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Essex County

Lemire, Jeff. Essex County Vol. 1: Tales From the Farm. Top Shelf Productions:  Atlanta, 2007. Print.

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Essex County Volume 1 introduces readers to the story of Lester, a young boy whose mother died the year previous and who is living with his Uncle Kenny on a farm. Kenny and Lester are having trouble adjusting to each other and throughout their rocky exchanges, it becomes apparent that Lester is growing apart. Enter in a somewhat damaged hockey player named Jimmy Lebeuf, the threat of an alien attack, a father mystery, and some adventuring and readers will be able to follow Kenny and Lester as they struggle to realize just how to fit into each other’s lives.

Visual and textual style: moody, black and white, sketchy, human, cinematic, vernacular, simple dialogue

Potential readers/appeal factors: coming of age, drama, farm life, hockey, super heroes, aliens, struggling, death, life changes


  • Winner of the Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award in 2008
  • Winner of the Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist for writer/artist in 2011
  • Winner of the Doug Wright Award for Canadian Cartooning’s Best Emerging Talent in 2008
  • Essex County Volume 1 was nominated for one Harvey Award and two Eisner Awards
  • One of Canada Reads’ Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade in 2010
  • Lemire won the Shuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist in 2008 and 2013
  • Total nominated for 6 Eisner Awards, 5 Harvey Awards, and 6 Shuster Awards
  • Lemire was nominated for a Harvey Award in 2008
  • Lemire was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2008
  • Lemire also has won a Xeric Award for Lost Dogs in 2005
  • Lemire nominated for Ignatz Award in 2007

Other pertinent information

  • Essex County is a trilogy: Tales From the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse.

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