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Very Serious Children

by Caroline Adderson
illustrated by Joe Weissmann

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published: 2007
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Very Serious Children

Growing up in a circus has its perks. But as the Fantastic Flyers travel across the Prairies, Nicky and Saggy dream of living in a real house and eating real food. Includes illustrations.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice)
  • Winner, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
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Nicky (Nickelodeon Ha Ha Grant) is not feeling too ha ha. Maybe because he's on the road again with Mr. Fudge's Fantastic Flyers, trundling through the prairies in a camper covered with glued-on trinkets and beside a little brother who keeps crying. Maybe because he's sick of being carsick, and of eating rollmops for breakfast every day. Maybe because he'd rather go to real school than correspondence school. Maybe because, more than anything, he wants a real friend. Then the tiny circus troupe arrives in Halo, Saskatchewan, and things start to change? Caroline Adderson has written a tender, funny and wise children's novel, reminiscent of Polly Horvath, Jerry Spinelli and Roald Dahl — with perhaps a drop of Corner Gas.

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Contributor notes

Caroline Adderson is a gifted writer of adult fiction---two novels and two short story collections -- and is the recent winner of the 2006 Marian Engel Award. Her Lastest collection of short stories, Pleased to Meet You, made the 2006 Giller Prize long list. Applying her talents to Children's Literature, her voice is equally freah and exciting.

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Caroline Adderson

CAROLINE ADDERSON is an internationally published, award-winning author of books for readers of all ages. Her children’s books have won the Diamond Willow Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Her books have been nominated for various awards, including the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.
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Joe Weissmann

Joe Weissmann was born in Austria and came to Canada at the age of eleven. He studied art at the Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University in Montreal and taught illustration at Sheridan College for six years. An award-winning illustrator, Joe works for book and magazine publishers in Canada and the United States and lives in rural Ontario with his wife and his old cat, Alfie. For more information, visit www.joeweissmann.com.
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