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Glen Sorestad, Editor
In the Clear showcases contemporary Canadian poetry that is accessible and wide-ranging in content and perspective. These poems reflect the geographical, ecological and social concerns of contemporary life and times in Canada, and many have a literary permanence because of their unique voice and exceptional craft. Readers who want a collection of poetry that is expansive in its human and social concerns will find this anthology indispensible.
"In the Clear is a testimony to the work and accomplishment of the people behind Thistledown Press."
— Canadian Book Review Annual
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short fiction anthology
336 pages / trade paper
“This excellent anthology contains 42 works of short fiction written by Western Canadian writers in the last fifty years . . .”
— Canadian Book Review Annual
Batchelor, Rhonda. “Slipping into shorts.” Victoria Monday Magazine .
– Beck, Marion. Freelance (May 1990): 31-2.
– Cox, Catherine R. Canadian Materials (January 1990): 26.
– Editorial. “Rigid rule may hurt students.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . November 28, 1990.
– Howells, Coral Ann. British Journal of Canadian Studies 8.2 (1990/1): 455.
– MacKinnon, Brian. “From the bookshelf.” Classmate 20.2 (Winter 1989): 31-2.
– MacKinnon, Brian. “From the bookshelf.” Classmate 20.3 (Spring 1990): 26-30.
– Mortin, Jenni. “The west, warts and all.” Sask Report (December 1989): 83.
– Oliver, Hugh. Canadian Book Review Annual (1990): 257.
– Parungao, Pat. BC Teacher-Librarians Association Reviews (March 1991).
– Quebec Library Association 31.1 (March 1990): 21.
– Quickenden, Robert. “A tension in the heart.” Winnipeg Free Press . December 23, 1989. 26.
– Schoemperlen, Diane. “Along old familiar trails.” Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine . June 2, 1990. 16.
– Solomon, R. H. Choice (April 1990).
– Stephaniuk, Jeffrey D. “Anthologies explore Canadian character.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . February 10, 1990.
– Stephaniuk, Jeffrey D. “Anthologies emphasize both space and place.” Sheaf . November 30, 1989.
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trade paper/200 pages
When Trina’s bicycle is stolen, Marty and Remi gear up to solve the case. Once they start their investigation they are both stunned that the evidence leads them to the doorstep of their new elementary school teacher. Mr E proves to be quite resourceful as an opponent, and the new girl at school, Ida, seemingly foils their attempts to catch the school thief. When Marty discovers that he and Remi share the same feelings toward Trina, things get complicated as they try to find out who she likes. For Marty, friendship, loyalty, and trust suddenly seem less straightforward when the mystery of girls is involved.
The sequel to The Mystery of the Frozen Brains winner of the 2005 Edmonton Book Prize, and The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, which was nominated for the 2007 Arthur Ellis Award.
young adult Short fiction anthology
160 pages / trade paper
R.P. MacIntyre, Editor
Up All Night is the result of Thistledown's latest young adult short story competition, which in the past has produced the best-selling, award-winning collections The Blue Jean Collection (1992), Notes Across the Aisle (1995), Takes: Stories for Young Adults (1996) which won the 1997 Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Award and the 1996 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education, and Opening Tricks (1998).
The finest established and emerging writers for young adults in the country are represented in the fourteen short fictions in Up All Night, including competition winner Anne Carter of Toronto with her story "The Piano Lesson" and runner-up Brenda Hasiuk of Winnipeg with "You Can Call Me Al".
Edited by R.P. MacIntyre, one of Canada's foremost editors and writers of young adult fiction, this collection represents a range and depth of theme and style that ensures there is something for all readers to enjoy.
trade paper/204 pages
Marty Chan is back with a sequel to his award-winning juvenile romp The Mystery Of the Frozen Brains.
Nine-year-old Marty and his francophone buddy, Remi Boudreau, stumble upon graffiti on the school’s equipment shack and begin the adventure of tracking down the culprit. Marty spies on his classmates, wears his mom’s dress to go undercover, and risks losing his best friend as the mystery of the graffiti ghoul leads him to the graveyard. With continued insight into a Chinese boy’s life in a Francophone town in Alberta, Chan’s humour balances the serious themes of bullying and racism that are revealed in the attitudes and actions of elementary school kids.
Recognized as contemporary versions of the Hardy Boys detective novels, the books in Chan’s Mystery Series are first-rate entertainment and highly recommended for kids.
330 pages / Mass Market
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Sea Change, part two of “The Freyan Trilogy” continues the adventures of Kerstin Speller, the 16 year old apprentice wizard who has a precocious gift for spellcraft. In Sea Change, Kerstin travels with her wizard father to the Misty Isles where, shrouded by fog and magical boundaries, a circle of women practise the highest arts of growth and healing. But something is badly amiss in this enchanted world and it takes Kerstin, the shy but fearless outsider, to do the unthinkable — to bring a young boy into the magic circle and change the nature of their spells forever.
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176 pages / trade paper
Saskatoon's Glen Sorestad has published thirteen books of poetry in his career, and has been widely anthologized in Canada and the United States, as well as having many of his poems broadcast on CBC Radio.
He is Canada's first provincial poet laureate, appointed for a two-year term by the Government of Saskatchewan during which he will travel throughout the province, giving readings and talking with other writers, neophyte and professional, about his craft.
Leaving Holds Me Here includes 137 poems by Canada's first poet laureate. Edited and selected by John Newlove, this timely selection of the best of Glen Sorestad's poetry illustrates the stages of his writing, his concerns, and his development as a well-known Canadian poet.
young adult NOVEL
215 pages / Mass Market
Set in Canada's East Coast, this novel from the award-winning and prolific Lesley Choyce grapples with current environmental issues as experienced by two teenagers.
“As with all his young adult books, Big Burn features a strong plot, some conflicts, and a resolution that isn't glib. And there's that unmistakable gusto for the great outdoors; lots of wind, sun, rocks, ocean and scenery.”
– Halifax Chronicle Herald.
This is an easy-read novel that is central to discussions of environmental issues and the challenges they create.
Beaton, Virginia. “Teens fight incinerator in Choyce's latest novel.” Halifax Chronicle-Herald/Mail-Star, June 9, 1995. B2.
Garvie, Maureen. Quill & Quire (May 1995).
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 44.
MacDonald, Cathy. “Suitable reading for young teens.” Halifax Daily News . September 10, 1995. 56.
McClay, Jill. Resource Links (April 1996): 176.
248 pages / trade paper
From internationally recognized Canadian author W.P. Kinsella (Dance Me Outside, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, The Fencepost Chronicles) comes a new collection of baseball stories that is sure to delight all lovers of engaging storytelling and fans of the sport he chronicles in the classics Shoeless Joe and The Thrill of the Grass. Kinsella weaves his characters into the thrill of the game, be it in Japan, Central America, Canada or the U.S., with a variety of comic, tragic, and mystical results. This collection captures the dazzling wit, compelling insight, and obsession with baseball that have made Kinsella more popular than a ballpark frank.
Kinsella has published 21 books of fiction, two books each of non-fiction and poetry, and three of his works, including Shoeless Joe which became Field of Dreams, have been made into major motion picture films. He has also won several prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada, the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
"Thoughtful, charmed stories about the everyday magic of desire." — The Globe & Mail
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64 pages / trade paper
Whatever it has taken to shape the prairie and its rhythm has also shaped and captured its people. Helen Mourre’s stories reveal these people in this place with subtle grace and dignity. The present is not merely an echo of the past, it is amplified by it. Yet there is no brashness here — the prairie will not tolerate it. There is only a wry awareness — authentic and honest.
young adult short fiction
208 pages / Mass Market
Lohans has had a number of successful publications for young adults, and all of her titles have been selected for the prestigious Our Choice list by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
“The good writing found in Lohans' three YA novels is equally present in this collection of ten short stories...”
– Quill & Quire.
Barclay, Pat. “Roads to maturity.” Books in Canada (October 1993): 57-8.
Baxter, Judy. Canadian Materials (October 1993): 190.
Canadian Content (Fall 1994): 1.
Caton, Jacolyn. “Children's book reviews.” Regina Sun . October 24, 1993.
Clemence, Verne. “Coastal crime, animal tales.” Western People . July 1, 1993: 2.
Green, Kelly L. Canadian Book Review Annual (March 1994): 6160.
Jenkinson, Dave. Quill & Quire (March 1993).
“Life never simple in adolescent world.” NeWest Review (December 1993/January 1994): 30.
MacCallum, Elizabeth. “The way to a summer of kids' content.” Globe and Mail . June 26, 1993.
Manning, Linda. “Three books make great summer holiday reading.” Cobourg Daily Star . August 7, 1993. 5.
Newson, Lynda. “Alison Lohans.” Children's Book News (November 12, 1994).
Simmie, Lois. “Lohans paints striking pictures of adolescence.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . September 25, 1993. D4.
young adult fiction anthology
188 pages / trade paper
Peter Carver, Editor
A sequel to the acclaimed Blue Jean Collection, Notes Across the Aisle contains the best stories from the 1994 cross Canada Young Adult Short Story Competition.
“Dynamite for a school curriculum.” — Quill & Quire.
“This cover is an intriguing invitation to a collection of stories so strong they could be used as examples of the recognized principles of successful short story writing for children and adolescents.”
– Regina Sun.
Notes Across the Aisle will provide a wide base for teen discussion of and response to critical issues and morals and values education.
Beaty, Mary. Quill & Quire .
Caton, Jacolyn. “Anthology speaks the language of young adults.” NeWest Review (August/September 1996): 31.
Caton, Jacolyn. “Children's book reviews.” Regina Sun . May 5, 1996. 28.
Clemence, Verne. “Signs of spring arrive.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . May 13, 1995.
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 77.
de Vos, Gail. Resource Links (April 1996): 175-6.
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Young adult short fiction anthology
177 pages / trade paper
Opening Tricks fills a void that has long existed in the Canadian literary landscape: humourous short fiction for young adults. These stories represent a wide range of themes and styles, from the ironies and banalities of everyday teenage life, to the strange, bizarre world of the imagination.
This anthology is the reward of Thistledown’s third national competition for young adult short stories, and these thirteen original fictions are spirited and engaging. The two winning stories are “The Trickster” by Jacqueline Pearce, and “Mom?!” by Diana C. Aspin. This collection includes some of the best young adult authors in Canada, from talented newcomers to award-winning bookshelf names.
Opening Tricks also contains stories by: Cheryl Archer, Karen Krossing, R.P. MacIntyre, Eric Nicol, Sharon Stewart, Beverley Brenna, Shelley A. Leedahl, Barry Mathias, Janice Scott, Jennifer Taylor, and Ed Yatscoff.
Young adult short fiction
112 pages / trade paper
Paradise Café and Other Stories was chosen as winner of the 1989 Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award, and winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Choice Award in 1991. It was also nominated for the Governor General's Award.
Paradise Café and Other Stories is a landmark in short fiction for young adults. With humour and insight Brooks approaches the problems and concerns of teenagers in a variety of settings and time periods. Without sentimentality she portrays love and romance, dreams of achievement, and the cold war between the generations, as experienced by both boys and girls.
Bardolph, Jacqueline. Canadian Literature no. 129 (Summer 1991): 169-70.
Comeau, Pauline. i>Winnipeg Free Press . December 14, 1988.
Creed, Carolyn Hoople. Prairie Fire 10.2 (Summer 1989): 92-3.
Granfield, Linda. Books in Canada (June/July 1989): 33-4.
Haupt, Allison. Vancouver Sun . November 10, 1989. E5.
Hughes, Susan. Quill & Quire (June 1989): 10.
International Youth Library (July 1990).
Johnson, Melissa. Halifax Daily News Sunday Magazine. April 23, 1989. 9.
Kennedy, Janice. Montreal Gazette. March 11, 1989.
Kirchhoff, H. J. Globe and Mail.
Lennon, Gail. Canadian Materials 17.2 (March 1989): 68.
Lipscomb, Claire. NeWest Review (June/July 1989): 53-4.
McCracken, Melinda. Border Crossings (Spring 1989): 48.
Norrie, Helen. Winnipeg Free Press. February 18, 1989.
Rae, Arlene Perly. Toronto Star . June 24, 1989. M13.
Robertson, Bill. Saskatoon StarPhoenix. May 13, 1989.
Wyman, Max. Vancouver Province . August 20, 1989. 75.
trade paper/64 pages
In this compelling story, a landfill is imagined that once was Saskatchewan.
“It is as grim and depressing as dystopian fiction usually is, and the author is strikingly good at rendering the grimness...” — NeWest Review.
Denham, Paul. “Thistledown's New Leaves.” NeWest Review (February/March 1994): 31-2.
Smith, Ann Moynes. Canadian Book Review Annual (Winter 1994): 3051-2.
young adult short fiction anthology
152 pages / trade paper
Preceded by The Blue Jean Collection and Notes Across the Aisle, Takes is the third collection of short fiction for young adults by Thistledown Press, and is edited by the award-winning author of Yuletide Blues and The Blue Camaro, R.P. MacIntyre.
Highly readable issue-oriented fictions.
“Takes is the third anthology of short fiction for young adults, and the company is obviously onto something.”
– Quill & Quire.
“I would recommend Takes for all young adult collections.”
– Resource Links.
Aker, Don. Books in Canada (February 1997).
Caton, Jacolyn. “Children's book reviews.” Regina Sun . July 7, 1996. 36.
Cherneski, Jana. “Collection focusses on youthful issues.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . November 16, 1996.
Craig, Terry. “Literacy alive: MacIntyre.” Saskatoon Free Press . July 20, 1997. 12.
Holeman, Linda. Prairie Fire 18.2 (Summer 1997): 138.
Jenkinson, Dave. “The Young Adult Canadian Book Award.” Resource Links (June 1997): 237.
Jones, Elaine. Resource Links (October 1996): 29.
Lohans, Alison. “Real world of teenagers.” NeWest Review (February/March 1997): 31.
trade paper / 160 pages / 1994
From the winner of the 1993 Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award and the author of the immensely popular novel Yuletide Blues, comes a stunning new collection of short fiction that will move you to both laughter and tears.
“... a collection of short stories that is, quite simply, a terrific success.”
— Books in Canada.
Barclay, Pat. “Inspired lessons.” Books in Canada (December 1994): 57-8.
Canadian Content (Fall 1994).
Caton, Jacolyn. “Children's Book Reviews.” Regina Sun . October 9, 1994.
Clemence, Verne. “Luck, he claims. . . don't believe it.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . August 6, 1994. C6.
Demers, Patricia. “Crashing ahead from moment to moment: teen short stories.” Canadian Children's Literature 80 (1995): 77-8.
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Book Review Annual (January 1995): 6151.
Mackey, Margaret. Canadian Materials (November/December 1994): 230.
Mortin, Jenni. “MacIntyre speaks for male teens.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . August 6, 1994. C6.
Norrie, Helen. “Powerful stories amuse and horrify.” Winnipeg Free Press . October 9, 1994.
Pearson, Kit. Quill & Quire (June 1994).
Pugh, Terry. “Blue Camaro navigates uncertain road.” NeWest Review (December 1994/January 1995): 28.
240 pages / Mass Market
In 1991 Thistledown sought out the best in young adult short fiction by holding a national competition. The nineteen stories here are a testament to the skill and diversity of Canada's YA short fiction authors, and include R.P. MacIntyre's story “The Rink” which won the 1993 Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award.
“Given the range in subject matter, and altogether high quality of the writing, this is a book that deserves to be widely circulated through libraries and classrooms across the country.” — Quill & Quire (starred review).
Bergen, Clarence. “Blue Jean collection aimed at nation's youth.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . October 24, 1992. C7.
Bly, David. “Collection worth spot on the shelf.” Calgary Herald . November 21, 1992. C7.
Boulanger, Annie. Burnaby Now / Royal City Recorder . August 25, 1993.
Brown, Joyce. Canadian Materials (October 1992): 271.
Buchanan, Joan. Canadian Book Review Annual (1993): 314-5.
Cherland, Meredith. “Good books for middle years kids.” In The Middle . 11.3: 30.
Demers, Patricia. Canadian Children's Literature . No. 80 (1995): 78.
Henderson, Jay. “New books make for great stocking stuffers.” Cochrane This Week . December 8, 1992. 14.
Hughes, Susan. Halifax Mail-Star . December 4, 1992.
Novak, Barbara. “Publishers of children's books are headed for their busy season.” London Free Press . November 28, 1992
“YA winners.” Atlantic Books Today (Fall 1992).
trade paper /132 pages / 1997
The Crying Jesus will delight and provoke all MacIntyre enthusiasts — young and old alike. The stories present a group of young protagonists eagerly balanced on the fulcrum between what is all too familiar and what can only be surmised. The wit is there as always — the laconic, authentic mockery of estranged young people — but the worlds out of which these voices speak form a new, eccentric universe. MacIntyre’s imagination is at once bizarre and illuminating.
“In this, his second collection, Rod MacIntyre nabs us in every first paragraph . . . The Crying Jesus is a fine adult read for those of us who can face looking back. It’s an even finer young adult read for those who can face looking ahead.”
– Quill and Quire.
Brenna, Beverley. “Realistic fiction pushes social boundaries.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . December 6, 1997.
Toten, Teresa. Quill & Quire Quotables (November 11, 1997).
Darleen Golke. Canadian Materials (April 24, 1998)
Student Response Guide Available
280 pages / Mass Market
The Lady at Batoche is a story of three young people who are changed forever by the brutal simplicities of battle. It shares the same meticulous research and vivid recreation of history as Richards’ much-praised first novel, Soldier Boys but it also answers some of the more puzzling riddles of the Métis rebellion: why did Gabriel Dumont, the brilliant soldier and hardnosed entrepreneur, put such faith in the unworldly visions of Louis Riel? Why were the implacable enemies, Dakota and Cree warriors, both on the Métis side? And how did the Métis get outflanked by General Middleton’s forces?
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104 pages / trade paper
Sharon Gibson Palermo
This historical fiction takes up the perspective of a ten year old girl whose father is an Italian “detainee” in Atlantic Canada during the Second World War.
“Palermo uses a familiar YA style that makes the 1940s seem contemporary...The language is vivid...the story's sense of a terrible wrongdoing comes across loud and clear.”
– Quill & Quire.
This novel would make an excellent starting point for student investigations into the principle of equality.
Beaton, Virginia. “Neglected history recounted in children's novel.” Halifax Chronicle-Herald . July 14, 1995. B2.
Fazio, Venera. “At a glance.” Eyetalian (Winter 1996): 30-1.
Garvie, Maureen. Quill & Quire (May 1995).
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 66.
Johnston, Ingrid. Resource Links (February 1996): 129.
MacDonald, Cathy. “Keeping the enthusiasm high.” Halifax Daily News . September 8, 1996. 50.
Matthews, Katherine. Children's Book News, Canadian Children's Book Centre 19.1 (Winter 1996): 16.
“Novels with a touch of reality.” Atlantic Books Today (Summer 1995): 13.
“StoryMakers presents 'The Lie That Had To Be' - May 7.” Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1995).
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183 pages / trade paper
The Places Where Names Vanish explores the frightening, encoded, and potentially explosive realities of Quebec and Montreal as seen by Ecuadorean expatriates. Marta longs for escape from her impoverished village, where she is pulled between traditionalism, spiritualism, Catholicism, and a dirty, brutal reality. She gives herself to a soldier stationed nearby who dreams of North America and a career in music. They leave and Marta learns the refugee's signposts: Escape, Exile, Endurance. The Places Where Names Vanish is a wonderfully evocative, subtle and heartfelt novel, which concentrates on one brave human spirit, but raises more questions than any sociological expose.
“Book Briefs,” Ottawa Citizen, November 8, 1998
Besner, Neil. “Letters in Canada 1998: English Fiction,” University of Toronto Quarterly, (Fall 1999-Winter 2000)
Fagan, Cary. “Olé for the ‘sin of self-love,’” Montreal Gazette, June 6, 1998
Keller, Betty. “New books examine dark side of the Canadian dream,” Coast Independent, September 7, 1998
Peters, Joanne.“The Places Where Names Vanish,” Canadian Materials, Vol. V No. 4, October 16, 1998
Rengger, Patrick, “Humane novel is missing its heart,” The Globe and Mail, June 27, 1998
352 pages / Mass Market
The third book in the popular Freyan Trilogy, The Turning Time picks up the adventures of Kerstin Speller, now eighteen years old, as she returns to her homeland and finds she must once again fight prejudice against her friends from neighbouring Uglessia, Freya's old rival nation.
Kerstin must stand up against the powers-that-be in order to ensure that justice and decency prevail under the most trying circumstances.
This novel culminates a work of wondrous scope and imagination, wherein Smith has created a world that is at once fantastic and compellingly real.
A provocative reconstruction of the Frog Lake Massacre of 1885 that draws on published accounts of survivors Theresa Gowanlock and William Cameron. A must read for anyone interested in the convolutions of Canadian history.
Canadian Content (Fall 1994): 14. Clemence, Verne. “Female voices heard in account of Frog Lake confrontation.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . April 3, 1993.
Conte, Christy. Canadian Book Review Annual (1993): 185.
Hildebrandt, Walter. “Native tales show depth of frustration.” Calgary Herald . June 26, 1993. C12.
Kennedy, Michael P. J. “Common participants offer unique view of historic events.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . June 19, 1993. D6.
Kulak, Lorne. “Thistledown Fiction.” NeWest Review (June/July 1993): 32-3.
Moore, John. “Scenes from a massacre.” Vancouver Sun Saturday Review . May 29, 1993.
Ritz, Earla. Dandelion 20.1: 76-7.
Schmidt, Lisa. Prairie Fire 14.2 (Summer 1993): 105-7.
310 pages / Mass Market
This intensely drawn fantasy novel for young adults explores the complications arising from a blind acceptance of history, and the universal dilemmas facing a young person who is forced to grow up.
“Wind Shifter is a powerful novel that will give young readers plenty to think about.”
– Quill & Quire.
This fantasy novel will provide an excellent base for adventure-myth study.
Altmann, Anna. Resource Links (February 1996): 129.
Barbour, Douglas. “Snow Dragon breathes the magic of life's journey.” Edmonton Journal . November 26, 1995. F7.
Bellingham, Brenda. Children's Book News , Canadian Children's Book Centre 19.1 (Winter 1996): 16.
Benoit, Bonnie. “Editor's guest reviews.” Dandelion 24.1 (1997): 79.
Findon, Joanne. Quill & Quire (May 1995).
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 68-9.
Lyons, Terri L. “Making wizards work together.” Canadian Children's Literature 82 (1996): 94.
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256 pages / Mass Market
If you enjoy a mixture of history and fiction, this account of the Battle of Fish Creek is for you.
“Soldier Boys is a novel which transforms the Northwest Rebellion from a history lesson into a human drama.”
– NeWest Review.
An easy-read novel that provides a successful link between historical events surrounding Riel and the growth-to-maturity of teens.
Bennett, Nelson. “Author writes history for teens.” Moose Jaw Times Herald . August 20, 1993.
Boer, Fred. “Briefly Noted.” Quill & Quire (November 1993).
Bowman, Donna. Saskatchewan Library Association (Fall 1994).
Campbell, Jeff. “A fresh look at 1885 events.” New Breed Magazine - Métis Society of Saskatchewan (November/December 1993): 20.
Canadian Content (Fall 1994).
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Book Review Annual (1994): 6181.
Kirk, Heather. “Respecting their audience.” Books in Canada (December 1993): 57-8.
Klein, Gerry. “History 'stories' most readable.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . April 16, 1994. C17.
Manning, Linda. “Riel rebellion makes gripping story.” Cobourg Daily Star . November 2, 1993. 3.
Olson, Stephanie. Saskatchewan Teacher Librarian Newsletter The Medium 33.2: 58-9.
Pugh, Terry. “Books for Young Readers.” NeWest Review (December 1993/January 1994): 28-9.
Thomson, Caroline. Canadian Materials (November 1993): 215.
Walton, Grace. Saskatchewan Reading Council Query 22.3: 39.
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In this reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, the magical worlds of Saami shamanism and the Kalevala coexist with the polite Victorian society of nineteenth-century Scandanavia. At a time when traditional faith is challenged by modern science, the old pagan gods still haunt the northern forests. One of the novel's two heroines, Ritva, lives in this forest with her Saami shaman mother and robber-baron father until a cultured Danish teenager named Gerda is captured and brought to their camp. Gerda has embarked on a dangerous quest to rescue her friend Kai from the Snow Queen, an evil enchantress whose wintry palace lies far to the north. Their quest leads each of the young women to a fuller understanding of their possible roles in the world, and the need for each to find their individual futures on their own terms. Kernaghan blends fantasy and historical realism to create an enchanting, provocative story that will inspire readers of all ages.
"Kernaghan takes thebones of original fantasy and adds real period detail and strong characterization to create a vividly textured story." — SF Site Reviews
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Mass Market /240 pages
From R.P. MacIntyre, the 1993 winner of the Vicky Metcalf Short Stort Award, Yuletide Blues has become a hit with young audiences. The deadpan, comedian's voice of the teenaged protagonist is fresh, disconcerting and hilarious, as Lanny relates his worst Christmas. An avid hockey player with an aversion for piano lessons, Lanny receives a couple of rude but enlightening shocks that force him to reevaluate both himself and his relationships with family and friends. A classic Christmas story.
Haans, Dave. “Between Despair and Distanced Surety: Yuletide Blues .” Canadian Children's Literature (May 1993): 76.
Boulanger, Annie. “Fill summer's last days with portable adventure.” Royal City Record/Now . August 25, 1993. 16.
Findon, Joanne. "Growing Up Complicated.” Quill & Quire (November 1991).
Beaton, Virginia. Books in Canada (December 1991): 39.
Bergen, Clarence. “Fresh taste of Youth.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . September 21, 1991. C10.
Broughton, Katheryn. Canadian Materials (November 1991): 358-9.
Boulanger, Annie. “Take a good book to bed.” Burnaby Now . August 25, 1993. 22.
Books in Canada (December 1992): 39.
Denham, Paul. "Briefly Noted.” NeWest Review (April/May 1993): 17.
Gibb, Marie. “Yuletide Blues is a must read.” Calgary Herald . February 15, 1992. G7.
Henderson, Jay. “Belly laughs beat the blues.” Cochrane This Week . April 6, 1993.
Mackey, Margaret. Canadian Materials (November 1991): 358-9.
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336 pages / Mass Market
Offside is a novel for young adults that deftly blends Canada's love affair with hockey and the gritty realities of teen addiction.
Based on real events that took place in Calgary, Offside is the fictional story of a fifteen-year-old boy who inadvertently creates a dependency amongst his teammates on a cold remedy which they think is a performance enhancer. Beveridge sets the often difficult realities of family and peer groups against a narrative (at times comic, at others serious) that balances exciting hockey action with the experiences of depression and drug use. Cinematic in scope, Offside is sure to appeal to all teen readers.
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191 pages / trade paper
The Spiral Maze is Bow's most ambitious novel so far, combining the pace and tension of the best adventure stories, with a brilliant conceived “other world” which in fact grew from the warped imagination of the protagonist's undead, tyrranical ancestor. The way between worlds is the Spiral Maze itself: an innocent swirl of yew hedges on a hill top which can transform itself into an alleyway of terror, where the searchers become the hunted. Into the maze go Neil and his friend Fleur, following what may be the ghost of Neil's twin brother, Jasper. Their mission is to rescue Charlotte, a young woman who has been trapped at the heart of the maze for more than a century. But even if they can solve the maze, and find their way through, there is the problem of getting back.
The Spiral Maze invites students to consider the themes of identity and responsibility while it entertains in high order.
Brenna, Beverley. Saskatoon StarPhoenix . August 16, 1997.
Ross, Veronica. Kingston-Waterloo Record . February 20, 1998.
Toten, Teresa. Quill & Quire Quotables (June 1997).
Alison Mews. Canadian Materials (April 10, 1998)
168 pages/trade paper
What is young David Livingstone doing on the run in Africa, with his mother’s credit card in his pocket and the Tanzanian police in hot pursuit? And what is he doing on Hell Road, a potholed obstacle course to the Zambian border, where cannibals lie in wait — car cannibals that is — and the rumour of Duma the Cheetah keeps spreading?
The truth is that David can’t answer these questions himself. He’s bent on reaching Victoria Falls, the Smoke That Thunders.
This is a very funny, deadpan, provocative book. And PJ Reece knows from the inside an Africa few of us have read about — colourful, contradictory, and confounding every stereotype of the “dark continent”.
young adult novel
325 pages / Mass Market
Dance of the Snow Dragon is an engrossing tale of spiritual develpment and magical wonder set in the Buddhist enclaves of the Himalayas. This unique coming-of-age novel allows for in-depth comparisons between Far Eastern mysticism and North American adventure.
“Kernaghan unwinds this tale with powerful force and tight control.”
– Quill & Quire.
“This is one of the best fantasies for young people that I have read for some time.”
– Vancouver Sun.
Barbour, Douglas. “Snow Dragon breathes the magic of life's journey.” Edmonton Journal . November 26, 1995.
B.C. Bookworld (Autumn 1996): 42.
Beaty, Mary. Quill & Quire (June 1995).
Boulanger, Annie. “Meeting a new challenge.” Burnaby Now . June 28, 1995. 11.
Boulanger, Annie. “Writers honour Kernaghan's contributions.” Royal City Record/Now . June 28, 1995. 14.
Deakin, Andrea. “Surprises and delights in fact and fiction.” Vancouver Sun . August 26, 1995.
Harris, Mark. “Fantasy's world divided.” Vancouver Sun . November 18, 1995.
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 56-7.
Keller, Better. “Philosophical aspects add spice to familiar genres.” Coast Independent . October 21, 1996. 2.
Litva, Tanya. “Dial m for mother.” B.C. Bookworld (Summer 1995): 10.
Lyons, Terri L. “A spiritual quest.” Canadian Children's Literature (Spring 1996): 61-2.
Rothstein, Ellen. “The portrait: Eileen Kernaghan.” Bookmark (March 1995): 137-8.
de Vos, Gail. Resource Links (February 1996): 128.
Walsh, Jim. British Columbia Library Association Reporter (November 1995): 15-6.
128 pages / trade paper
An anthology of new poetry celebrating Thistledown's first decade of literary publishing. The work of 37 poets is included, ranging from the intensely lyrical to the narrative and anecdotal— a potpourri of engaging visions and lively language. Authors represented include Lorna Crozier, John V. Hicks, Patrick Lane, Monty Reid, Glen Sorestad, and Eva Tihanyi.
“Dancing Visions is rich with quality selections from an impressive cross-section of Canadian poets.”
– Poetry Canada Review.
In Search of Canadian Materials (1987): 40
Kent, David. Canadian Book Review Annual (1985): 170
Library Materials Guide (1987): 100
Marken, Ronald. CBC-AM Regina. November 1985
Markin, Allan. Poetry Canada Review 8.2,3 (Spring 1987)
Moulton-Barrett, Donalee. Canadian Materials 14.3 (May 1986)
Sutherland, Fraser. “Poetry: prairie fluff and social Rielism.” The Globe and Mail. January 11, 1986
192 pages / trade paper
Thistledown Press, eds.
Batoche and Riel have evoked and provoked a diversity of responses from some of Canada's finest poets over the past century, and this groundbreaking anthology presents them in one volume.
This anthology is a must for all students engaged in the study of the Canadian Identity.
“No Feather, No Ink...gives us a good sampling of the first hundred years in the Canadian consciousness.”
— Poetry Canada Review
Almon, Bert. Poetry Canada Review (Summer 1986): 52-3. – Books in Canada (March 1986): 42.
Davey, Frank. “Real Riel.” Canadian Literature no. 111 (Winter 1986): 176-8
Flanagan, Thomas. “Louis Riel: a review essay.” Journal of Canadian Studies 21.2 (Summer 1986): 157-64.
In Search of Canadian Materials (1987): 39
Journal of Commonwealth Literature 21.2 (1986): 54-5
Klooss, Wolfgang. Malahat Review no. 77 (December 1986): 141-3
Lynch, Gerald. Journal of Canadian Poetry. vol 2 (1987): 55-7
Marken, Ronald. CBC-Regina “Ambience.” November 1985
Nowlan, Michael O. Canadian Book Review Annual (1985): 190
Shay, Timothy. “Poetic justice.” Books in Canada (January/February 1986): 29-30
Sutherland, Fraser. “Poetry: prairie fluff and social Rielism.” Globe and Mail. January 11, 1986.
trade paper/112 pages
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains is adapted from Marty Chan’s successful radio series The Dim Sum Diaries. Set in a French Canadian town in rural Alberta, the novel develops the coming to awareness of a Chinese boy in a community under the myriad of ethnic influences including French, English and Ukrainian and the ever present “red neck” attitude. As serious as the novel’s thematic dispatch is, Chan’s buoyant, gifted humour overrides the tone. After all, Marty thinks he is an alien. This is his secret, Remi Sasseville finds out, and as boys do, he forms a unique friendship with Marty. The alien invasion romp that follows is as entertaining as it is unique.
"Highly Recommended" — Canadian Materials
Grades 3-7 / Ages 8-12
230 pages/trade paper
A year in the lives, dreams and awakenings of the Protheroe family. Baby Dion is brain-damaged at birth, yet he is a sweet and powerful influence on his parents, his five sisters and his grandparents. Under his spell, the reader travels through the minds of three generations: a group of wonderfully individual people who nevertheless define family in a wholly original and exciting way.
This novel provides an intimate connection to the study of family values and responsibilities. Senior students will be riveted.
“The Lavender Child reminds me of the best of Anne Tyler and Barbara Kingsolver, confident, witty, tender and smart . . "An auspicious debut, sassy, clear-eyed and beautifully told.” – Sandra Birdsell
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