One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot's parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Bugs, bullies and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more - a hidden library, starry nights and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth.
Critically acclaimed author and artist Frank Viva (Outstanding in the Rain) brings us this warm, funny and innovatively designed coming-of-age story. See Point Aconi through Eliot's eyes, as he finds that this place he never wanted to visit is becoming a home he doesn't want to leave.
FRANK VIVA is an award-winning illustrator and designer living and working in Toronto. His first picture book Along a Long Road was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and was named one of The New York Times' 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011. His other books for children include Outstanding in the Rain, A Long Way Away, A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and Young Frank, Architect. His art has appeared in many places such as The New York Times and the cover of the New Yorker and on the illustrated stationary produced by his company Whigby. Frank runs a branding and design agency in Toronto and is past president of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. But making books is his favourite thing to do. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
One of TD Summer Reading Club's Top Summer Reads 2017
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books for Summer 2016
One of New York Times' Editor's Choice 2016
"Sea Change is like a dip in cold Canadian waters: just step inside, and soon you're completely swept away, finding yourself overwhelmed and breathless, entranced by this whirlwind of a book. Bravo, Frank Viva. And glub, glub, glub." --Lemony Snicket
"Playful typography weaves the art and story together in unexpected ways .... The inventive visuals reward careful attention." --Kirkus Reviews
"Moving from picture books into fiction can be a stretch; Viva makes it look easy." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“Viva’s transporting first novel (after picture books including Along a Long Road) weaves drawings and playful typography through the story of 12-year-old Eliot Dionisi. . . .” --Editor’s Choice, New York Times
"Viva's Sea Change is a magical book, a deft, understated chronicle of the moment a young boy passes from childhood into something altogether more mysterious .... Eliot is a skillfully drawn fictional creation: at times he is demanding and nearly unbearable, at others vulnerable and relatable, but always fundamentally human." - Starred Review, Quill & Quire
"Viva’s bold, simple illustrations are whimsical and bring to life the story’s unique characters. The unconventional format of this funny, poignant coming-of-age story will appeal to fans of comics and graphic novels." --School Library Journal
"[Sea Change] is the novel equivalent of the best summer-vacation postcard a person could get." “--Starred Review, Shelf Awareness
".... a reading experience that is as fresh as it is moving." --Horn Book Magazine
“With Sea Change, a graphic novel in the truest sense, author and designer Frank Viva blurs the lines between written word and illustration .... it’s a new turn for a man whose creativity appears boundless. Words seemlessly transform into illustrations as they are read: sentences become fishing line floating in the sea; are poured into cups of tea or spit out like chewing tobacco; crystalize into a spider’s web; change into a weeping face; waft into the air like smoke; angle into a staircase; and, in one of the most affecting passages I’ve encountered in any book this year, become the stars in the night sky.” --Globe and Mail
"A quintessential summer and coming-of-age story, written with a glorious mix of restraint and hypberbole, humour and sorrow — enlivened by Viva’s drawings and playful designs." --Toronto Star
“Viva’s middle-grade debut has a warmly familiar premise — a boy’s expectations of a dreadful summer away from home are swept away by new experiences and friendships — and a singular structure. There are typographical innovations galore, including some lovely shape poems.” --New York Times’ Book Review Match Book Column