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Name of the Child
By author: Marilynn Reynolds   Illustrated by: Don Kilby
Selling Points: epidemic, history, 1913, baby
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2002
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $16.95
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Uncle John stumbled out of the bedroom with the baby in his arms.
"Alice is terribly sick," he said. "And there's no milk for the baby."
Lloyd stared at him. "Do you think it's influenza?" he whispered.
Slowly Uncle John nodded. His face was as white as paper. His forehead was covered with drops of sweat. "You and the baby have to get away from here or you'll catch it," he said.

During the flu epidemic of 1913, Lloyd has been sent to relatives in the country. He is frightened of coyotes, illness and independence, but finds himself bundled into a wagon on a stormy night, a tiny nameless baby thrust into his arms. He must get the baby to safety, but will he be able to overcome his fears sufficiently to drive the wagon along the deserted muddy road, as rain pelts down and darkness falls? When the wagon slips sideways into a ditch, Lloyd faces an even greater test.
Canadian Literature - September 1, 2004
"Kilby's excellent oil paintings depict the story and its setting in evocative detail."
Resource Links - December 1, 2003
"Will appeal to readers, young and old alike, and is highly recommended for school and public libraries."
Booklist - January 1, 2003
"A convincing historical context as well as a vivid story." "A Canadian picture book with broad appeal."
CM Magazine - November 15, 2002
"Reynolds' talents as a storyteller are evident in this historically authentic picture book. Simply told, the story engages readers from start to finish." "A gentle, heartwarming book, worthy of purchase." "Highly recommended."
The Globe and Mail - October 5, 2002
"A stirring story."


Blue Spruce nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2003
Chocolate Lily nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
Mr. Christie's Book Award, winner  CA  2003
Storytelling World Award nominee, short-listed  US  2004
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2002
Tiny Torgi Print Braille Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2003

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