Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan’s debut picture book is a whimsical story about friendship, curiosity and the magic of a vibrant community.
Akosua was always told she was too nosy.
Her parents loved her very much, but she always seemed to find trouble.
"Trouble isn't what I find!" said Akosua. "I'm an Exquirologist. What I find is lost things."
This big-hearted picture book debut from one of Canada's brightest literary stars follows Akosua, a budding Exquirologist, as she finds both a new friend and a remarkable world hidden right in her very own community. Acclaimed artist Amélie Dubois adds a layer of magic to Akosua's charming adventure with her delicate, compelling illustrations.
Each turn of the page pulls readers deeper into Akosua's journey, daring them to become Exquirologists too, and encouraging them to seek out magic in the mundane!
ESI EDUGYAN is the author of Half-Blood Blues, Dreaming of Elsewhere, and Washington Black, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Prize and won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
AMÉLIE DUBOIS grew up in Montreal but found her true home in Mauricie. She has illustrated children's books such as Lapin perdue, Rien du tout! and Mingan les nuages. Her work has also appeared in magazines and on television. A critically acclaimed artist, she most recently illustrated Copine et copine, which was the French-language finalist for the 2020 Governor General's Award.
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