Inside Grandad

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An unusual and moving story about the magical bond between a boy and his grandfather.

Does it just happen that Gavin and Grandad see the seal while they are fishing in the harbor? Just happen that Grandad talks about the selkies, the seal people who can leave the water and take human form? Just happen that Grandad is finishing the beautiful miniature boat he’s making for Gavin’s tenth birthday, and Gavin decides to call her Selkie? And at that moment, Grandad has his stroke. Could the selkies have something to do with all this?

Day after day at the hospital, Gavin tries to get through to helpless and speechless Grandad, trying to reach him, explain what’s happened to him. Everyone else has given up. But Gavin will try anything. Even asking the selkies to help. To do that, he must give them something to show them how much it matters. What is the dearest thing he owns?


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About the author

Peter Dickinson is the distinguished author of many award-winning books. He lives in England.


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Publisher
Yearling
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Published on
Apr 2, 2009
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780307532596
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Peter Dickinson
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Emma Tupper's Diary is a sometimes terrifying, sometimes broadly hilarious adventure novel in the spirit of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and I Capture the Castle.

Praise for Emma Tupper's Diary:

"Fish out of water Emma must spend the summer in Scotland with cousins she’s never met. They’re somewhat older and get along fine with minimal adult supervision. Even when they plot to take an old submarine out on the nearby loch for a spin, adding a Nessy-like monster head to the top for fun, there’s no one around to urge caution. It’s the sort of family where everyone is whip-smart, conversations are fast and fascinating, and statements of fact are rarely truthful. All of which makes for one extremely suspenseful and surprisingly thought-provoking adventure."—Gwenyth Swain (author of Chig and the Second Spread)

"One of my favorite childhood books. . . . Its themes and plot have come around again, and a smart production company should scoop it up for a film adaptation."—Atomic Librarian

"An enthralling book, with fascinating characters, told with humor and wit, and with a story that just might, barely, be possible."—Book Loons

"Comedy of manners? Ecological allegory? Adventure? Farce?"—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Peter Dickinson's children's books:

"One of the real masters of children's literature."—Philip Pullman

"Peter Dickinson is a national treasure."—The Guardian

"Magnificent. Peter Dickinson is the past-master story-teller of our day."—The Times Literary Supplement

Peter Dickinson is the author of over fifty books including Eva, Earth and Air, The Dancing Bear, and the Michael L. Printz honor book The Ropemaker. He has twice received the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.
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