• Robin Grant

Deck the Halls with Books Galore!🎄

The Ultimate Book Gift Guide

created by Atlantic Canadian youth for readers of all ages

Gift Some Inspiration

with these memoirs and biographies

An Honourable Life by Mayann Francis: A memoir by Nova Scotia's first Black lieutenant-governor, from her childhood in Whitney Pier to her time in the vice-regal office.

Peace by Chocolate by Jon Tattrie: A book about the extraordinary Hadhad family, who came to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, as Syrian refugees and, in a small kitchen in the unfamiliar town, began to make chocolate.

The Grit and the Courage by Steve Bartlett: A book about the people who overcame the harsh climate, remoteness, and small population of Newfoundland and Labrador to succeed in various ways.

No Place for a Woman by Antony Berger: A biography of the accomplished writer, broadcaster, journalist, advocate for peace, and staunch feminist Ella Manuel.

Escape to Another World

through fantasy and science fiction

Maritime UFO Files by Don Ledger: This book chronicles the mysterious sightings of UFOs sighted in the Maritimes by pilots, ordinary citizens, and even RCMP officers.

Edge of Timeby Susan M. MacDonald: The mysterious and powerful Tyons have come to Earth, seeking teens like Alec and Riley who have abilities they don't know how to control. With powers beyond Earthly experience, can the Tyons be stopped?

Queen of the Crows by Harmony Wagner: Elsa's mom has disappeared again.As food, money, and luck begin to run out, Elsa fears she won’t be able to keep her secret any longer. Then one day a crow talks to Elsa and a world of wonder opens up to her.

Waterborne by Joanne Soper-Cook: Alone at the seashore, Stella discovers a pale young man washed up on the beach. Soon, she begins to recognize his part in the strange heritage passed down through generations of her family. In this world steeped in magical realism, neither time nor betrayal can break the bonds of family.

Time Travel

with these historical novels

This Marlowe by Michelle Butler Hallett: In 1593, two rival spymasters plot from the shadows. Their goal is to control succession upon the aged queen's death, but their schemes depend upon Christopher Marlowe: a cobbler's son, playwright, and spy.

A Roll of the Bonesby Trudy J. Morgan-Cole: Set in 1612, this book follows Ned, Nancy, and Kathryn as they decide to live in the newly established community of Cupids Cove, Newfoundland. One dreams of altering their fate, another finds romance outside their marriage, and the third leaves their homeland in a test of loyalty.

Will Starling by Ian Weir: The great metropolis of London swaggers with Regency abandon as nineteen-year-old Will Starling returns from the Napoleonic Wars having spent five years assisting a military surgeon. What follows is a tale of grave robbing, murder, an unholy conspiracy, and rumours spreading like wildfire.

La Butte à Pétardby Diane Carmel Léger (also available in English as The Lookout Tree): It’s 1755, and twelve-year-old Fidèle’s life is quiet until a sudden shift in the political situation brings chaos to Acadie. The English are deporting all the Acadians, and the only way to escape is to run far away or to live in the wilderness.

Read and Relax

with these gentle books

Here and Thereby Roderick MacDonald: Inspired by the places, people and sounds around his home town of Morell, Prince Edward Island, Roderick MacDonald has penned lyrical poetry that nourishes his reflective nature.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Anne Shirley, an orphan, arrives at Green Gables by mistake; the Cuthberts wanted a boy. But for Anne, Green Gables is a dream come true. Thanks to her endearing nature, she wins the hearts of the Cuthberts and the island community.

A Beginner's Guide to Goodbyeby Melanie Mosher: Summertime on Nova Scotia’s north shore is slow and sweet, but this year Laney grapples with the loss of her little sister, Jenny. This book is a tender meditation on life and loss through the lens of a childhood summer.

An Unorthodox Guide to Wildlife by Katie Vautour: This collection is an eclectic examination of the space where humans and animals meet. At times humourous, tragic, or both, these poems tell the story of natural existence in a sometimes unnatural world.

The Ultimate Book Gift Guide will continue in the next newsletter! Stay tuned...
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