Avis Dolphin

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$16.95  $15.59
Groundwood Books
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7.0 X 0.7 X 10.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Frieda Wishinsky is the award-winning author of over 60 books. She writes in a variety of genres: picture books, novels and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into many languages and her picture book Please, Louise! won the 2008 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Frieda's newest books are Explorers Who Made It... or died trying and A History of Just About Everything, written with Elizabeth MacLeod. Frieda loves sharing the writing process with students at all levels.

Award winning author and illustrator Willow Dawson's books include Ghost Limb, Hyena in Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea with Helaine Becker, Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club, No Girls Allowed with Susan Hughes, and the upcoming The Wolf-Birds. Her books have been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Willow Dawson also teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto. willowdawson.com


"The lifeboat cracks. We're tipping. Tipping. Tipping into the sea.
I'm under. Icy water fills my nose. My ears. I hold my breath. The sea is dark. My feet and hands are numb. No. No. I can't die.

I kick. Kick. Hard. Harder. Fight." -- from the book
Shortlisted for the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, Children's/Young Adult

"Avis's unforgettable journey of friendship, courage, tragedy, and hope will captivate and resonate with readers." -- National Reading Campaign

"Readers will be swept up in Avis's excitement about the boat mechanics, gourmet food, and people-watching." -- School Library Journal

"Together, Frieda Wishinsky and Willow Dawson tell an incredible story of unlikely friendship, travelling during wartime, and, most importantly, hope." -- CM Magazine

"Wishinsky incorporates a wealth of contextual information into the story." -- Publishers Weekly

"This child's view of the event with eye-catching illustrations is an accessible take on the historic event." -- Booklist