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The Summer of the Marco Polo
By author: Lynn Manuel   Illustrated by: Kasia Charko
Selling Points: "L.M. Montgomery, shipwrecks, Prince Edward Island"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $17.95
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With eyes as big as owl's, we stared out at a great, black ship stranded among the breakers.
   Grandpa Macneill was telling Mrs. Wyand all about it. "I was riding home," he said, "when I happened to look out to sea. I could hardly believe my eyes! A great sailing ship was heading straight for shore. When it hit a sandbar, the crew cut the rigging and the huge mast went over."

In the summer of 1883 a famous clipper ship ran aground off the coast of Prince Edward Island near the home of a young girl named Lucy Maud Montgomery. Lucy Maud, who became one of Canada's most beloved writers, wrote about the grand adventure in her journals and reflected on it years later in her notebooks. The town of Cavendish was transformed by the presence of the crew, and the ship's captain stayed with Lucy Maud and her strait-laced grandparents. Lynn Manuel has taken Lucy Maud's memories and shaped them into a story that will transfix and enchant readers.
Canadian Literature - November 1, 2007
"Charko's pencil and watercolour illustrations beautifully capture the fury of the wind and sea as they demolish the ship, as well as the tranquility and sunshine of the village with its well-ordered gardens and lanes. A small fragment of Canadian history has been admirably preserved here."
Times Colonist - June 3, 2007
Charko's...illustrations are detailed and exquisite...a glimpse of [L.M. Montgomery] as well as a bit of Canadian history."
Resource Links - June 1, 2007
"I would highly recommend this book to both school and public libraries. It is most suited for more mature readers, but younger children could enjoy the story as a read aloud."
CM Magazine - April 13, 2007
"Manuel beautifully retold this story...well-researched...lovely and authentic illustrations. Highly recommended."
Quill & Quire - April 1, 2007
"Manuel nicely weaves in the history of the Marco Polo and some information about L.M. MontgomeryĆ­s childhood...the illustrations are colourful and lively."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2007
CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008
Chocolate Lily nominee, short-listed  CA  2009

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