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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Nye, Sand and Stones

by Bree Galbraith, illustrated by Marion Arbona

tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance

Somewhere off the coast and around the corner there are two islands. One island is made mostly of stones and the other mainly of sand, and that’s where the problem began.

Young Nye doesn’t understand why the people on her Island of Sand work so hard to build beautiful sandcastles every day if they are destined to be ruined by the stones catapulted over by the people of the Island of Stones every evening. When she asks “Why?” all she ever hears in response is “Because.”

As years go by, Nye realizes that the Because is starting to make sense to her and this makes her angry. And an angry Nye decides to take action.

Through this story about injustice and challenging the status quo, readers will be inspired to think deeply about why and how we can bring about change in the world.

About the Authors

Bree Galbraith

Titulaire d’une maîtrise de l’Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Bree Galbraith utilise l’écriture dans la plupart de ses œuvres. C’est pourquoi elle a été ravie lorsqu’un projet de classe a mené à la publication de son premier album pour enfants, Once Upon a Balloon. Un autre album, Usha and the Stolen Sun (Owlkids) a paru en mars 2020. Bree est graphiste à Vancouver, où elle vit avec sa famille.

Marion Arbona was born in France. After obtaining her diploma in animation at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she moved to Quebec. She devotes her life to illustration, painting and animation. In constant evolution, she explores new techniques, such as scratchboard, pastel and transparency, which she combines with her favourite media—gouache, ink and image retouching.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
Editorial Reviews

“The idea that two very different types of people can operate in harmony is relevant and hopeful, in these times. Children need to hear stories like this one.”

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Well-written and features several lyrical passages. The text also makes use of a broad vocabulary, with novel words seamlessly integrated into the narrative. Young readers will be able to intuitively decipher the meaning of words that are new to them…Unique in concept and pleasing.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A must for all budding nonconformists who wish to activate change.”

— Kirkus Reviews

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