The Landing

Category: Book
By (author): Ibbitson, John
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Canada
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
Audience: young adult
Awards: Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2009) Winner
White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association (2010) Short-listed
Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2009) Winner
Governor General's Literary Award, children's text, Canada Council for the Arts (2008) Winner
Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association (2009) Winner
Outstanding International Book, USBBY (2009) Winner
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.88in x 5.25in
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Will Ben ever escape the Landing? The hardscrabble farm on the shores of Lake Muskoka can't generate a living, so Ben's Uncle Henry sells goods and gas to cottagers from the dock known as Cooks Landing. It had never been much of a living and since the Depression hit, it's even less. Ben's thinking a lot these days, and it's making him miserable. He's thinking about how unfair it is that his uncle only cares about work. He's thinking about what he really wants to do: play the violin. These days, he's lucky to snatch the odd bit of practice between chores, playing to the chickens in the henhouse. A new job fixing up the grand old cottage on nearby Pine Island seems at first to be just one more thing to keep Ben away from his violin. After he meets the island's owner, Ben changes his mind. Ruth Chapman is a cultured and wealthy woman from New York who introduces Ben to an unfamiliar, liberating world. After Ben plays violin for Ruth and her admiring friends, it only makes him more desperate to flee. Then, during a stormy night on Lake Muskoka, everything changes.
From The Publisher*John Ibbitson's compelling novel tells the story of a talented young violin player who yearns to escape his rural home and discover his calling.
Review Quote*... a well-written coming-of-age novel ...-Winnipeg Free Press
Review Quote*This novel, like Lake Muskoka, is deep. Character-driven, suspenseful, and historically accurate, it is both realistic and symbolic.-CM Magazine
Review Quote*The Landing is geared toward young adults, but just as easily belongs to the Canadian coming-of-age genre occupied by the likes of Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence.-The Globe and Mail
Biographical NoteJohn Ibbitson is the author of Jeremy's War 1812 and other novels. He is the Washington correspondent for The Globe and Mail. His novel The Landing won the Governor General's Literary Award in 2008. John grew up in the area depicted in the The Landing.