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Nova Scotia

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ACORN PRESS • Prince Edward Island

A fourteen-year-old girl named Page (without an “i”), who lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where her Canadian parents work. Page’s perfectly organized life turns upside down when her parents send her to Prince Edward Island to babysit her cousins Crusoe and Danger (those are their real names) for the summer. The only problem is that her cousins feel that they are too old to have a babysitter—they would rather be at summer camp. Page realizes the solution to the problem is to give her cousins exactly what they want: summer camp in their own backyard. Despite Page’s meticulous efforts to plan a different theme for each week of Camp Fill-in-the-Blank, she quickly learns that life with her cousins rarely goes according to plan.

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank

by Hope Dalvay

Elsa’s mom has disappeared again, but eleven-year-old Elsa is doing her best to fool the world into thinking her life is normal. As food, money and luck begin to run out, Elsa fears she won’t be able to keep her desperate, lonely secret any longer. Then one day a crow talks to Elsa and a world of wonder opens up to her. The queen of the crows has also gone missing and the rest of the crows struggle to know what to do next.

 

Could the secret, magical world of the crows be the key to Elsa’s mental health?

 

Based on the award-winning short film screened by Telefilm Canada at the Cannes Film Festival, Queen of the Crows explores a family story of mental illness, love and imagination and triumph.

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Queen of the Crows by Harmony Wagner

This is a new young adult novel by P.E.I.’s Poet Laureate. It is a dystopic story about Nora who lives in the walled city of Aahimsa, anidyllic community of girls and women working together to make a peaceful life free of the brutality of the outsiders. As the companionof the mayor of Aahimsa’s daughter, Alice, she enjoys privileges that other women from the working class can only dream of.But when she and Alice find an outsider baby abandoned within the city walls, Nora starts to question whether the outsiders poseas much of a threat to her civilization as she’s been taught.

 

With the baby’s life in danger, Nora must decide whether she’s willingto give up everything she has to save him, and who she can trust to help her.

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Hugh MacDonald's Book The Last Wild Boy

The Last Wild Boy by Hugh MacDonald

After years of struggle by Blanchfleur to maintain its independence, the idyllic walled city of Aahimsa, a community of girls and women dedicated to making a life of peace free of the brutality and aggression of outsiders, and its prospering Manuhome, are suddenly victims of a brutal surprise attack by the forces of The World Federation of City States. Mabon and Nora are in hiding outside the city where they witness all the horrors of the assault. Adam, their adoptive son, is no longer with them, having been placed under the protection of Doctor Ueland at the Manuhome. Adam, known to the federation as The Last Wild Boy has been hunted down since his unauthorized birth in Aahimsa. They must deal with great dangers and unexpected revelations. Can they manage to work together and adjust their thinking enough to survive and find happiness against such seemingly insurmountable odds?

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Hugh MacDonald's And All The Stars Shall Fall

And All the Stars Shall Fall by Hugh MacDonald

A moving story of losing family but finding a new one. Thirteen-year-old Rachel is bad news, or so her foster care worker tells her. She’s been shuttled from one rotten foster family to another ever since her mother and brother died in a car accident five years ago, and she’s running out of options. The only place left to send her is the last resort for kids like her: a farm in the middle of nowhere run by a disfigured recluse named Amelia Walton, whom Rachel nicknames “Warty” because of the strange lumps covering her face and neck. Rachel settles into life at the farm, losing herself in her daily chores and Amelia’s endless trivia, and trying to forget her past and the secret she’s holding inside. But when a letter arrives for her out of the blue, Rachel soon realizes that you can’t hide from your past-or your future.

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Susan White's Ten Thousand Truths

Ten Thousand Truths by Susan White

These are the rules at foster mother Amelia’s farm–the rules that saved Rachel when she first came to stay at Walton Lake as a troubled girl. Now, after a horrifying crisis at work, Rachel has run back to the farm again. But she doesn’t find the peace she’s hoping for. There are new fostered teens at the farm with their own demons, and the sprawling family she became a part of at Amelia’s farm seems to be full of heartbreak and worry. There’s Crystal, grieving her twin sister. Jodie and Zac are struggling to bring a pregnancy to term. Kate is reeling from her mother’s abandonment. And Amelia, stalwart and dependable and loving Amelia, their glue, has become worryingly forgetful. A sweeping story of love and redemption, Waiting for Still Water will delight fans of Maeve Binchy and Lesley Crewe.

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Susan White's Waiting for Still Water

Waiting for Still Water by Susan White

We meet young P.J. Kavanaugh at North Boston Station. His father has died, the Depression is on, and his mother is moving them back home. They settle in, and P.J. makes new friends. But the P.E.I. winter is harsh, the farm chores endless, and his teacher a drunken bully. He soon wants to go home; the problem is how.

 

A letter arrives from Aunt Mayme announcing a Babe Ruth charity baseball game in the old neighbourhood. But Ma won’t let him go. P.J is devastated. The weeks pass, then there is an accident on the farm. P.J. becomes a hero and Ma changes her mind. He travels to Boston, sees his friends, watches Babe Ruth hit a home run, and renews his attachment to the place. But his eagerness to return to the Island makes him wonder where he really belongs.

 

Genre: Children & Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Glenna Jenkins' Somewhere I Belong

Somewhere I Belong by Glenna Jenkins

BREAKWATER BOOKS • Newfoundland & Labrador

Being a teenager is hard enough. It’s even more difficult when you have supernatural powers you barely understand. Now that Alec and his terrifying abilities are under the control of the traitorous Anna, it’s up to Riley to save her friend before the entire world comes undone. And she’s running out of time.

 

Genre: Fiction, Young Readers

 

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SUSAN MACDONALD'S TREASONS EDGE

Treason’s Edge by Susan M. MacDonald

The second Tyon Collective book by Moonbeam winner, Susan M. Macdonald.

Picking up right where Edge of Time left off, Time of Treason continues the story of Riley and Alec, otherwise normal teens whose special genetic traits grant them powers they are only now learning to control – powers that also make them targets for the extraterrestrial Tyons.Riley and Alec have traveled back in time to the start of their adventures, courtesy of Alec’s creepy time shifting abilities. But instead of fixing things, it’s made everything much worse. The Tyons have tracked their time shift and are hot on their heels, and Rhozan is back, more dangerous than ever. After a brazen attack, Alec finds himself out of the frying pan and definitely into the fire. Can Riley save him? Or is Alec just a pawn of time?

 

Genre: Fiction, Young Readers - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

SUSAN MACDONALD'S TIME OF TREASON

Time of Treason by Susan M. MacDonald

Mechanic Jennifer Collins is a woman in a man’s world, but since her father’s sudden death her world has been falling apart. Now she’s in a losing battle, risking everything to cling to the past while everyone else moves forward.

 

In A Few Kinds of Wrong, Tina Chaulk takes us into the garage and tells the poignant story of Jennifer, her pain, her loves, and her coming to terms with reality. Above all, this story reminds us that memories – those one cannot forget and others one battles to hold onto – can never be controlled.

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

TINA CHAULK WRONG

A Few Kinds of Wrong by Tina Chaulk

“This is the story of my mother’s death, my father’s lighthouse, my slutty sister and the dog I betrayed.” A heart-felt, at times funny coming-of-age story set in Nova Scotia about a quirky couple who adopt a 16-year-old girl when their son, the main character, is 14.

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Tantramar by Eric Sparling

Daisy’s job is to be as unobtrusive as possible. But when her father suddenly leaves and her mother breaks down, Daisy’s old life disappears, and she is set free in the rift created between her parents. Susie Taylor’s sharp, quick-witted prose carries Daisy through a family cataclysm, relationships with boys, and her increasingly confusing feelings towards girls, especially Wanda. A refreshingly perceptive and honest debut, Even Weirder Than Before explores the nature of family, friendships, and sexual awakenings—and introduces one of Newfoundland’s most exciting new writers.

 

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

SUSIE TAYLOR EVEN WEIRDER THAN BEFORE

Even Weirder Than Before by Susie Taylor

Could you face your greatest fears—and survive? Wanda Jaynes is about to lose her job amidst a mountain of bills, and she suspects her musician boyfriend might be romantically interested in her friend, Trish. But Wanda’s life changes radically on a routine trip to the grocery store when a gunman enters the supermarket and opens fire. When Wanda comes face to face with the shooter, she instinctively hurls a can of coconut milk at his head and knocks him unconscious. In the ensuing media storm, she’s hailed as a hero and miracle worker. But in the aftermath of so much attention, she receives strange emails and believes she’s being followed. As her fear and paranoia grow, both her private and professional lives hang in the balance. And it takes another act of bravery before she’ll learn who she really is.

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

BRIDGET CANNING'S THE GREATEST HITS OF WANDA JAYNES

The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes by Bridget Canning

Someone wants Alec dead.

 

And that someone can invade innocent bystanders, bending their will to his, forcing them to murder. That someone can travel through multiple dimensions, has powers beyond Earthly experience, and knows everything Alec knows.

 

Riley is a target too. The Tyons have come to Earth, looking for kids like Riley and Alec, who aren’t even aware of their special genetic traits and don’t know how to control them. It’s a race against time. Do they have the edge needed to save themselves, and more importantly, the world?

 

GOLD MEDAL for YOUNG ADULT FICTION-FANTASY/SCI-FI , 2012

 

Genre: Fiction, Young Readers - For more details, or to buy this book, click here

SUSAN MACDONALD'S EDGE OF TIME

Edge of Time by Susan M. MacDonald

When three teenage friends oppose the annexation of their favourite beach by a prominent businessman, their efforts to keep it public are rebuffed or ignored.

 

Their actions quickly move beyond conventional protest, despite the warnings of an adult friend — the gentle, enigmatic Dexter Lully. As the friends, frustrated and desperate, are driven towards the dark, morally ambiguous world of direct action, one embraces it, one is thrust into it, and one teeters on the brink, appalled at the widening rift he sees separating his friends from him, and from society, forever.

 

Genre: Fiction, Young Adults - For more details, or to buy this book, click here

ROBERT RAYNER'S FOOTPRINTS

Footprints by Robert Rayner

Think the world can’t get any crazier?

 

Think again. Set in near-future Toronto, Skeet Love tells the story of Shane, a conspiracy theorist and aspiring rapper; Nina, his girlfriend; and Brit, the couple’s lover. Wildly suspecting the threesome is under surveillance by a secretive religious cult, Shane moves the group to seek refuge with his father, a smuggler and taxidermist. And then the truth really gets weird. Craig Francis Power’s third novel is an uber-cool drug and sex-fuelled critique of the world we think we know.

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

SKEET LOVE CRAIG FRANCIS POWER

Skeet Love by Craig Francis Power

GOOSE LANE EDITIONS • New Brunswick

Daisy’s job is to be as unobtrusive as possible. But when her father suddenly leaves and her mother breaks down, Daisy’s old life disappears, and she is set free in the rift created between her parents. Susie Taylor’s sharp, quick-witted prose carries Daisy through a family cataclysm, relationships with boys, and her increasingly confusing feelings towards girls, especially Wanda. A refreshingly perceptive and honest debut, Even Weirder Than Before explores the nature of family, friendships, and sexual awakenings—and introduces one of Newfoundland’s most exciting new writers.

 

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi

Living with a weird brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast. What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town — buildings and people — floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haverton soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water. 

 

Winner, Commonwealth Book Prize, Canada and the Caribbean, Frye Academy Award, and Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. / Shortlisted, CLA Young Adult Book Award, Red Maple Award, and University of Canberra Book of the Year. / Longlisted, IMPAC Dublin Award and Canada Reads.

 

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the town that drowned Riel Nason

The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason

The new reader's guide edition of Shauna Singh Baldwin's literary debut features the fifteen stories from the original collection, an interview with the author, an original afterword, and her suggested reading list. When Shauna Singh Baldwin's debut collection was first published in 1996, it took readers by storm. Reviewers discovered a new voice; listeners tuned in to the stories on CBC Radio. Since then, Baldwin has written two award-winning novels and, in 2007, a second story collection, We Are Not in Pakistan. Dramatizing the lives of Indian women from 1919 to the present, from India to North America, Shauna Singh Baldwin travels from the intimate sphere of family to the wasteland of office and university.

 

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Srauna Singh Baldwin

English Lessons and Other Stories by Shauna Singh Baldwin

Corey Doctorow and William Gibson meet Margaret Atwood."A fascinating and complex plot. . . . Fotheringham holds the tension to the show-stopping end." — Chronicle Herald. In the backwoods of Nova Scotia, a man has decided to withdraw from the world to simplify his life. He builds a cabin and plants a garden. He befriends the few people he can reach within biking distance. There is a reason for the man's self-enforced exile, one that has implications beyond the confines of the forest.Bold in themes, sensual in language, and astonishing in its implications, Scott Fotheringham has penned a frighteningly realistic portrait of the consequences we may all yet face for believing we had the right to crack open Pandora's box.

Finalist: Amazon.ca First Novel Award | Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award | Ottawa Book Award

 

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The Rest is Silence by Scott Fotheringham

A small Canadian island declares its independence to the world and benign anarchy reigns. A god-like ocean deposits many a thing, yet it also takes away. The 1960s blaze off shore and draw the island's inhabitants into politics, the Vietnam War, and the peace movement.

Sound impossible? Not on Whalebone Island, AKA the Republic of Nothing. Where else can a dead circus elephant, a long-dead Viking, the discovery of uranium, a raven-haired castaway who may be psychic, an anarchist turned politician, and refugees fleeing from the United States all be part of everyday life? Where else is eccentricity embraced with such open arms?

 

Winner, Dartmouth Book Award.

Shortlisted, Atlantic Booksellers Choice Award.

 

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The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce

Strange Heaven is tearfully hilarious, as funny and appalling as reality. Bridget Murphy, almost eighteen, has come to Halifax from industrial Cape Breton, had her baby, and given it up for adoption. Transferred to the psych ward of the children's hospital, she's incarcerated with five seriously disturbed teenagers and a flock of wan children. She's depressed, they say. Apathetic. Uncle Albert, a kind man who saves his eloquent wrath for outsiders, springs Bridget from the hospital for Christmas. But home is more chaotic than ever, and she's sick of her boozy friends and the whining of the baby's father. She had half planned to hibernate at home till kingdom come, but it's become like a lurid movie she saw eons ago and she's forgotten the plot. Her future may be unclear, but she has a good idea of the direction it won't take.

 

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Strange Heaven by Lynn Coady

The Leung family leads a life of secluded luxury in Hong Kong. But in December 1941, the Empire of Japan invades the colony. The family is quickly dragged into a spiral of violence, repression, and starvation. The Leungs are forced to send their children away. The youngest boy, Chung-Man, escapes with some of his siblings. Deeply scarred, Chung-Man drifts along respectfully and dutifully, enveloped by the unspoken vestiges of war. This mesmerizing story captures the horror of war, through the eyes of a child, with unsettling and unerring grace.

Winner: 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award | 2018 McNally Robinson Book of the Year | 2018 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction / Shortlisted: 2017 Governor General's Award for Fiction | 2018 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book / A National Post Best Book of 2017 / A Walter Scott Prize Academy / Recommended Historical Novel of 2017

On CBC Books' list of writers to watch in 2018

 

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The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan

Lorna always wanted to stand out, but her career as a competitive swimmer was cut short by a knee injury. Cara, her daughter, tries hard to blend in, but when she has to fill in for her brother at a school pageant, she is overwhelmed by terror. Lorna is vain about her ability to shut out distractions. Cara can’t control her scary thoughts. And while Lorna tries her best to move past life’s early disappointments, Cara picks at the cracks in her family’s story. Spanning two decades, Catch My Drift follows mother and daughter through life changes big and small, and reveals that despite our shared experiences, we each live a private story.

 

An Atlantic Books Today Editor's Pick.

 

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Catch my Drift by Genevieve Scott

One night, Agatha Winter's phone rings. Jasmine, her 13-year-old sister, has run away from home and needs to be picked up at the bus terminal. It's the anniversary of their mother's accident and subsequent split from the family. Jasmine is determined to exact revenge. Their mother, now a flashy self-help guru under a new moniker, preaches "willing amnesia": liberation by deliberately forgetting and disowning the past. The girls' grandmother and great-grandmother, both Holocaust survivors, have found their own superficially innocuous yet fiercely destructive ways to fend off memory. Told in three major and two minor voices, Cricket in a Fist offers sophisticated psychological insight. Lewis's rich command of language transports us into a world of richly imagined characters.

 

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Cricket in a Fist by Naomi Lewis

The Last Tasmanian has reaped more national and international recognition than any other novel by Herb Curtis. First published in 1991, it has remained in print continuously in its original edition and later in The Brennen Siding Trilogy. Now it's available again as a separate volume in the GLE Library Series. Brennen Siding, a hamlet on a small tributary of the famous Miramichi River, is home to an unforgettable crew — Hilda herself is the last of the Porters, and, amid the invasion of TV, Elvis, and rich Americans, Shad and Dry may be the last true natives of Brennen Siding.

 

Winner, Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Canada and the Caribbean.

 

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The Last Tasmanian by Herb Curtis

In her bold debut novel, Linda Little has crafted a story where music, creativity, and sexuality merge, as a young Nova Scotian carver embarks on a profound discovery of his sense of self. Strong Hollow tells the story of Jackson Bigney, a young man coping with a crippling past of repression, alcoholism, and poverty. At nineteen, the seventh of nine children and the eldest still at home, Jackson seems predestined to follow in the feckless footsteps of his father. He becomes silent and empty, unable to feel or to articulate emotion. Setting himself up as a bootlegger, Jackson builds a small cabin. Seeking to fill the void in this life, Jackson begins to restore a derelict fiddle. Jackson's perceptions of himself begin to change and he realizes that how the world sees you is how you come to see yourself.

 

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Strong Hollow by Linda Little

Growing up in rural British Columbia, Deni Béchard believes his charismatic father is infallible. Wild, unpredictable, even dangerous, André is worshipped by his young son, who believes that his father can do no wrong.

 

When the boy discovers his father's true identity — and the crime sprees and prison sentences attached to it — his imagination is set on fire. Before long, he is imagining himself as a character in one of his father's stories. At once attracted and repelled, Deni can't escape the sense that his father's life holds the key to understanding himself and to making sense of his own passions, aversions, and motivations. 

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Cures for Hunger by Deni Béchard

An on-the-scene report of a childhood abroad. A child's vision of real-world events made real (and unreal) by the presence of his father. Memories of snow falling on Quebec City's copper roofs; scientists tracking the location of a sinking submarine near the Russian Coast. Children flipping bright kopeks at a dancing bear outside a flea market; a translator awaking from a suicide bombing with ears ringing, surrounded by destruction. A young boy watching his father report the news on TV as hostages hold wet handkerchiefs to their mouths, trying not to breathe too much. Across the street, a red sun sets the windows of the Hotel Ukraina on fire. The tallest of Stalin's seven sisters. We huddle on the couch in our pyjamas. My mother holding a remote in her lap. Static sky, bad reception. The TV clearing its throat. My father's body, cut in half, moving up and down the screen.

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Correspondent by Dominique Bernier-Cormier

NIMBUS PUBLISHING • Nova Scotia

Did you know that you can walk on the ocean floor at the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick? Or that there was once a UFO sighting in PEI? Or that someone found a real Maud Lewis painting in a thrift shop? Journalist Sarah Sawler, author of the bestselling 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, has collected the most interesting, surprising, and bizarre facts that you never knew about Atlantic Canada, just for kids.100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids) includes fun photos and helpful explanations that go with all the wacky and weird trivia that is sure to entertain and educate. As an added bonus, each ‘thing’ is paired with an interactive sidebar suggesting fun family activities, and places to visit.

 

Genre: Fiction, Young Readers - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids) - by Sarah Sawler

Ever wonder where clouds come from? Or how meteorologists predict the weather? This brand new book, starring Nova Scotia’s favourite weather reporter, Frankie MacDonald, and written by author Sarah Sawler, shares stories from Frankie’s early years, along with facts about all things sunny, rainy, snowy, and stormy. Filled with pictures, graphics, and advice from Frankie himself, this book has everything you need to Be Prepared!

 

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Be Prepared Sarah Sawlor Frankie MacDonald

Be Prepared! The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything by Sarah Sawler and Frankie MacDonald

Just as fourteen-year-old Lucy is starting to figure out life after her mom’s death, her dad ships her off to Cape John, her mom’s hometown, for the summer. Worse, she has to live with her nutty great-aunt Josie, who doesn’t cook edible food or suffer fools. Soon Lucy meets Colin, freshly moved from the West Coast, who’s digging an enormous hole in his new yard. He spends every day digging deeper in protest of his family’s unilateral decision to move to this tiny oceanside community. As Colin digs in the ground, Lucy digs through her family’s history, and eventually both of them uncover a shocking truth. Lisa Harrington’s light and funny voice blends seamlessly with Lucy’s grief, creating an authentic and riveting emotional landscape.

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

The Big Dig Lisa Harrington

The Big Dig by Lisa Harrington

Dylan is twelve years old and embarking on his first ocean kayaking trip with his parents. He has spent the last year convincing them that he is ready for the challenging—and very dangerous—adventure. In fact, he has been determined to go ever since he heard about the destination: Ireland’s Eye. The small island off the coast of Newfoundland is the easternmost settlement in Canada. Or it was. It is now hauntingly empty, a ghost town clinging to the edge of the unforgiving Atlantic. What is it about Ireland’s Eye that so captivates Dylan he is willing to take such risks to get there?  And why does the old man on St. John’s docks grimly whisper, “Don’t go to Ireland’s Eye” when he hears of Dylan’s plans?

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - To see more books from this series, or to buy this book, click here.

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The Mystery of Ireland's Eye - A Dylan Maples Adventure, by Shane Peacock

This was the line between here and there. No landwash, no vague intertidal zone, no undecided. She stood at the edge, a mass of instincts and yearnings and despair, while the dawn painted itself in around her, shade by delicate shade. The kids call her Lighthouse: no lights on up there. In a small town, everyone knows when you can’t read. But Cathy is a talented artist growing up in tiny Mariners Cove and yearns for acceptance. She dreams of enrolling in art school, but getting there will be a struggle. Hutch Parsons is everything Cathy is not: charismatic, popular, smart. Overflowing with energy, he is confident in his plans for the future. But one icy evening his world is upended and those plans are swept away. / Winner of the 2014 Percy Janes First Novel Award for an unpublished manuscript.

 

Genre: Fiction - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Catching the Light Susan Sinnott

Catching The Light by Susan Sinnott

Kate’s family has told her that on her thirteenth birthday she’ll hear the “Whooooo” call of the moon, and howl back, and become a werewolf just like them. But she doesn’t want to be a werewolf. She’s always felt more like a duck.On the night of her thirteenth birthday, Kate stands near her family’s cabin in the backwoods of New Brunswick and hears the moon calling-but it sounds like more of a “Whooooo?” as in “Who are you?” and Kate does what she’s always wanted to do-she quacks. Quack, quack, quacks. Her family tries to understand Kate’s new full-moon form, but they are busy integrating themselves with some new, edgy werewolves in town. Engaging, hilarious, and utterly believable, Wereduck is a thrilling addition to the were-canon.

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Wereduck Dave Atkinson

Wereduck by Dave Atkinson

Grace is living among the girls who attend the convent’s boarding school—the very same girls who taunted and bullied her sister for having Down syndrome. Grace desperately wants to know who left her at the convent; she wants a family and to not feel alone in the world. When Grace finds a three-decades-old diary from the 1940s in the convent library, her interest in the history of the convent is also piqued. Terrible things happened in the little village of Tildonk, Belgium, when the Nazis arrived. Based on the author’s own experiences at this very convent school, Finding Grace is an emotional look into the lives of girls in the strict world of convents, both in the 1940s and the 1970s, from the author of Silver Birch-shortlisted Jacob’s Landing.

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

Finding Grace Daphnee Greer

Finding Grace by Daphne Greer

 The English are hunting down and deporting all the Acadians, and the only way to escape is to run far away or to live in the wilderness. Fidèle’s parents are taken by the English along with their newborn baby. He, his sister, Prémélia, their grandfather, Pétard, and elderly Rosalie decide to brave life in the forest near their burned-down house in the hopes that their family members will return one day. Life in the woods is harsh and unforgiving, and they only survive with the help and knowledge of their Mi’kmaw friends and a mysterious spirit who appears during times of dire need.

Spanning two decades of the terrible events of the Deportation and the long struggle to reunite and resettle afterward, The Lookout Tree is an English translation of the beloved French classic.

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

The Lookout Tree

The Lookout Tree by Diane Carmel Léger

Annaka has always hated her first name. That’s why, when her mother packed her up at age seven and moved from Yarmouth to Halifax, she decided she would go by Anna. Now Anna is back in Yarmouth after the death of her beloved Grampy, and sorting through memories from her younger self. She discovers a journal Grampy gifted her years ago; it is filled with snapshots of a happy childhood: sketches of Nan braiding Anna’s hair on the porch, stories about road trips Anna and Grampy took in his antique truck, and memories of her best-kept secret, who also happened to be her best friend.

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Annaka 

Andre Fenton

Every summer, Laney’s family visits their cottage on Tidnish Beach. Summertime on Nova Scotia’s north shore is slow and sweet: there are long days in the water until fingers turn pruney, bottomless glasses of cherry Kool-Aid, and bonfires with the other families summering along the shore. But this year the baking heat and bright red sand provide cold comfort. This year Laney’s little sister, Jenny, is gone.

Ten-year-old Laney grapples with the loss. She carries immense, secret guilt that she can only work out by writing letters to her sister. Laney’s mother won’t even say Jenny’s name, so writing quickly becomes Laney’s coping mechanism, to the detriment of her social skills. She avoids the other kids until she makes a new friend—one who doesn’t look at her with pity.

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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A Beginner's Guide to Goodbye

Melanie Mosher

After reading about Amelia Earhart in her friend’s scrapbook, twelve-year-old Ginny Ross decides to become a pilot. It’s 1930 and luckily, the airstrip in her hometown of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, is a popular launching point for intrepid aviators setting out on transatlantic flights. But how will Ginny’s dream take flight when her mother—and society in general—so fiercely believes a woman’s place is in the home? At the height of the Great Depression, the Ross family certainly can’t spare any money for flying lessons, and Ginny will need a mentor if she is ever going to make it out of Harbour Grace.

 

Genre: Fiction, Children and Teen - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Amelia and Me

Heather Stemp

This fascinating book presents the original text of Montgomery’s most famous manuscript, including where the author scribbled notes, made additions and deletions, and other editorial details. L. M. Montgomery scholar Carolyn Strom Collins offers a rare look into Montgomery’s creative process, providing a never-before-published version of the worldwide phenomenon.

 

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult - For more details, or to buy this book, click here.

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Anne of Green Gables : The Original Manuscript

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Bouton D'Or Acadie • New Brunswick

Participez à l’aventure de Bénédict, de l’homme-tronc et de la corneille albinos. Attention à vos choix, la survie des personnages en dépend ! 

Ben se réveille en sursaut. Dans sa ville, la plus laide, la plus noire, la plus sale des villes, un train a déraillé. Tout brule! 

Vite, Ben installe son père dans sa poussette et tente de sortir du brasier. Dans sa fuite, il repère un oiseau blanc qui semble lui faire signe… Décidé à tenter le tout pour le tout, Ben choisit de faire confiance à la corneille, et lui emboîte le pas. 

 

Genre: Jeunesse adolescent

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Cours, Ben, cours!

Daniela Zekina , Sonia Cotten , Philippe Garon

Carla, journaliste de guerre en Afghanistan, est en quête.Elle cherche quelque chose de signifiant, à ramener à son fils Théo.
De son côté, Tom, un jeune Américain de dix-neuf ans, essaie de trouver un sens à cette guerre pour laquelle il s’est engagé sans savoir pourquoi. Sa mère se ronge les sangs en pensant à son fils.

Laïla et Amir, habitants d’une Kaboul en poussière, ont été séparés par les conflits.
Ces mères et ces jeunes sont liés par un seul et même combat, celui de l’amour.

 

 

Genre: Jeunesse adolescent

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Coquelicot sur un rocher

Aurélie Resch , Christian Quesnel

Comme on le voit, les concours de toutes sortes sont encore à la mode aujourd’hui. Qu’allez-vous penser d’un concours de musique qui, il y a très longtemps, a surpris et émerveillé bien du monde ? On a dit qu’un magicien du piano avait fait danser les étoiles !

 

 

Genre: Étagère Tout-terrain (99 ans et moins)

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Les Trois Pianos

Jocelyne Doiron , Léonard Forest