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Billy Green Saves the Day

by Ben Guyatt

During the War of 1812, 18-year-old Billy Green spots the advancing American army and must ride three hours in the middle of the night to Burlington Heights to warn the British.


She Loves You

by Rhonda Batchelor

Amid rumours of her supposed homosexuality, 14-year-old Annie is drawn to a group of ragtag local hippies. Sweet William is even more bereft than Annie, and not by choice.


Totem

by Jennifer Maruno

As an orphaned white boy in a school of Native students, 14-year-old Jonny Joe isn't like the others at the island Redemption Residential School. After an escape attempt, Jonny and Ernie hide out in a mountain...


Emily of New Moon

by L.M. Montgomery

"I love Emily."-Madeleine L'Engle

Finding a Place to Belong

Orphaned after her father's death, thirteen-year-old Emily Starr is sent to live with her snobbish relatives at New Moon Farm. At first, Emily's miserable...


Sophie's Treason

by Beverley Boissery

Following the 1838 rebellion in Lower Canada, with her father missing and his brother arrested, Sophie and Luc must use ingenuity and courage to secure a bright future.


The Cherry Blossom 2-Book Bundle: When the Cherry Blossoms Fell / Cherry Blossom Winter

by Jennifer Maruno

Sent to a small interior BC community during the Second World War, through hardship Japanese Canadian girl Michiko adapts to a new way of life and gains a new appreciation of her family and culture.


My Mannequins

by Sydell Waxman & Patty Gallinger

Dora's father owns a dressmaking shop in the bustling garment district of Toronto in the 1940s. Every day after school, ten-year-old Dora runs to help her father in the shop. As she works, she dreams of being...


Beginning Again: Further Adventures of a Loyalist Family

by Mary Beacock Fryer

Beginning Again is a sequel to Escape: Adventures of a Loyalist Family, Mary Beacock Fryer's historical novel for ten to fourteen-year-olds. This new work chronicles the lives of the Seamans as they make a new...


Growing Up Ivy

by Peggy Dymond Leavey

Ivy Chalmers has never met her father, until she is sent to live with her paternal grandmother and Ivy's father, Alva, arrives unexpectedly. Alva takes Ivy with him for the summer, wandering the countryside...


Ghosts of James Bay

by John Wilson

Fourteen-year-old Al, spending the summer near James Bay with his father, is startled to see a ship he recognizes as the Discovery, whose captain was the ill-fated Henry Hudson.


Bitter, Sweet

by Laura Best

Pru Burbidge lives a simple life on the family homestead on Dalhousie Road in 1940s rural Nova Scotia- until her father abandons the family and her mother falls ill. Her life is turned upside-down by these events,...


I Am Algonquin: An Algonquin Quest Novel

by Rick Revelle

This novel follows the story of a warrior named Mahingan and his family as they live the traditional Algonquin way of life long before Europeans arrived in North America. Hunting and warfare are daily concerns,...


Bridget's Black '47

by Dorothy Perkyns

Bridget Quinlan is a spirited 13-year-old when the Irish potato famine of the 1840s shatters her life. When the Quinlans are forced to accept the offer of a passage to Canada, appalling conditions onboard contribute...


Under a Living Sky

by Joseph Simons

At the height of the Depression, Mary is unlikely to receive new shoes for Christmas but is deeply disappointed to receive a doll crudely sewn from a horse's nosebag instead.


The Reunion

by Jacqueline Pearce

Will a handful of beads and the power of a story be enough to heal friendships across three generations?


Ghost Messages

by Jacqueline Guest

Pursuing the thief who stole her father's treasure, a young Irish girl encounters some strange characters when she stows away on the ship that is laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1865.


Full Steam to Canada

by Anne Patton

Based on a true story, Full Steam to Canada tells the tale of a British family's 1903 journey to the promise of a better, richer life on the Canadian prairies.


Day of the Cyclone: Disaster Strikes! 7

by Penny Draper

It's 1912, and the lives of two children are twisted together as the Regina cyclone approaches: Ella, a well-to-do young lady, and Billy, a penniless runaway Home Child trying to keep his past a secret.


The Mountain That Walked

by Katherine Holubitsky

The year is 1903, and Charlie, on the run from false accusations, ends up in Frank, a coal-mining town about to experience disaster.


The Schooner's Revenge

by Robert Sutherland

Fourteen-year-old Ben Random has always been drawn to the ships that skim the blue waters of Lake Ontario off the shores of York, the capital of Upper Canada. But his dream of serving on a Royal Navy vessel...