Marja's Skis

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Groundwood Books, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Marja admires her brave, strong father as he goes off into the woods and brings back a sleigh full of logs. She also admires her older sister and can’t wait to join her in skiing to school. When Marja turns seven, she’s finally ready. Her father tells her, “When you are strong inside, you can do anything.” And despite her mother’s fears, she skis off to school on her own. Then a shocking event turns Marja’s world upside down. How will she cope? Evocative prose and beautiful illustrations bring this moving tale, set in a nineteenth-century Canadian logging town, to life.

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About the author (2007)

Jean E. Pendziwol has published several highly acclaimed picture books, including Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She is also the author of Marja's Skis, illustrated by Jirina Marton, and The Red Sash and Dawn Watch, illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Jean's debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper's Daughters, will be published in 2017 in more than ten languages. Jean finds inspiration in the rich history, culture and geography of Northwestern Ontario where she lives in the shadow of the Nor'Wester Mountains near Lake Superior.

Jirina Marton has exhibited her paintings throughout Europe, Canada, and Japan. She has illustrated many children's books, including Little Books of Northern Tales: The Bear Says North by Bob Barton, Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists by Raquel Riveria, Marja's Skis by Jean E. Pendziwol, which was a Governor-General's Award finalist for illustration, and Bella's Tree by Janet Russell, which won the 2009 Governor General's Award for illustration. Jirina lives in Colborne, Ontario.

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