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Avis Dolphin

by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Willow Dawson

tagged: europe, boats, ships & underwater craft
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pages: 168
ISBN:9781554984893
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

Inspired by the story of actual passengers on the ill-fated Lusitania, this is a novel of great adventure and suspense, including graphic novel-style illustrations.

Avis Dolphin doesn’t want to leave New York and sail to England on the Lusitania. War is raging in Europe, and the Germans threaten to sink the ship. Avis is lonely and afraid until she meets a kindly professor whose stories of a magical island help her face an uncertain future.

When the Lusitania is attacked, Avis must draw on all her newfound strength to cope with the confusion, terror and despair. How can she survive the sudden devastation of the ship? Will the people she cares about, especially the professor, live through the horror and danger? 

The immediacy of Frieda Wishinsky’s voice will engage readers in this thrilling story based on real events. They will identify with Avis and Professor Holbourn as they grapple with a stubborn captain, encounter German stowaways and contend with the feud between Avis’s two cabin mates. In an atmosphere of growing anxiety, readers will be glued to the dramatic events as they unfold and the surprising fate of the people they have come to know.

Willow Dawson’s art depicts the stories the professor tells Avis in enchanting graphic-novel form. They provide a riveting magical element to the story, creating a story-within-a-story.

Like Avis, readers will fall in love with Foula and will dream of the island long after they have reached the last page of this exciting story.

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

About the Authors
Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over seventy books. She writes picture books, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into many languages. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit friedawishinsky.com.
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Willow Dawson is an award-winning author and illustrator originally from Vancouver, B.C. Her last name means "son of the daw," which is short for jackdaw, a type of blackbird. Willow's books include The Wolf-Birds, Avis Dolphin, Hyena in Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, Lila and Ecco's DIY Comics Club, and No Girls Allowed. Dawson also visits schools and libraries regularly and teaches "Creating Comics and Graphic Novels" at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto, ON with her partner and their two children.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens
  • Short-listed, The Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, Children's / Young Adult
  • Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Editorial Reviews

Together, Frieda Wishinsky and Willow Dawson tell an incredible story of unlikely friendship, travelling during wartime, and, most importantly, hope.

— CM Magazine

Wishinsky incorporates a wealth of contextual information into the story.

— Publishers Weekly

This child’s view of the event with eye-catching illustrations is an accessible take on the historic event.

— Booklist

Avis’s unforgettable journey of friendship, courage, tragedy, and hope will captivate and resonate with readers.

— National Reading Campaign

Readers will be swept up in Avis’s excitement about the boat mechanics, gourmet food, and people-watching.

— School Library Journal

Moving and inventive . . . a vivid and relatable account of a not-so-distant tragedy.

— Quill & Quire

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