Short-listed for the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Awards: Children’s Literature Award and Regina Book Award
Who is the girl staring out of the old photograph? Every time Alyssa Dixon looks at it, even by accident, she finds herself on an Iowa farm in 1931. The past is nothing like Alyssas unhappy life her mother severely depressed after the stillbirth of Alyssas baby sister; escalating bullying by Brooklynne, a popular girl; and a teacher who is unsympathetic toward Alyssas familys pacifist beliefs.
Why cant Alyssa live in the past with her new friend, Deborah? Yet Alyssa is always pulled back to the present, where things only get worse. Maybe the farm isnt so idyllic, though. Deborahs mother is ill with a difficult pregnancy, and theres so much work. A series of old family photos shows Alyssa unsettling things about Deborahs family things Deborah seems not to know. Can Alyssa help the baby be born safely, and at the same time work through the overwhelming problems at home?
About the Author
Alison Lohans has published 22 books, many of which have been finalists for awards such as the CLA Young Adult Book Award and the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. This Land We Call Home won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA Literature. Her recent novels for young people include River Rat and Collapse of the Veil. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
What People are Saying About This
"The author tells a gripping story and has the reader trying to solve the problems, and yet wondering how it could possibly work out. 4 out of 5 stars."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was intrigued by the cover of this young adult book, with its mix of contemporary and historical settings, as well as by the fact that I know and respect the author. I was intrigued and inspired by Alison Lohans' ability to weave pertinent issues into the story, and by the fact that even across spans of time, life is full of similar challenges and difficulties. And also peace and hope. Even though Picturing Alyssa is a young adult book, I think it's enlightening and entertaining for readers of any age. I can see that girls will be drawn to the characters in this book, whether they be from 1931 or from the present. Another interesting aspect of Picturing Alyssa is the reference to the Quaker movement. A very fine read indeed.
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