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Kids’ books of the year

Q&Q‘s Books for Young people editors share their favourite children’s titles of 2017

Town is by the sea

Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith, ill.

Groundwood Books

“And deep down under that sea, my father is digging for coal,” is the pensive refrain in Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith’s note-perfect Town Is by the Sea. A boy’s free-range childhood in Cape Breton is juxtaposed with his father’s days spent working in a mine. Whether the boy is on a swing at the playground, eating a bologna sandwich at his kitchen table, or visiting his grandfather’s grave, the sea is within view – and the idea of his father working beneath it is top of mind. After completely falling under the book’s East Coast spell – gorgeously portrayed in Smith’s delicate illustrations – readers will have the wind knocked out of them by the final lines. –SD

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