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Children's Fiction Music

A Feast Beneath the Moon

Bertie and Friends Hit the Road

by (author) Christiane Duchesne & Jérôme Minière

illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

The Secret Mountain
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Music, Friendship
Recommended Age
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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Once upon a time there were four friends who always had oodles and oodles of fun together. After their last adventure full of surprises that ended with a big picnic in the sun, a sudden torrential rainfall forces Bertie and gang to take shelter atop the Blue Mountain. When they emerge, they encounter an extraordinary girl named Alice, who can grow big or small at the snap of her fingers. Together, they spend a magical night singing and dancing under the moon and shooting stars. A sequel to A Picnic in the Sun, this imaginative musical tale is interspersed with four beloved traditional songs and 14 original tracks performed with an abundance of pizzazz and emotion. Whimsical illustrations accompany this joyful and unforgettable celebration. The book includes a QR code to access the narrated story and songs online.

About the authors


Christiane Duschesne est originaire de Montréal. Elle a écrit pour la télévision, le cinéma et la radio en plus de mener une carrière d’écrivaine pour la jeunesse. Elle a remporté le prix du Gouverneur général en 1990 et en 1992 pour les livres La Vraie histoire du chien de Clara Vic et Victor. Christiane a également traduit plus de 500 livres, dont les albums tant appréciés de Robert Munsch.


Christiane Duchesne hails from Montreal. She has written for television, film, and radio in addition to her work in children’s publishing. Her works La vraie histoire du chien de Clara Vic and Victor won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature in 1990 and 1992, respectively. Christiane has also translated over 500 titles, including the beloved Robert Munsch picture books.


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Originaire du Venezuela, Marianne Ferrer a immigré au Canada en 1998. Après avoir étudié l’illustration et le design au cégep Dawson à Montréal, elle a poursuivi ses études en design graphique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, où elle habite toujours. Marianne a illustré de nombreux ouvrages, notamment Toucania (Monsieur Ed), Mel and Mo's Marvelous Balancing Act (Annick Press) et The Invisible Garden (Orca)Son style est empreint de charme, de délicatesse et de profondeur.


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