Blue Vase, The

Blue Vase, The

Series: Chapter Books
Genre: Josée Bisaillon
Publication Year: May 2015
Length: 96 pages
Illustrator: Josée Bisaillon
ISBN: 9781896580913
About the Book

Before and after school, while her parents work, ten-year-old Sonia stays with her next-door neighbour, Mrs. Kaminski, and her granddaughter, Marta. When Sonia accidentally breaks Mrs. Kaminski’s seemingly 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, more money and favours—and when Marta spreads lies about Sonia in school, her classmates taunt her. Finally, after a teacher makes a discovery in Sonia’s knapsack, she is forced to find the courage she needs to confront her bully.

This illustrated chapter book for middle-grade readers addresses the corrosive effects of bullying and suggests—with poignancy and sensitivity—the means by which it can be confronted.

Praise for The Blue Vase:

“Jovanovic nails how isolating (bullying) can be.” – Quill and 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 CM Reviews


Winner of the Chocolate Lily Award 2017

About the Illustrator:

Josée Bisaillon has won many awards and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards twice. She lives in Montreal with her husband and children.



About the Author
Katarina Jovanovic

was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she worked as a journalist in radio broadcasting. She now lives in Vancouver, where, as well as writing for young people, she is in charge of educational leadership, teaching and curriculum development in a post-secondary institution. She is the recipient of The Christie Harris Children’s Literature Award (The BC and Yukon Book Prizes) for The King Has Goat Ears (Tradewind Books) and the Chocolate Lily Award for The Blue Vase (Tradewind Books).