MG - Picturing Alyssa (by Alison Lohans)
12.7 x 20.3 cm (5 x 8 in)
Who is the girl staring out of the old photograph? Every time Alyssa looks at it, even by accident, she finds herself flung back in time to an Iowa farm in 1931. The past is much nicer than Alyssa’s present life, with her mother severely depressed after the stillbirth of her sister, bullying by a popular girl at school, and a teacher who is unsympathetic towards Alyssa’s family’s pacifist beliefs.
Somehow Alyssa always gets yanked back to the present. And the past isn’t perfect either, with so much work, and Deborah’s mother about to have a baby too. Worse, Alyssa’s old family photographs show alarming things about her family in the past. Can she stay on top of the problems in both places?
Finalist: Saskatchewan Book Awards, Children’s Literature category
Finalist: Saskatchewan Book Awards, City of Regina Book Award
Alison Lohans appreciates funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, which provided assistance for the writing of Picturing Alyssa.