"Each book in the Owen Skye trilogy has its unique charm, but Dear Sylvia, Ottawa author Alan Cumyn's last book in the series, is his best." -- Aida Hudson, The Ottawa Citizen
Tull-- the girl whose very
glance turns Owen's face into a burning tomato -- has moved away from a
small village where Owen lives with his parents and two brothers. But he still has the
gift she gave him -- a stationery set, complete with stamped envelopes
-- because she wants him to keep sending her stories.
So Owen nervously begins to write Sylvia about all the things that are going on in his life. How his little brother, Leonard, got his head stuck in the bannister. The disastrous camping trip with his irritating girl cousins. How his new baby cousin will only stop screaming if Owen carries her.
And he tells her about the most bewildering drama to hit the Skye household yet, when the boy's father quits his insurance job to write a novel, and all the Skyes have to cope with the consequences.
and writers of all ages will easily identify as Owen wrestles with his
poor spelling, with his writer's insecurity, and with his deep desire
to tell Sylvia the truth about what is going on in his life, and in his
"Cumyn's ear for the poetry of children's language – especially children's insouciant storytelling – gives Owen's letters perfect comic timing.... This book would make a superb object of study for storytelling techniques, for teachers of all sorts of students. In fact, from a literary point of view, Dear Sylvia is a masterful concoction of theme, character, place, humour, pathos, an oh-so-remarkably nuanced narrative voice and lots of other things.... Dear Sylvia is eventful, funny, openhearted and wise."
--Deirdre Baker, The Toronto Star
"Cumyn's prose is at its best in Dear Sylvia, illuminating Owen's imagination, his inner longings and the magic of the budding writer in him. Each of his letters is a story, and yet his collection of letters is also a tight-knit extended narrative, making Dear Sylvia a superb epistolary novel.... "
Hudson, The Ottawa Citizen
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