Amelia learns that it’s always possible to make new friends, that expressing yourself can happen in different ways, and that it all starts with talking it out.


“A sensitive and rich children’s novel—a thoughtful, warm reflection on overcoming loss and embracing change.” —Foreword Reviews

“Ten-year-old Amelia is sometimes awkward, often tongue-tied, and ALWAYS a bright shining star, even when she doesn’t know it. Readers will adore her!” —Lauren Myracle, author of best-selling books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781685552190
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication date: 08/29/2023
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,036,415
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Inês F. Oliveira is a debut author from Portugal, where she lives by the sea with her husband and two children. She holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and committed many years to the technological field. That was before turning to words and writing. She believes words have the power to scatter light into children’s eyes and insists on reading aloud with her children every night.

Vanessa Balleza is a Venezuelan author and illustrator of children's books, with a knack for capturing warm moments with vivid detail and imagination. She seeks to involve adults and children in fostering a lifelong love of reading and art, using the power of imagination and creativity as her tools. Vanessa lives in Saint Cloud, Florida, with her husband and two children.
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