Inside Grandad by Peter Dickinson

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An unusual and moving story about the magical bond between a boy and his grandfather.

Does it just happen that Gavin and Grandad see the seal while they are fishing in the harbor? Just happen that Grandad talks about the selkies, the seal people who can leave the water and take human form? Just happen that Grandad is finishing the beautiful miniature boat he’s making for Gavin’s tenth birthday, and Gavin decides to call her Selkie? And at that moment, Grandad has his stroke. Could the selkies have something to do with all this?

Day after day at the hospital, Gavin tries to get through to helpless and speechless Grandad, trying to reach him, explain what’s happened to him. Everyone else has given up. But Gavin will try anything. Even asking the selkies to help. To do that, he must give them something to show them how much it matters. What is the dearest thing he owns?

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About Peter Dickinson

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Peter Dickinson: Peter Dickinson OBE has twice received the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. His latest book is Earth and Air: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Big Mouth House). He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.
Published April 2, 2009 by Yearling. 128 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Together, Gavin and Grandad are making a wonderful model boat for Gavin’s birthday—the kind Grandad usually sells for thousands.

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Publishers Weekly

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A skilled maker of model boats, Grandad is nearly finished building one for Gavin when a stroke renders him silent and motionless in a hospital bed.

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Common Sense Media

When Grandad has a stroke, Gavin is the only one with him, the one who calls the ambulance, holds Grandad's hand until they arrive, and rides with him to the hospital.

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