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The Garneau block
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.
The gates of the sun
Par Sharon Butala. 1986
The horseman's graves: a novel
Par Jacqueline Baker. 2007
Set in the farmland on the Saskatchewan-Alberta border. The Schoffs are immigrant farmers fractured by the tragedy that has marked…their son forever. Métis farmhand Lathias becomes the unofficial guardian to the boy. Both boys are drawn to young Elisabeth. When she falls into the river, no one can foresee how this event will mark everyone. 2007.
Par Margaret Laurence. 1974
The troubled journey of a prairie novelist from the social cruelty of her village to a modicum of personal serenity…and professional success. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Winner of the 1974 Governor General's Award for Fiction.
The crazy man
Par Pamela Paige Porter. 2005
1965. After Emaline, 11, is crippled in a tractor accident, Daddy kills her beloved dog, Prince, and walks away from…their Saskatchewan farm. Mom takes in Angus from the local mental hospital to help with the farm work, but the neighbours jeer and complain about the crazy man. Emaline sees Angus' kindness and strength, but it is only when he performs the ultimate act of heroism that others in the town finally recognize his worth as a human being. Grades 4-7. Winner of the 2007 Golden Oak Award. Winner of the 2005 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature. 2005.
The chrome suite
Par Sandra Birdsell. 1992
Set in Manitoba, this emotionally-charged story reaches back nearly four decades into the life of present-day scriptwriter Amy Barber. Now…in her forties, Amy begins to remember her past in vivid and haunting ways. As she travels to Toronto with her Polish lover, a parallel with this past begins to emerge. 1992.
The book of Stanley
Par Todd Babiak. 2007
Stanley Moss is a retired florist, stricken with cancer, and living quietly with his wife Frieda in Edmonton. One day,…Stanley experiences a boom and a flash, and then discovers that he has the strength of ten men, can read minds and fulfill people's dreams - and his illness has vanished. He and his disciples start The Stan, a new religion, and invite the world to join, but when the world shows up, along with the international media and an angry long-dead spiritualist, things take an unexpected turn. Some descriptions of violence and sex. Some strong language. c2007.
The archaeolojesters: Book 1 (Archaeolojesters. #1.)
Par Andreas Oertel. 2010
Sultana, Manitoba. It's so dry all summer that campers and tourists aren't coming, and Cody's best friend's mom may lose…her job at the diner. So Cody, Eric, and Eric's twin sister Rachel create an "ancient" Egyptian tablet, and suddenly archaeologists, reporters, and tourists are rushing over to take a look. When one suspicious stranger starts trailing their every move, the kids realize that their hoax may have gone too far. Followed by "The Archaeolojesters, Book 2: Pillars of Time". Grades 5-8. Some descriptions of violence. 2010. (Archaeolojesters ; 1)
Swimming into darkness
Par Gail Helgason. 2001
Stain of the berry: a Russell Quant mystery (A Russell Quant mystery)
Par Anthony Bidulka. 2006
Private detective Russell Quant is asked by the family of a suicide victim to uncover the real cause of death.…He works to narrow his list of suspects only to find the number of victims growing, and the trail of fear connects him to a vast landscape of people, including an elegant potash miner, dubious trailer park denizens, reticent farm folk, and the Pink Gopher choir. Explicit strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and explicit descriptions of violence. c2006. (A Russell Quant mystery)
Par Annette Lapointe. 2006
Loner Rowan Friesen has made a career in Saskatoon of drug-dealing and theft. A self-taught science geek, he was raised…by back-to-the-land parents until his father became schizophrenic and his mother followed her own path toward selfhood. Eventually finding friendship and even love within the university community, Rowan moves toward making a reluctant peace with all those who made him angry. Descriptions of sex and violence, strong language. 2006.
Par Maggie Siggins. 2016
A story of the complicated, fragile and sometimes fatal relations between Indigenous people and settlers in Northern Saskatchewan in the…1920s. Aboriginal spiritual traditions are beginning to cross paths with the construction of a residential school, and ancient acts of violent vengeance are shaping the trajectory of events in the town 200 years later. The conflicts between Aboriginals and settlers, Protestants and Catholics, young and old, traditional and progressive, material and spiritual, all shape life in the little Northern community. 2016.
Section lines: a Manitoba anthology
Par Mark Duncan. 1988
Seasons of bliss (Saskatchewan saga. #4.)
Par Ruth Glover. 2002
Arriving in the Canadian frontier settlement of Bliss, Tieney Caulder is stunned to find sweetheart Robert Dunbar engaged to another…woman. Sent to the New World by his father to stake a claim for the family, Robert has now promised to marry a dying widow. As Tierney and Robert struggle, the continuing romance between Molly Morrison and the Reverend Parker Jones reaches a conclusion. Sequel to "Journey to Bliss" (DC31009). Followed by "Bittersweet Bliss" (DC33779). c2002. (Saskatchewan saga ; 4)
Runner (Lorimer Sidestreets Ser.)
Par Peter McPhee. 1999
Kyle's fourteen-year-old sister has run away; haunted by the idea that her disappearance is his fault, he sets off to…track her down. His search takes him to an underworld of abandoned buildings and after-hours bars, street kids and a way of life he never knew existed. As Kyle uncovers clues to his sister's whereabouts, he realizes her life is in grave danger. A dark, suspenseful look at Calgary's street scene. 1999.
Par Donald Percy Dickinson. 2000
It is 1958 in the tourist outpost of Wasagam, Saskatchewan. Robbie Hendershot, the eleven-year-old son of a World War II…rear gunner and his British war bride, is embarking on a summer that will change his outlook on life forever. When his British granddad takes his mother and younger brother back to England, he is left behind to uncover the mysteries of family, religion, friendship and the price of war. Strong language, some descriptions of violence and sex. c2000.
Real life: short stories
Par Sharon Butala. 2002
In these short stories, Butala introduces the reader to a number of women who are experiencing bitter difficulties - cancer,…rape, beatings from husbands. Throughout the collection, as these women feel trapped by fate or circumstance, the question returns again and again: what is free will and what is unavoidable destiny? Is fate, as she asks in the title story, "met" or "made"? Some descriptions of sex, violence and some strong language. 2002.
Reading by lightning
Par Joan Thomas. 2008
Lily Piper and her family believe that the Lord will pluck them from the drought-ravaged Prairie at any moment, so…Lily tries to be ready, despite feeling that she is not the daughter her mother wants. In her teens, Lily is sent to England to care for her Grandmother, and learns to experience life in all its ambiguity while waiting for the outbreak of World War II. But then news she has been dreading arrives, and she is called home to face a future she thought she had escaped. c2008.
Par Adele Dueck. 2011
It's 1908, and twelve year old Erik faces the challenges of adapting to pioneer life on the Canadian prairie, and…understanding what's really going on in his family. Grades 5-8. 2011.
Prairie fire! (The bains Ser.)
Par Bill Freeman. 1998
In 1876, the Bains family travel to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba to claim free land for a homestead. Conflict over…land rights smoulders between the Métis and the English settlers, leaving the Bains family in the middle. As relationships deteriorate, forcing everyone to take sides, a natural disaster occurs. Will the two sides be able to work together? Grades 5-8. 1998.