Footsteps in Bay de Verde

By Charis Cotter
Illustrated by Jenny Dwyer

Footsteps in Bay de Verde
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Bridie and her brother and sister love to sit up late, listening to the adults trade stories. One stormy night the talk is not only about the price of fish, ghosts and pirates, but also about Poor Keye, a neighbour in hospital who had always loved these storied nights. A loud ... Read more


Overview

Bridie and her brother and sister love to sit up late, listening to the adults trade stories. One stormy night the talk is not only about the price of fish, ghosts and pirates, but also about Poor Keye, a neighbour in hospital who had always loved these storied nights. A loud bang and the sound of his familiar shuffling footsteps suggests that perhaps he is home after all, and has come to join the gathering. But when Bridie's mother goes to welcome him, Poor Keye is nowhere to be found. The next morning a telegram arrives with shocking news.

Award-winning author Charis Cotter joins forces with emerging illustrator Jenny Dwyer to craft this deliciously creepy book.

Charis Cotter

Charis Cotter is an award-winning writer and storyteller who has worked extensively in schools telling Newfoundland ghost stories and encouraging students to collect local ghost stories from their communities. She is the author of several acclaimed novels for young readers, including The Swallow; The Painting; and The Ghost Road; as well as the illustrated storybooks The Ferryland Visitor and Footsteps in Bay de Verde. She lives in Western Bay, one of the most haunted communities in Newfoundland.

Jenny Dwyer

Jenny Dwyer is a teacher and artist, whose work has received acclaim and awards in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. She lives in Maddox Cove, NL.

Reviews

"Charis Cotter has carved a rich, specific niche for her writing: the eerie, the uncanny, pitched to a younger audience. " —The Telegram, Book Review

"This picture book is the perfect addition to a summer evening spent by a campfire. Well paced and perfectly worded to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Share with a group of listeners, but be prepared for frightened listeners to scooch in closer, grab tightly to one another's arms and stare wide eyed and breathless until the last page is turned. Adults and children can share in this exceptionally creepy tale enhanced by the incredible illustrations by Jenny Dwyer. " —Atlantic Book Reviews

"Although brief, and told from a six-year-old's viewpoint, the story is creepy enough to be best suited for slightly older children and sits somewhere between conventional picture book and middle-grade markets. A quirky production from Newfoundland micropress Running the Goat, Footsteps in Bay de Verde may be slight but it doesn't patronize its young audience—and will likely send a few shivers down older spines, too. " —Quill and Quire, Book Review (Toronto, ON)

"Through her limited palette of cool blues, greys and black, with just the mere touch of red—in a ribbon, on a candy, a stamp on a telegram—Jenny Dwyer upholds the eeriness of the night and the revelation of the next morning. Even on this hot summer day as I review the story, I feel that chill and the mysteriousness of something experienced but unexplained. .. For another haunting picture book set in old Newfoundland, Footsteps in Bay de Verde makes the real just a little bit dark and a whole lot mysterious. " —CanLit for LittleCanadians

"This is Newfoundlander Jenny Dwyer's first picture book and she gives powerful imagery to Charis Cotter's words. That wind, the cold, the dark and the haunting atmosphere of Bridie's family home on that night is delivered with a starkness and an authority. Through her limited palette of cool blues, greys and black, with just the mere touch of red—in a ribbon, on a candy, a stamp on a telegram—Jenny Dwyer upholds the eeriness of the night and the revelation of the next morning. Even on this hot summer day as I review this story, I feel that chill and the mysteriousness of something experienced but unexplained . .. For another haunting picture book, set in old Newfoundland, Footsteps in Bay de Verde makes the real just a little bit dark and a whole lot mysterious. " —CanLit for LittleCanadians

"Meticulous pacing, a richly atmospheric ambiance, details that perfectly capture time and place. " —Atlantic Books Today (Halifax, NS)

"Cotter recreates a ghostly tale that will leave readers with goosebumps . .. Footsteps in Bay de Verde is a great story to curl up to with family and friends, but, of course, with a light on. "—Julia Pitre, CM: Canadian Review of Materials XXVII. 6, Book Review

"Based on a story that Newfoundland storyteller Brian Walsh told Cotter about something that happened to his own mother in the 1920s, this is a wonderfully spine-tingling book. Dwyer's illustrations create just the right atmosphere for this haunting tale of the supernatural. " —The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), Twelve Children's Books that Will Inspire and Enlighten by Jeffrey Canton

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