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INTEREST LEVEL: Age 8+
READING LEVEL: Grade 3+
GUIDED READING LEVEL: W
LEXILE LEVEL: 740L
AUTHOR: Frank Viva
DIMENSIONS: 6.75" x 9.5"
RELEASE DATE: May 24, 2016
About the Book
One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot’s parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Maggots, bullies, and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more – a hidden library, starry nights, and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth. Critically acclaimed author and artist Frank Viva (Along a Long Road) brings us this warm, funny, and innovatively designed coming-of-age story. See Point Aconi through Eliot’s eyes, as he finds that this place he never wanted to visit is becoming a home he doesn’t want to leave.
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Shelf Awareness Best Middle Grade Books of the Year 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Books for Summer 2016
"Moving from picture books into fiction can be a stretch; Viva makes it look easy."
--Publishers Weekly ★ STARRED REVIEW
"[Sea Change] is the novel equivalent of the best summer-vacation postcard a person could get."
--Shelf Awareness ★ STARRED REVIEW
"Viva's Sea Change is a magical book, a deft, understated chronicle of the moment a young boy passes from childhood into something altogether more mysterious -- and terrifying -- almost without being aware of it himself. Eliot is a skillfully drawn fictional creation: at times he is demanding and nearly unbearable, at others vulnerable and relatable, but always fundamentally human."
Quill & Quire ★ STARRED REVIEW
"In Viva's transporting first novel...[Eliot] reads, makes friends, has a first kiss, explores a lighthouse, and discovers a well of compassion and courage in himself.”
--The New York Times
"Playful typography weaves the art and story together in unexpected ways . . . The inventive visuals reward careful attention."
" . . . a reading experience that is as fresh as it is moving."
--The Horn Book Magazine
"Sea Change is a great book to read on summer vacation, and an eye-opener for anyone who thought print had to follow certain rules.”
"Viva’s bold, simple illustrations are whimsical and bring to life the story’s unique characters. The unconventional format of this funny, poignant coming-of-age story will appeal to fans of comics and graphic novels."
--School Library Journal
"At turns tender, funny and sad, the tale of Eliot’s summer is as unforgettable and enlivening as a dash of the cold Atlantic."
--The Wall Street Journal
"Sea Change is like a dip in cold Canadian waters: just step inside, and soon you’re completely swept away, finding yourself overwhelmed and breathless, entranced by this whirlwind of a book. Bravo, Frank Viva. And glub, glub, glub."
"Do you remember that summer you spent on that little island off of Nova Scotia, when you were twelve and it was your first time away from home? And how sad you were? And how happy? In 'Sea Change' Frank Viva ingeniously weaves words and pictures to evoke that heartbreaking, strange, wonderful moment—when the very worst experience of your life somehow becomes the very best."
Paul Gravette's Top 25 Comics, Graphic Novels & Manga: May 2016
"The artwork in Sea Change allows each page to reach readers on a visual level and evoke a reaction. The way the illustrations interact with the text offers a whole new meaning to the events in the story."
--Finch Hogue, Vintage Books; ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog
Sea Change featered by The New Yorker
In addition to providing students with the tools to master verbal literacy, each TOON Graphic offers a unique focus on visual learning. The 21st Century has seen a shift where literacy has been redefined to include visual literacy. Our unique lesson plans and teacher’s guides help instructors and students alike develop the vocabulary and framework necessary to discuss visual expression, structure, and meaning in the classroom.
Our Sea Change Teacher Guide outlines the ELA Common Core Standards to support standards-based instruction in the classroom using this TOON Graphic. The lesson plan offers detailed questions for students with page references. This free guide was designed by a team of passionate literacy experts led by Hsin Yu Chao.
About the Author
Frank Viva is an award-winning artist and designer who lives in Toronto with his family. Many decades ago he spent summers in Point Aconi, Nova Scotia – and while the story in this book is entirely fictional, Frank’s memories of the place inspired it. Viva’s other books include the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection Along a Long Road, the Parents’ Choice Award winner A Long Way Away, and TOON’s Cybils award-winning A Trip to the Bottom of the World. His art has appeared in many places, including regularly on the cover of The New Yorker.
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Praise for Frank Viva's Level 1 TOON Book, A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse:
★ 2012 Cybils Award Winner
★ Apartment Therapy’s Best Children’s Books of 2012
"Young children will identify with the protagonist as he pines first for the destination and then for home, never quite satisfied with what’s on hand, a problem that Viva’s readers will not share.”
“They started tossing out terms like ‘retro-aesthetic’ and ‘full bleed pages’ but all I know is it looks purdy.”
“Clear, cool, and beautiful, it belongs on your bookshelf even if you’re considerably older than four.”