The little girl in this story lives with her family in a trailer in north-eastern Saskatchewan, where her father is building a dam. She knows everything about the place where she lives — her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, and the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter. But the dam is nearly finished and when summer comes the family is moving to Toronto — a place marked by a big red star on the map at school.




Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature

Ezra Keats New Writer Award

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award


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