The Blue Vase

  • Illustrated By: Josée Bisaillon
  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Tradewind Books
  • Themes:bullying, family life, immigration
  • Available:10/15/2015
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 6-8

Before and after school, while her parents work, Sonia stays with her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Kaminski, and her granddaughter, Marta. When Sonia accidentally breaks Mrs. Kaminski’s precious blue vase, Marta offers to keep it a secret for a price. But Sonia is not able to satisfy Marta’s escalating demands—more gifts and more money—and when Marta spreads lies about Sonia at school, her classmates taunt her. Finally, after a teacher discovers stolen property in Sonia’s knapsack, Sonia is forced to find the courage she needs to confront her bully.

This chapter book for middle-grade readers tackles an issue that needs to be addressed. Schoolteachers, parents and boys and girls alike will find something to talk about in this captivating story by Katarina Jovanovic.

“Jovanovic nails how isolating (bullying) can be.”
– Quill & Quire
Jovanovic has written a chapter book that children can read for themselves and learn from. The illustrations (are) engaging, and The Blue Vase will be a useful addition to a school library collection.”
– The Manitoba Library Association
Chocolate Lily Awards - Chapter Book   | 2017  |  Winner