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Linda Aksomitis
"Adeline's Dream"

Coteau Books
ISBN 1-55050-323-5
209 pages


Book Description
Twelve-year-old Adeline Mueller has to fight to make a place for herself when her family comes to Canada from Germany to join their father in their new life. Adeline hasn't seen her father for four years, but his letters promise a splendid new life and a house of their own. When they step off the train in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, the reality is very different. Home is a sod house in "Germantown," a squatter settlement on CPR land, and for a long time Adeline can't forgive her father for bringing her here. Life in her new home is definitely dramatic. Adeline experiences a tornado, a devastating fire, and relentless prejudice from Sarah, a girl in her class. But she also makes friends. Minna, a Germantown girl, shows her how to pick wild berries, and Henry, a boy with a physical disability, helps her get precious library books. By Christmas, Adeline has begun to like Canada, forgiven her father, and won respect from Sarah with her singing ability. Sarah considers setting aside her own ambitions to choose Adeline to sing the solo in the Christmas concert. Could this really happen?



Fiona Bayrock
"Bubble Homes and Fish Farts"
Illustrated by Carolyn Conahan

Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN 978-1-57091-669-4  
48 pages  Ages 6-9
February 2009

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Book Description
The publisher blurb reads: "
Real-world science meets tongue-in-cheek humour to describe how animals use bubbles." Who knew animals used bubbles in so many ways? Popping, fishing, talking, sailing, breathing, riding, and even shooting hoops! Written in a kid-friendly conversational style, each spread in this nonfiction book contains a brief description of one animal's bubbles. The beautiful watercolour illustrations by Carolyn Conahan, staff illustrator for Cricket Magazine, capture the science with a whimsical touch.




Rae Bridgman
"The Serpent's Spell"

  • Great Plains Publications

  • ISBN-10: 1894283678

  • April 2006


Book Description
In the first of the MiddleGate Books, "The Serpent’s Spell," the secret city of MiddleGate was rocked by the slaughter of hundreds of snakes in nearby Narcisse. In their quest to solve the mystery, two young sorcerers — Sophie Isidor and her cousin Wil Wychwood — discovered that Wil's medallion may have once belonged to an ancient secret society, the Serpent's Chain. The second book, "Amber Ambrosia," picks up where "The Serpent’s Spell" leaves off…Tawari, kamahi, manuka, pohutukawa—With these words, Wil and Sophie are cast into the secret world of the magical honey bees of MiddleGate ('apis mellifera magykalis'). A world where magykalis honey portends a future when the Serpent’s Chain—a secret magical society—returns to power from Realms Unearthly, Realms of Myth. Sprinkled with humorous Latin sayings at chapters’ beginning and Rae Bridgman’s pen-and-ink drawings, this rollicking adventure is set in a secret city accessed through one of the oldest and most architecturally stunning parts of Winnipeg, Manitoba. "The MiddleGate Books" is a magical new series for young readers aged 9 through teen years (and beyond!). If you have enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books, you may enjoy reading this book.




Eileen Cook
"What Would Emma Do?"

Simon Pulse
ISBN-13: 978-1416974321

Book Description
Thou shalt not kiss thy best friend’s boyfriend…again….
There is no greater sin than kissing you best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time. Especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else….and especially because she maybe kinda wants to do it again.  Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.
Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.
What others are saying:
“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” – Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries
“Not since Judy Blume’s Margaret introduced herself to God has there been such a funny, geuine, conflicted,  wanna-be-sort-good-maybe-later girl as Emma. Eileen Cook’s tone as she takes on the big ones – life, love, faith and friendship is pitch perfect.” – Jacqueline Mitchard, author of Deep End of the Ocean and Midnight Twins
“Smart and fun and full of heart.” – Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras and Broomsticks




Lee Edward Fodi
"Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers"

Brown Books
ISBN: 1-933285-10-9 Hardback
ISBN:1-933285-11-7 Paperback


Book Description
For over a thousand years the Box of Whispers has guarded the most precious treasure in the Land of Een. But when the Box is suddenly stolen, young Kendra Kandlestar finds herself swept away on a magical adventure where doors speak in riddles, plants cast dangerous spells, and strange monsters seem to lurk around every corner. Is Kendra the last hope for the Eens?





Laura Hesse
"The Great Pumpkin Ride"

Running L Productions
ISBN: 0973401311
133 pages


Book Description
If you camped out at a haunted cabin in the woods on Halloween night, would you leave your horse saddled? Everyone knows that ghosts walk the trail to Pumpkin Alley during the great Pumpkin Ride so when a group of young teens ride out into the night afterwards, none of them are prepared for what happens next! 




Halli Lilburn

Imajin Books

ISBN: 9781926997681

Book Description
An elite private school has taken a big brother approach to surveillance with implants under the skin.  Lina and her friends discovers students are being weeded out because of their "corrupt" DNA.  They enable themselves with the power to shift between realities.  Lina tries to regain control, but shifting from one reality to the next has it's price.  She can't save everyone in every reality.

 Leap Books
ISBN: 978161603029

SPIRITED is an athology with 13 authors, I being one of them.







Jan Markley
"Dead Frog on the Porch"

ISBN: 978-1-926691-06-0
 252 pages
Gumboot Books (2009)

Book Description
Dead Frog on the Porch is first in the Megabyte Mystery series. Twin sisters Cyd and Jane are propelled into an international plot involving evil scientists and giant, genetically stretched frogs. Will the twins win this hilarious race to save the frog kingdom? 

"It's Nancy Drew for the ipod generation" Shenaaz Nanji









Jan Markley
"Dead Bird Through the Cat Door"


Dead Bird through the Cat Door

ISBN: 978-1-926697-15-2


Once again, Cyd and her animal loving twin Jane are up to their bird beaks in intrigue cracking the latest Megabyte Mystery. Dead Birds? Stolen cats? C’est what? When Cyd and Jane’s cat Yin gets kidnapped – that’s when it gets personal.  The director of the bird sanctuaryAviary Finch, is stealing cats to kill birds. But why? 

The twins use the latest technology and 
Shakespeare’s Macbeth to help crack the case. Methinks the culprits doth protest too much! Will Cyd and Jane save the sanctuary, free the birds, and return the cats to their natural habitat of their owners’ laps? It’s predator eats predator when evil meets crazy!


"This delightful novel places author Jan Markley in the catbird seat among funny mystery writers." Marty Chan




Sheri Radford
"Penelope and the Preposterous
Birthday Party"

Book Description
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Scot Ritchie
"Follow That Map"

Kids Can Press
ISBN# 978-1-55453-274-2

Book Description
Maps are about far more than getting from a to b. Maps can help children understand and explore both their everyday environment and faraway places. With an appealing search-and-find technique, Follow That Map! is an interactive picture book that explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts. Kids will enjoy following Sally and her friends as they search for Max and Ollie, a mischievous dog and cat on the lam from the backyard. Sally and friends take an imaginative trip through the neighborhood, city and country, around the world and beyond.

Kids can join in the search for Max and Ollie, who are hiding somewhere in every map. An activity at the end of the book shows children how to make a map of their bedroom.

 Some reviews:

... funny (the cartoon characters look after that) and useful book about maps and mapping for beginners.
The Globe and Mail, April 2009

The bright, easy-to-follow illustrations do an excellent job of highlighting all the major concepts ...
Quill & Quire, March 2009

With an appealing search-and-find technique, an interactive picture book explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts.
Books for Growing Minds, March 2009







Simon Rose

"The Doomsday Mask"
Published by Tradewind Books

The legendary crystal ceremonial mask of Kulkaan, high priest of Atlantis, was believed to have been endowed with incredible powers. In the ancient civilization’s destruction, the mask was thought to have been shattered and irretrievably lost, eventually being forgotten. Long considered to be a mere myth, the crystal fragments have now been found and the mask of Kulkaan reassembled, with deadly consequences for all mankind. In a desperate race against time, Josh and Erica must prevent the mask from falling intact into the hands of the shadowy Crystalline Order, to save the world from catastrophe. 








Mary McKenna Siddals
"Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth"

Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Tricycle Press
ISBN 978-1582463162
Picture book

From Apple cores to Zinnia heads, here’s a recipe in rhyme
for mixing up a batch of dark and crumbly, rich and sweet compost, the perfect treat for Mother Earth. Vibrant collage illustrations made with recycled and found materials show young environmental chefs just how easy it is to add to the pot and let it all rot into Compost Stew!

Take a peek inside the book and explore its Activities, Teaching Resources, Lesson Plans & Reviews at  

For all the latest news and updates on illustrator events, as well as activities and special behind-the-scenes glimpses at early sketches & collage in the planning stages, become a friend of Compost Stew on Facebook and join in compiling tantalizing tidbits of compost news at






Crystal Stranaghan

"Then it Rained"
Gumboot Books
ISBN: 978-0-9784047-8-9

Book Description
Then it Rained is a triumphant story of one child’s determination to challenge conventional wisdom, make his voice heard and live his life to the fullest - whatever the weather!   James finds his frustration mounting as time and again his plans are called off because of the rain. Finally pushed to the breaking point, he makes his voice heard:
“I was four and then five, pretty soon I’ll be seven. I’m NOT staying inside until I’m eleven”
This book is the perfect reminder for everyone that sometimes in life, you just have to put your gumboots on and jump in with both feet!




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