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If we were giants / by Dave Matthews ; with Clete Barrett Smith ; illustrations by Quentin Regnes.

Matthews, Dave, 1967- (author.). Smith, Clete Barrett, (author.). Regnes, Quentin, (illustrator.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J MAT (Text) 33500013215181 New Checked out 05/02/2020
Moorhead Public Library J MAT (Text) 33500013215199 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781484778715
  • ISBN: 1484778715
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Los Angeles ; Disney * Hyperion, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Fourteen-year-old Kirra must summon the courage to face her own mistakes before she can help save her peaceful community from a gigantic threat.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    Rock musician Matthews collaborates on an alt-world tale featuring a storyteller's child who wrestles with PTSD to save a settlement of tree dwellers from the brutish invaders who destroyed her own village. Having inadvertently led armored, rapacious (distinctly conquistador-like) "Takers" to her peaceful hidden community and seen it ravaged, Kirra half-willingly falls into a rain-swollen river. Four years later, she lives among her arboreal rescuers downstream, still nursing her guilt, until the sight of a Taker hunting party throws her into crisis: Should she flee or stay to convince the Tree Folk of their danger by revealing her own story? The authors highlight the profound importance of storytelling throughout, and by telling hers, Kirra is not only able to rally the Tree Folk in time but also transforms their standoffish culture to a nurturing, cooperative one. Stripped of all reference to death, wounds, or even blood, the climactic battle has a sketchy feel, but overall, both the underlying themes and Kirra's sharply felt recovery from emotional devastation add sturdy props to this thought-provoking outing. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    Rock musician Matthews collaborates on an alt-world tale featuring a storyteller's child who wrestles with PTSD to save a settlement of tree dwellers from the brutish invaders who destroyed her own village. Having inadvertently led armored, rapacious (distinctly conquistador-like) "Takers" to her peaceful hidden community and seen it ravaged, Kirra half-willingly falls into a rain-swollen river. Four years later, she lives among her arboreal rescuers downstream, still nursing her guilt, until the sight of a Taker hunting party throws her into crisis: Should she flee or stay to convince the Tree Folk of their danger by revealing her own story? The authors highlight the profound importance of storytelling throughout, and by telling hers, Kirra is not only able to rally the Tree Folk in time but also transforms their standoffish culture to a nurturing, cooperative one. Stripped of all reference to death, wounds, or even blood, the climactic battle has a sketchy feel, but overall, both the underlying themes and Kirra's sharply felt recovery from emotional devastation add sturdy props to this thought-provoking outing. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David John "Dave" Matthews is a South African-born American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, best known as the leader of the Dave Matthews Band, founded in 1991. During 2000-2010, his band sold more tickets than any other act in North America. They are the only group to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at no. 1 on the Billboard charts. Outside of his Grammy Award-winning music career, Dave has had multiple acting roles, including a part in the film Because of Winn-Dixie. He uses his celebrity to support humanitarian and environmentalist causes. When he's not touring, he divides his time between Seattle and Virginia. He is married and the father of three children.

Clete Barrett Smith has written four humorous middle grade adventures, including Aliens on Vacation, which was named an ABA "New Voices" selection, was nominated for five state awards, and has been optioned for film. Clete's first YA novel, MR. 60%, was published by Crown. Clete received his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and taught English at the high school level for over twenty years. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington with his family.


Antonio Javier Caparo is an illustrator, graphic designer, and comic artist living in Montreal, Canada. Some of his clients include National Geographic, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Tor, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House. He has also worked in animation as a concept artist and background creator. His works have been selected for publication in the prestigious Spectrum Fantastic Art annual on several occasions.

Subject: Community life > Fiction.
Storytellers > Fiction.
War > Fiction.
Fantasy.

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