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The Biggest Poutine in the World

by Andrée Poulin, translated by Brigitte Waisberg

tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance
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ISBN:9781554518258
publisher: Annick Press
Description

Thomas would do anything to make his mother come back.

On his fifth birthday, Thomas’s mother left, and he hasn’t seen her since. The last thing he remembers is her making a delicious dish of poutine for his birthday. Into the concoction of French fries, gravy and melted cheese curds, she stuck five green candles for him to blow out.

On the day of this twelfth birthday, Thomas comes up with the idea of setting a Guinness world record for the biggest poutine in the world. Maybe then, his mother will come back and his emotionally distant father will pay attention to him.

As he puts together all the pieces of his “Phenomenal Poutine Project,” Thomas not only learns why his mother disappeared, but he also comes to realize that Elie, the one person whose help he rejected, turns out to be his most devoted friend.

Funny and heartbreaking at the same time, The Biggest Poutine in the World, was the winner of the French language 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

About the Authors
Andrée Poulin has written over 30 picture books, many of which have won or been nominated for prizes. As a journalist, she was passionate about telling true stories. Now an author, she delights in inventing them. She has published picture books, early readers, and middle grade fiction, as well as two YA novels. She lives in Gatineau, Quebec.
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Brigitte Waisberg has worked in children's book publishing since 1980. She has also translated books from French to English, including The Biggest Poutine in the World and The Golem of Prague. The Big Kid books are the first she has authored.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 6
Awards
  • , TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Reads List
  • Winner, Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association
  • , Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • , Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association
Editorial Reviews

“A funny and tender coming-of-age story.”

— School Library Journal

“Poulin addresses family, alcoholism, loss, love, disability, goal setting and identity with an experienced hand and a compassionate heart.”

— CM Reviews

“An uplifting tale of friendship, determination, and emotional growth.”

— Quill & Quire

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