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Par Forrest Leo. 2016
Distraught at the loss of his inspiration, Lionel Savage, a poet from Victorian London, accidentally conjures the Devil and realizes… that he has inadvertently sold his rich wife's soul to him, and plots a rescue mission to Hell with an assortment of unlikely companions. 2016.
Par J. P Donleavy. 1963
A bawdy comic novel centring on Sebastian Dangerfield, an ex-G.I. living in post-war Dublin with his wife and child, and… who occasionally studies at Trinity College. The author uses his main character to express "the sheer ache of living". Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1963.
Par John Dennis Fitzgerald. 1995
In this final book about the Great Brain J.D. narrates eight more tales about how his big brother, Tom, now… thirteen, continues to swindle people out of their money. Tom convinces J.D. to sell bars of soap, he almost outwits Polly Reagan in the spelling bee, and he helps rescue a gang of outlaws. Grades 4-7. 1995.
Par Todd Babiak. 2006
Meet the endearing but flawed residents of an Edmonton cul-de-sac, just after the scandalous death of a neighbour and the… sudden news that their land is about to be repossessed by the university. When mysterious signs begin to appear saying LET'S FIX IT, the block - including a sacked university professor, a once-ambitious, pregnant haiku expert living in her parents' basement, and a quiet but polite stranger - is galvanized in a wild attempt to save their homes. c2006.
Par Erma Bombeck. 1976
Humourist Erma Bombeck takes us on a guided tour of the suburbs. With her own family as the model, she… describes the bizarre experiences every family will face when moving to the suburbs, beginning with jumping in the station wagon. 1988, c1976.
Par Mike Thaler, Laura Driscoll, Sara London. 2000
In "The good luck glasses", Nomi has some bad luck when she turns seven - she can't see the blackboard… at school, gets in trouble for squinting at her brother, and trips over the cat. A trip to the eye doctor, and a pair of funky orange glasses, solves everything. Grades K-3. 2000. Taped with: "Name that Ed" by Laura Driscoll. Ed goes to a family reunion full of other Eds, like Red Ed and Well-fed Ed. Can Ed get himself a nickname too? Grades K-3. 2002. Taped with: "Cinderella bigfoot" by Mike Thaler. Poor Cinderella's feet are so big that she's considered a safety hazard and isn't invited to the ball! Grades K-3. 1997. Stories for the 2003 CNIB Summer Reading Club.
Par Muriel Spark. 1966
This is London 1945, when all nice people are poor. The author sets us down among the girls of good… family but slender means as they fight it out, from their Kensington hostel to the last clothing coupon until this light-hearted period in their lives descends into horror and tragedy. 1966.
Par P. G Wodehouse. 1970
Young Jerry West has a few problems. His uncle Crispin is broke and employs a butler who isn't all he… seems. His other uncle Willoughby is rich but won't hand over any of his inheritance. And to cap it all, although already engaged, Jerry has just fallen in love with the wonderful Jane Hunnicutt, whom he's just met on jury service. But she's an heiress, and that's a problem too - because even if he can extricate himself from his grasping fiancée Jerry can't be a gold-digger. 1970.
Par Rachel Willson-Broyles, Jonas Jonasson. 2014
On June 14, 2007, the king and prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal… Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill. The truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is a story about the seventh missile... the one that was never supposed to have existed. 2014. Uniform title: Analfabeten som kunde räkna
Par Roddy Doyle. 2000
The small furry Gigglers' favourite punishment for adults who are unfair to children is to place dog poo in their… path. Now the Gigglers are after Mr. Mack and plan to use his family's dog, Rover (who can talk), to supply the poo. But perhaps they are making a mistake. Grades 2-4. 2000.
Par Roald Dahl. 1985
A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican,… and a monkey. Together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Grades 3-6. 1985.
Par George MacDonald Fraser. 1986
Par Dan Gutman. 2004
Gina, the 11-year-old head of the Get Rich Quick Club, cooks up a crazy scheme to make money buy selling… a story about visiting aliens to a tabloid. But before the club knows it, their UFO photo touches off a nationwide frenzy, they have their pictures in newspapers across the country, and masses of "UFO nuts" flood their town. Grades 3-6. 2004.
Par Fred Blunt, Michelle Robinson. 2016
A forgetful narrator tries to tell the tale of a knight's adventures, but can't quite remember the details. Did that… knight carry a sandwich, or a sword? Was he supposed to fight a cat, or a dragon? At last, the narrator remembers a very important thing right before the end. Grades K-3. 2016.
Par Jack Prelutsky. 2002
A collection of rhyming poems set in such places as Tuscaloosa, Tucumcari, and the Grand Canyon. These funny verses are… about people and animals, often doing unusual things, like "Seven snails and seven snakes/ swam around the five Great Lakes." For grades K-3. 2002.
Par Lafcadio Hearn, Arlene Mosel. 1972
Par Michael Wex. 2010
The Frumkiss family doesn't look much different from any of the others in Toronto's Bathurst Manor: Grandpa survived the Holocaust;… Grandma the Second came from Poland at the age of five; Dad's a foot doctor; Mom is dead; and her mother - Grandma Number One - died while giving birth to her in Kazakhstan. As far as the Frumkisses know, all that distinguishes them from anybody else is that Grandpa is a famous Yiddish writer who ended up working for the CBC. But Grandpa's death sets off a chain of events that force the Frumkisses to see how different their family is from all the others. Some descriptions of sex, explicit strong language. 2010.
Par Cary Fagan. 2004
The Blande family is going on a quest to the Verulian Mountains to find out who is stealing the fountains… of Rome. Along the way, they must face Kaspar Snit, an evil genius. Grades 3-6. 2004.
Par Kingsley Amis. 1990
Mild-mannered Harry Caldecote, a retired librarian, is determined to protect his time and privacy, but his sense of responsibility for… an assortment of extended family members and friends leads to a life of adventure. Some strong language. 1990.
Par Anthony Horowitz. 2004
After his older brother, a fledgling private detective, agrees to safeguard a package for a dwarf who does not live… long, thirteen-year-old Nick scampers to solve the mystery while also trying to stay one step ahead of an assortment of thugs. Some descriptions of violence. 2004, c1986, 1995.