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Rebecca Young, illustrations by Matt Ottley
Dial Books
Fiction, YA Picture Book

DESCRIPTION: A lone boy sets out on a voyage across a wide sea, with little more than a teacup full of earth from his lost home.

REVIEW: This book is simply beautiful. The brief prose evokes a sense of wonder and of loss. Ottley's gorgeous paintings create a vast and strange world, a voyage through fear and hope and imagination, as a boy faces the unknown future after an unnamed tragedy tore him from everything he knew. It's a book that speaks to anyone of any age who has experienced loss and turmoil, who has ever been alone with memories and fear of what lies ahead.

You might also enjoy:
The Journey trilogy (Aaron Becker, YA Picture Book - A girl's magic red pen allows her to enter and explore a world of wonders)
The Cinder-Eyed Cats (Eric Rohmann, YA Picture Book - In a world of dreams, great cats and bright fish dance through the night skies)
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (Dan Santat, YA Picture Book - Tired of waiting for his human child to claim him, an imaginary friend heads for the real world)
The Imagine... books (Sarah L. Thompson, YA Picture Book - Optical illusion paintingss by Rob Gonsalves, augmented by Thompson's short verses)
Sector 7 (David Wiesner, YA Picture Book - A young artist meets a playful cloud)
I Am A Story (Dan Yaccarino, YA Picture Book - An ode to the timeless persistence of stories, from ancient to modern times)
What Do You Do With an Idea? (Kobi Yamada, YA Picture Book - A child befriends a little idea, and helps it grow big)

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