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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings

Toby Shoots for Infinity

by (author) Jean Lemieux

illustrated by Sophie Casson

translated by Sarah Cummins

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Nov 2005
Emotions & Feelings, Chapter Books, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
2 to 5
Recommended Reading age
6 to 9
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2005
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
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Toby wants to know how far it is to the end of the universe. His father likes astronomy and he is showing Toby and his friends the moon and the stars. When Toby finds out that there is only infinity, he wants to find the answer to the question that his parents cannot answer. And to do this he must get to infinity, by counting. But he needs help along the way -- his friends, his parents and his teachers.
This new story about Toby shows how everyone in school and home has a different approach to questions that have no definite answer.

About the authors

When Jean Lemieux finished his first novel, a chance encounter at a Salon du livre led to the publication of another -- this time, a book for young adults. He met an editor with Québec/Amérique Jeunesse who persuaded him to write a short story for a young adult anthology she was preparing. Instead of the one story required, he submitted three. The first story, "Retour à Saint-Malo" was included in the anthology, Ici. The second story was destined to become Lemieux's successful young adult novel, La Cousine des États. The third is to be expanded into a book for adults. Whether writing for adolescents or adults, Lemieux demonstrates an abiding interest in human relationships. He is fascinated by the energy and enthusiasm of youth and is intrigued by the similarities he sees between an adolescent's search for self-awareness and the broader, historical issues implicit when tracing a family's roots or searching for cultural identity. Jean Lemieux is not only an author but also a doctor. Although he and his family live in Quebec City, they still have a strong attachment to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine where they lived for many years.

Jean Lemieux's profile page

SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Quelle pagaille! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence-Aurélie Théroux-Marcotte, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and Helen’s Birds by Sara Cassidy. Her highly acclaimed illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and World War II–era posters. Sophie’s award-winning work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Nature, as well as in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.


Sophie Casson's profile page

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Editorial Reviews

"...would be a great crossover curricular story to include in a math/reading program."

Canadian Review of Materials

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