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Becca Fair and Foul
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A summer on an idyllic island surrounded by water and wildlife. What could possibly go wrong?When eleven-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother's rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself...
A summer on an idyllic island surrounded by water and wildlife. What could possibly go wrong?When eleven-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother's rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself...
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  • A summer on an idyllic island surrounded by water and wildlife. What could possibly go wrong?

    When eleven-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother's rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself seeing her beloved island in new ways. A hunting owl mistakes a bobbing ponytail for prey. A cozy sleepover on the beach takes on the tinges of a nightmare when a family of river otters shows up to claim their territory. An argument between a nestbound baby eaglet and its haranguing mother reaches operatic dimensions. Becca finds a dead bear on the beach and helps to give it a burial at sea.

    Then there are dramas of the human variety. Aunt Meg is grieving over a miscarriage, and Aunt Clare's medical work in Africa has brought on a sadness that even the love of family and the island's beauty can't cure. And there is the burning question of whether Aunt Fifi and the local plumber will ever become an item, and would that mean losing the only plumber on the island?

    Meanwhile, cousin Alicia claims to be too old to participate in the kids' summer project — a performance of The Tempest, a play that seems to find unsettling echoes in the natural surroundings Becca thought she knew so well.

    Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
    Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2
    Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
    Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

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  • From the cover

    The bear's legs and paws were stretched out as if it had flopped down to relax on the beach.

    But, Becca thought, it wasn't relaxed. It was completely — she couldn't even think of a word. Helpless? And so alone! It looked utterly dependent on the kindness of strangers for respectful treatment.

    And it had a face. That was bothersome, really...

    "It doesn't seem right to leave it on the beach," Becca said, even though part of her wanted to walk away and never come back...

    "We should bury it," she said. "We should give it a decent burial."

About the Author-

  • Deirdre Baker has taught children's literature throughout Canada and the U.S. and currently teaches in the English department at the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2018
    There is more to this seemingly quiet account of a young girl's seaside summer than meets the eye, including some fairly adventurous hijinks and occasional meaningful issues with which to cope.Episodic adventures begin as Becca and her friend Jane attempt to sail out of the harbor by themselves for the first time; over the course of the season the girls try to raise money for a new boat by performing The Tempest, chafe at doing Gran's chores, wonder about the romance between the island plumber and Aunt Fifi, and eventually decide to donate the play proceeds to charity. Interactions among the various cousins and friends are realistically done, although Becca is more developed as a character than the others; Jane remains a sidekick, the teenager cousin is one-notedly surly, and Gran is stereotypically curmudgeonly. The woodsy British Columbia setting provides an evocative backdrop for this sequel to Becca at Sea (2007), set across winter, spring, and summer. The era isn't specified but seems some years bygone; no one has a cellphone, and activities are wholesomely summery: putting on the play, going to the beach, riding bikes, and exploring the woods.Happily, the ending, in which the girls are presented with the hull of a small sailboat they'll need to rig and equip in order to use, seems to signal more about Becca to come; perhaps in autumn next time. (Fiction. 8-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Kirkus Reviews There is more to this seemingly quiet account of a young girl's seaside summer than meets the eye, including some fairly adventurous hijinks and occasional meaningful issues with which to cope.

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