Colleen Sydor Timmerman Was Here

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Timmerman Was Here

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Timmerman is mysterious. Moreover, he is bitterly resented by the young girl who lives in the same boardinghouse. After all, he occupies her beloved granddad’s now-vacant room. How dare he think he can take that space?

But try as she might, the girl cannot dislike him forever. Timmerman is kind, gentle, and soft-spoken to everyone, even the dog, who lets him untangle her matted coat. Despite herself, the girl becomes fond of him.

When rumors begin to fly, she tries not to listen. But it’s hard, especially when Timmerman is often seen late at night, wandering the streets with a shovel and sack over his shoulder. Is he stashing stolen goods? Burying dead cats? The girl takes a black eye for defending him at school. Even so, curiosity compels her to ask the question she knows she shouldn’t ask. Though Timmerman promises an explanation in time, he avoids a direct answer and disappears shortly after, leaving the girl to worry and wonder.

Not until spring is the answer to Timmerman’s nighttime walks beautifully presented, leaving the entire street with a living memory of Timmerman’s presence.

Timmerman Was Here is a charming tale of mystery, perception, and the gift of friendship.

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Colleen Sydor was born in Winnipeg and currently makes the city her home. A graduate of the University of Manitoba she is not only a writer, she also works as a florist. In the last ten years she has won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award three times.

Nicolas Debon was born and educated in France. He published his first picture book in 1999. Since then, he has illustrated several books for European and North American publishers and has twice been nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. His graphic novel The Strongest Man in the World won the 2007 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for children’s nonfiction.

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Sydor creates a thoughtful mystery about a young girl missing her grandfather, who at first begrudges the boarder who takes over his room in her home. Readers will need to puzzle out, along with the unnamed narrator, whether Timmerman, an itinerant handyman, is as gentle as he seems. Do his nighttime rambles through their Depression-era neighborhood with a sack and a spade denote some violent mystery he’s hiding? Gossiping neighbors think so. Granddad, who now lives in an old folks’ home, reassures her, “Do your guts tell you that his person’s just like you—full of spit ‘n’ goodness?” Her “yes” is rewarded after Timmerman leaves and spring brings her sturdy, plain neighborhood hundreds of transforming tulips. Debon’s illustrations, with their boxy spatial flatness, possess real gravitas. Peach, blue, and earthy browns predominant in spreads reminiscent of Edward Hopper. Yet when the colorful flowers burst forth, spaces once shadowed or harsh with sun glow with warm light. This Canadian import shines for both its message about trust and its Johnny Appleseed-like hero. Grades K-3. --Karen Cruze

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