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. Volume XXIII Number 1. . . .September 9, 2016
The Biggest Poutine in the World is the English translation of Andrée Poulin’s La plus grosse poutine du monde, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (2014) and the OLA Forest of Reading’s Le Prix Tamarac (2015). In this early chapter book, Thomas Gagné struggles with an emotionally absent father, a mother who disappeared from his life when he was just five-years-old, and the need to make his mark in the world. In order to create the largest poutine in the world, Thomas enlists the help of his friend Sam and the generosity of local businesses in his Quebec hometown. Thomas hopes that staging the event will catch his parents’ attention and possibly the return of his mother, whom he vaguely remembers making him the best poutine in the world. What Thomas doesn’t plan on is having to include Eliane, the cheese shop owner’s daughter with the prosthetic hand who is new to the school and too “weird” for Thomas. Unfortunately things don’t go as planned, and Thomas, Sam and Eliane make some bad choices, including kidnapping the mayor’s parrot for ransom and an ill-fated encounter with wasps in the woods. Despite having to deal with numerous setbacks and the debilitating revelation that Thomas’s mother was an alcoholic who was imprisoned after leaving him in an overheated car, the threesome eventually pull off the event.
Cate Carlyle is a former elementary teacher currently residing in Halifax, NS, where she is a librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University. Cate has never met a cheese she didn’t like.
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