Wild Girl & Gran

cover-wildgirl_250Willustrated by Ron Lightburn
published by Red Deer Press

Wild girl plays alone in her tree, hiding from everyone in the worlds of her imagination. One day her old Gran discovers her. Gran lives in her imagination, too! For one glorious summer they are best pals. Winter comes. Gran dies. Wild Girl grieves, alone again. Will Spring draw her out? Will she find another friend?

HOW DID I COME TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

My first book, How Smudge Came, was very successful. It made me feel like a real writer. What did I love enough to write about next? I decided to write a book about the four seasons in the woods where I played as a child. Wild Girl is very like the young girl I used to be. I didn’t grow up with grandparents, so I invented Gran. She’s the granny I wish I’d had. That’s the wonderful thing about writing—it’s a way of using your imagination to make things right.

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Nan in Wild Girl’s tree

REVIEWS
“Emotionally complex”  Maclean’s Magazine

“a beautifully apt metaphor for parental love as a safety net encouraging children to take risks and be adventurous.” Quill & Quire, Starred Review

“From the duo responsible for the picture book How Smudge Came, Wild Girl & Gran offers the same sensitivity, high–level text and illustrations, and relevant, important subject matter.” Globe & Mail

“poetic language, contrasts, and repetition to create a story of exhilaration and uncomfortable reality and to illustrate the healing and empowering qualities of both nature and imagination.”  Resource Links

AWARDS

  • Winner, Book of the Year for Children Award Canadian Library Association
  • Chosen for the White Ravens 2001 display at Bologna Book Fair by the International Youth Library, Munchen

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