The Stray and the Strangers

Category: Book
By (author): Heighton, Steven
Illustrated By: Iwai, Melissa
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  JUVENILE FICTION / Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Europe
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 112
Size: 7.50in x 5.00in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

The fishermen on Lesvos call her Kanella because of her cinnamon color. She's a scrawny, nervous stray - easily intimidated by the harbor cats and the other dogs that compete for handouts on the pier.

One spring day a dinghy filled with weary, desperate strangers comes to shore. Other boats follow, laden with refugees who are homeless and hungry. Kanella knows what that is like, and she follows them as they are taken to a makeshift refugee camp in the parking lot of an abandoned nightclub. There she comes to trust a bearded man - an aid worker. She gradually settles into a contented routine, given shelter like the other refugees who line up for food and sleep on the ground for a few nights before being taken to a much bigger, permanent camp that the aid workers call Mordor.

Kanella grows healthy and confident. She has a job now - to keep watch over the people in her camp.

One day, a little boy arrives and does not leave like the others. He seems to have no family and, like Kanella, he is taken in by the workers. He sleeps on a cot in the food hut, and Kanella keeps him warm and calm. And then two new adults come to the camp. Kanella is ready to defend the boy from them, until she is pulled away by the bearded man. They are the boy's parents, and now he must go with them.

The camp is eventually dismantled, and Kanella finds herself homeless again. Until one night, huddled in the cold, she awakens to see two bright lights shining in her eyes - the headlights of a car. The bearded man has come back for her, and soon Kanella is on a journey, too, to a new home of her own.

From The Publisher*

Based on a true story, a stray dog befriends an orphan boy in a refugee camp on a Greek island.

Review Quote*

Praise for Steven Heighton:

"Heighton is a terrific writer."- The Guardian

"Heighton's writing would hold its own in any literary circle."- Chicago Tribune

"Heighton is an experienced adventurer in literary form ... a sense of boldness and risk-taking infuses [his work]."- New York Times Book Review

Biographical Note

STEVEN HEIGHTON's most recent books are the novel The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep (Hamish Hamilton, 2017) and the poetry collection The Waking Comes Late (House of Anansi Press, 2016), which received the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. He is also the author of the novel Afterlands, which was published in six countries, was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, and was a "best of year" selection from ten publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. The novel has also been optioned for film by Pall Grimsson and is currently in pre-production. His other poetry collections include The Ecstasy of Skeptics and The Address Book. His fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages, have appeared in the London Review of Books, Tin House, Poetry, Brick, the Independent, the Literary Review, and The Walrus Magazine, among others; have been internationally anthologised in Best English Stories, Best American Poetry, The Minerva Book of Stories, and Best American Mystery Stories; and have won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, the Gerald Lampert Award, the K.M. Hunter Award, the P.K. Page Founders' Award, the Petra Kenney Prize, the Air Canada Award, and four gold National Magazine Awards. In addition, Heighton has been a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Journey Prize, the Moth Prize, and Britain's W.H. Smith Award. Heighton is also a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.

Melissa Iwai is the illustrator of more than 30 books, including Night Shift Daddy by Eileen Spinelli.