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Up to Low [Paperback]

Brian Doyle
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Oct. 1 2004

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award

Young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium-shaped eyes, discover that living, healing and dying are not always what they seem. And they make that discovery with the help of a wonderful cast of characters, including Crazy Mickey, Frank and the Hummer.

Award-winning author Brian Doyle spent the summers of his boyhood in the Gatineau Hills, the setting for Up to Low.


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An affecting love story told with surprising gruff tenderness and pungent detail. (Michele Landsberg 2000-01-01)

These are special stories from an enormously talented, unassuming man, who is really a kid at heart. (Ottawa Citizen 2000-01-01)

About the Author

Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.

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WE HADN'T BEEN up to Low to our cabin since my sister Pamela died. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving "Up to Low" May 18 2014
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Have always loved this little book about a young boy's journey to visit grandparents in a specific region east of Ottawa, Canada, called the Gatineaus. The time is the 50's when the Gatineaus were not a chic vacation place, and when large families were the norm in rural areas such as this. It is a bittersweet coming of age story from a time when brute strength and toughness were the male response to poverty, resulting in much hardship for families. But acceptance of foibles and failures was also the way, the young boy learns, as he and his father drive east to Low, with an inveterate alcoholic at the wheel, stopping frequently so that he can "wet his whistle". Humour permeates the story, and tenderness is at its heart. Rhythmical and atmospheric, the writing lets you ride along on this journey of understanding of the time and the place, and how to fit into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Doyle's Up to Low Book Nov. 24 2013
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Brian Doyle is such a fascinating writer, I would buy any of his books because I love his descriptive plai style of writing. In his book, Up to Low, he described exactly how things happened back in those days, in Lower town and I recognized evey place mentioned on their way to Low - it was certainly different back in those days!! But only Brian Doyle can retell it the way it was!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Jan. 7 2013
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Our family first read this when our children were in grade school. They found it great fun. Although we lived half a continent away from the scene of the action in the book, they could identify with a family driving to a holiday as we did that as well. We still live far from the books locale, but our older son and his family now live where the book is set in Québec and the story is even more interesting as they personally know all the locations and even some of the families. This New Year's day they were cross-country skiing near Low.
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