Seasons Before the War

Bernice Morgan

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ISBN: 9781927917183

Seasons Before the War

  Author:   Bernice Morgan  
  Artist :   Brita Granstrom    
  Publisher:  Running the Goat

Seasons Before the War by Bernice Morgan (author of acclaimed historical novels Random Passage and Waiting for Time) is a delightful, unsentimental remembrance of growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland just before the city, and the world, changed irrevocably with the advent of WWII.

This slightly fictionalized telling explores the delights of every day and of each season: how Bernice and her siblings played and passed their time — watching the fire trucks put out fires at the dump, going for messages at the local shops, listening to stories by the kitchen stove — and the bigger moments of starting school, and anticipating Christmas. Charged with the bright wonder of a child’s view, the book nevertheless contains the shadow of change; although mentioned only in the book’s title, war and its implications for childhood hang quietly over all.

Painted illustrations, by acclaimed UK-based illustrator Brita Granström, beautifully capture the sweet nostalgia of Morgan’s words and the joys of childhood. Soft and playful, yet detailed and accurate, the illustrations add immeasurably to the book, making it as much an art book as a storybook. With exceptional production values, beautiful paper, and thoughtful design, this is a book to be shared between generations, and to be treasured.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781927917183
Item RG0022
PublisherRunning the Goat
PublisherRunning the Goat
Published on October 31 2018
Language eng
Pages 44
Format Hardcover
Dimensions9(in) x 12(in)
Shipping weight573(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Bernice Morgan was born and raised in St. John's, NL, where she continues to live and work. A member of the Order of Canada, she is author of the acclaimed novel Random Passage, which was filmed as a four-part television series, and its award-winning sequel Waiting for Time. Her other work includes the collection of short stories, The Topography of Love, and the novel Cloud of Bone. Seasons Before the War, her remembrance of her childhood days in St. John's, is her first book for young readers.

Born in Sweden, Brita Granström is an award-winning painter and children's book illustrator. She has exhibited her artwork extensively, both on her own and in group shows. With her husband and illustration partner Mick Manning, she has illustrated dozens of children's books, many of which have received, or been shortlisted for, prestigious awards; including the Nestle Award (Smarties Prize — Silver) and the English Association Award (five wins). Their work has twice been shortlisted for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest international award in children's literature. She lives and works in Berwick-on-Tweed, England.

Award Winners & Nominees


BMO Winterset Award