Town is by the sea by Schwartz, Joanne (#1114DE9)


Town is by the sea

by Schwartz, Joanne; illustrated by Smith, Sydney
Hardcover Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2017


From the Publisher

Winner of CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig.

With curriculum connections to communities and the history of mining, this beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of Canadian history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a Cape Breton mining town will enthrall children and move adult readers.

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 03/01/17
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/17
  • Horn Book Guide starred, 10/01/17
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 03/01/17
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 02/01/17
  • New York Times, 06/04/17
  • Publishers Weekly Annex, 03/27/17
  • Resource Links, 06/01/17
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/17
Product Details
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2017
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
  • Tracings: Smith, Sydney, 1980- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-55498-871-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55498-871-6
  • Follett Number: 1114DE9
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.5
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 191001EN
  • Lexile: AD550L