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About the Author
Laurie Elmquist is the author of several books for young readers including Where's Burgess? which was short-listed for both the Chocolate Lily Award and the Silver Birch Award. She holds an MA in Literature and creative writing from the University of Windsor in Ontario and has been published in several magazines and anthologies. She teaches creative writing at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia and online at the University of Calgary. Laurie lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
David Parkins is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes, Jeepers Creepers: A Monstrous ABC by Laura Leuck, and Webster J. Duck by Martin Waddell. His illustrations have also appeared in magazines, comics, school textbooks, and newspapers. He lives in Canada with his wife, Angie, and daughter, Hattie.
"Understated…Elmquist writes movingly about Reece's struggle with his parents' 'trial separation, ' and his emotions are also evident in Parkins's moody b&w illustrations."--Publishers Weekly
"Where's Burgess? paints a world that children can relate to…The illustrations in the book are excellent and put on the page exactly what was in my mind…Enduring and memorable. [Where's Burgess?] has the perfect amount of complexity. It is a wonderfully modern story of how connection can combat devastation. Elmquist is a true children's writer. She doesn't just ease children into literature with this book; she eases them the world."--Nexus Newspaper
"Any reader who has lost a loved one will enjoy this poignant story with its upbeat characters and supportive family members. Its brief text and simple line drawings make it ideal for beginning chapter book readers."--Resource Links
"Where's Burgess? fits perfectly within the 'Orca Echoes' series which features character-building stories. The vocabulary level is well within an acceptable range for burgeoning readers to read on their own; however, this book also has the potential to be shared between parents and children at bedtime or by a teacher as a classroom read-aloud…For any child who has felt a sense of loss, unlike a frog desiring to blend in, this story is sure to stand out. Highly Recommended."--CM Magazine