Oh, Canada!

Celebrate the Olympics with a book that takes place in the home of our northern neighbors!  If you’d like more suggestions, come by the Library and ask one of our librarians!

Bailey, Linda.  What’s a Daring Detective Like Me Doing in the Doghouse?
Stevie Diamond and her friend Jessie Kulniki combine Stevie’s job walking dogs with their efforts to apprehend the Prankster, who is responsible for a series of not-so-serious crimes around Vancouver.  Try the other books in this series too.

Harlow, Joan.  Star in the Storm
In 1912, fearing for the safety of her beloved Newfoundland dog Sirius because of a new law outlawing non-sheepherding dogs in her Newfoundland village, twelve-year-old Maggie tries to save him by keeping him hidden.

Heneghan, James.  Flood
After his mother and stepfather die in a Vancouver mudslide, eleven-year-old Andy Flynn, having been saved by leprechauns, is taken by his stern aunt to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he meets the charming father he thought was dead, and where he must decide what place to call home.

Houston, James.  Frozen Fire
Determined to find his father who has been lost in a storm, a young boy and his Inuit friend brave wind storms, starvation, wild animals, and wild men during their search in the Canadian Arctic.

Jocelyn, Marthe. Mabel Riley
In 1901, fourteen-year-old Mable Riley dreams of being a writer and having adventures while stuck in Perth County, Ontario, assisting her sister in teaching school and secretly becoming friends with a neighbor who holds scandalous opinions on women’s rights.

Korman, Gordon. Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road?
When Justin Zeckendorf is teamed up with two of the smartest girls in his fourth grade class for a good deed contest, his zany ideas almost cost them their chance to win.

Lanthier, Jennifer. Mystery of the Martello Tower
In their attempts to solve the mystery of their father’s disappearance, Hazel and her brother, Ned, find themselves involved with a trio of Toronto art thieves and uncover some disturbing family secrets.

Lunn, Janet.  Double Spell
Strangely attracted to an antique doll, twelve-year-old twins in Toronto buy the toy and soon find themselves haunted by powerful and tragic memories of ancestral twins who had also been owners of the doll.

Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. A classic Canadian story!

Mowat, Farley.  Lost in the Barrens
When their canoe is destroyed by the fury of the rapids, Awasin and Jamie must face the Canadian wilderness with no food and no hope of rescue. To survive, they build an igloo, battle a towering grizzly bear, track several wolves, slaughter caribou for food and clothing. Two lost huskies they tame bring companionship–and maybe a way home from their dangerous adventure.

Mowat, Farley.  Owls in the Family
The story of two owls named Wol and Weeps who live with a family in Saskatoon, Canada.


Roberts, Ken.  Thumb and the Bad Guys
In the isolated Canadian fishing village where best friends Thumb and Susan live, mystery abounds. How did an eighteenth-century cannonball wash ashore? Why does the new schoolteacher wear a wig and pancake make-up? And why, when the village’s lone “bad guy” sneaks off into the woods at night, do eerie screaming noises follow?

Roth, Arthur. Two for Survival
Two boys from different backrounds are brought together as they try to reach help after surviving a plane crash in the Canadian mountains.


Service, Pamela.  Phantom Victory
A teenage boy and girl, aided by ancestral ghosts, embark on a treasure hunt to find an heirloom necklace hidden years earlier by a guest at South Bass Island’s historic Victory Hotel.

Slade, Arthur.  Dust
Eleven-year-old Robert is the only one who can help when a mysterious stranger arrives, performing tricks and promising to bring rain, at the same time children begin to disappear from a dust bowl farm town in Saskatchewan in the 1930s.

Smucker, Barbara.  Amish Adventure
When the car he is riding in collides with a horse and buggy, twelve-year-old Ian has to spend the night with an Amish family and finds he prefers the “uncivilized” rural life to the modern society of Toronto.

Wynne-Jones, Tim.  Rex Zero at the End of the World
In the summer of 1962 with everyone nervous about a possible nuclear war, ten-nearly-eleven-year-old Rex, having just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver with his parents and five siblings, faces his own personal challenges as he discovers new friends and a new understanding of the world around him.

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One thought on “Oh, Canada!

  1. What an interesting set of books! I wasn’t aware how scary books can be for kids this age, but it makes sense – they can’t be fooled, and know life and nature are difficult. It must be fun to read about kids getting out of tough situations.

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