Governor General’s Literary Awards

Book cover for Firefly, by Philippa Dowding

Firefly

by Philippa Dowding

DCB / Cormorant Books

“With poetic prose, a memorable character and evocative settings, Philippa Dowding deftly handles challenging subjects in this emotionally honest story. Supported by a unique cast of characters, Firefly will shine for readers and resonate long after they close this quietly powerful book.”

—Peer assessment committee: Aviaq Johnston, Karen Rivers and Ken Setterington

Synopsis

Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends Firefly to live with her Aunt Gayle. She hardly knows Gayle, but discovers that she owns a costume shop.

Yes, Firefly might be suffering from PTSD, but she can get used to taking baths, sleeping on a bed again, and wearing as many costumes as she can to school. But where is “home”? What is “family”? Who is Firefly, for that matter… and which costume is the real one?

Picture of Philippa Dowding

Biography

Philippa Dowding is a children’s author, poet, musician and copywriter. She has won many industry awards and has had poetry and short fiction published in journals across North America. Her children’s books have been nominated for numerous literary awards in Canada and abroad, including the SYRCA Diamond Willow, OLA Silver Birch, OLA Red Maple, Hackmatack and White Raven awards. In 2017, Myles and the Monster Outside was an OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book. Philippa Dowding currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Photo: Andrea Gutsche

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