Dear Sylvia

Dear Sylvia

Book - 2008
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Winner of the OLA's Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award

Sylvia Tull -- the girl whose very glance turns Owen's face into a burning tomato -- has moved away from the small village where Owen lives with his parents and two brothers. But he still has the birthday gift she gave him -- a stationery set, complete with stamped envelopes -- because she wants him to keep sending her stories.

So Owen nervously begins to write Sylvia about all the things that are going on in his life. How his little brother, Leonard, got his head stuck in the bannister. The disastrous camping trip with his irritating girl cousins. How his new baby cousin will only stop screaming if Owen carries her.

And he tells her about the most bewildering drama to hit the Skye household yet, when the boys' father quits his insurance job to write a novel, and all the Skyes have to cope with the consequences.

Alan Cumyn has written an irresistible epistolary novel. Owen is a true writer in his head -- but getting the right words onto the page is another story. Young readers will easily identify as he wrestles with his spelling, with his writer's insecurity, and with his deep desire to tell Sylvia the truth about what is going on in his life, and in his heart.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Groundwood books, 2008
ISBN: 9780888998477
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Cum
Characteristics: 181p

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flare313
Jun 27, 2011

A funny, charming main character and a believable story make this a good pick-up summer read for people looking for something different.

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dobby
Apr 24, 2009

since when is that a silver birch book?

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Katie44
Apr 20, 2009

I really liked this book.

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grose
Apr 20, 2009

NEED TO IMPROVE IN LETTER WRITING!

read this book "DEAR SYLVIA"!

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Shana1000
Apr 19, 2009

For the ppl who don't get it, I think it's cause of the fact that you either didn't read The Secret Life Of Owen Skye, and After Sylvia, or you didn't understand the plot.

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words
Apr 07, 2009

I loved this book. it written very well.

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jmarshall
Mar 31, 2009

I think that Dear Sylvia was an outstanding book.I think that it is kinda weird that he is writting letters to Sylvia, but not sending them to her.It is funny how Owen will write something and then seal it and then be like oh i frogot something and would write a whole new letter.
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maangel
Mar 30, 2009

this has an interesting cover...

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papadawg98
Mar 27, 2009

I didn't really get this book being all letters to Sylvia. But it was kind of funny because the boy writing them misspelled some of the words.

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minesing
Mar 26, 2009

i love how he cant write

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