The Baby Project

The Baby Project

Book - 2009
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Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize in Canada, The Baby Project tells the poignant story of a family forced to make hard adjustments. Jessica and her brother Simon are somewhat shocked when their high-powered engineer mother announces she is pregnant. While Simon is off in his own teenage world of sports and music, 11-year-old Jessica is more focused on home, the punk tenant in the basement, and her best friend Margaret. She and her stay-at-home dad share excitement in anticipating the new baby, and when Lucie arrives it is the happiest time in Jessica's life. But soon the entire household is turned upside down by the tragedy of the baby's sudden death. First published in hardcover as The Family Project, this realistic story, by turns funny and sad, tender and moving, is a powerful and sensitive look at a child coming to terms with death and grief. The Baby Project will long remain in the memory of young readers.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780888990471
0888990472
9780888992222
088899222X
9780888999184
0888999186
Characteristics: 142 p. ;,19 cm.

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Mallory_MPL Mar 16, 2011

I did a book report on The Baby Project in grade 8, and it ended up being one of those books I often think of. Beautifully written and powerfully moving the Baby Project is a story for the ages.

Jessica is excited to hear that she will soon become a big sister. She decides to base her class project on her new little sister, Lucie, and begins before she is even born. Parts of the project include reading him stories and singing songs while she is still in the womb. Tragic events cause our heroin to turn her back on this project, breaking the heart of the reader.

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