Canadian fiction

  • Author:
    Fitzpatrick, Jamie
    Summary:

    Derek is forty-one years old. His girlfriend has just left him, his father, a local DJ, is about to go to court, and his rec hockey team is up in arms about a TV reporter's attempts to glorify their weekly games. When Derek's half-brother, Curtis, comes home, the visit stirs up nagging questions about their parents' early days. Having grown up after the decline of whatever might have been the real Newfoundland, Derek and his teammates are generally at a loss to defend the urban, mostly wayward lives they occupy. Set into a wet spring in St. John's, You Could Believe in Nothing is a study in familiarity and self-definition, underlining how little we sometimes know about ourselves and those around us.

  • Author:
    Munro, Alice
    Summary:

    A collection of short stories: Royal beatings, Privilege, Half a grapefruit, Wild swans, The beggar maid, Mischief, Providence, Simon's luck, Spelling, Who do you think you are?

  • Author:
    Kent, Jennifer McGrath
    Summary:

    A summer hike in the New Brunswick woods turns into a nightmare when Shawn and his friends find themselves trapped by a raging forest fire. Now their only chance for survival may be the legendary White Caves...but can they find them in time? Join Shawn, Petra, Craig, Tony, and Hobart the dog--the heroes of Chocolate River Rescue--in their newest wilderness adventure!

  • Author:
    Mian, Sarah
    Summary:

    A decade after being cast off to live with strangers, Tabby Saint returns to Solace River, Nova Scotia, to find her childhood home deserted. She quickly latches on to the lonely tavern-keeper, West, who informs her that her family was run out of town. Tabby heads out to nearby Jubilant to find the fragments of her family: her addict sister, Poppy, and her two young kids; her brothers, Bird and Jackie, one crippled by a vicious attack and the other holding a dangerous grudge against the men responsible; a threadbare version of the bulletproof mother she remembers; and an ailing father, a man so vile he is unworthy of forgiveness even on his deathbed. Irreverent and mouthy as they ever were, the Saints are still a lightning rod for trouble. When a new storm arises, Tabby must choose whether to stay or run back the way she came.

  • Author:
    Raina, Arushi
    Summary:

    It’s 1976 in South Africa.

    Written from the points-of-view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto—Zanele, a black female student organizer, Meena, of South Asian background working at her father’s shop, Jack, an Oxford-bound white student, and Thabo, a teen gang-member or tsotsi—this book explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising and the edifice of Apartheid in a South Africa about to explode.

    In the black township of Soweto, Zanele, who also works as a nightclub singer, is plotting against the apartheid government. The police can’t know. Her mother and sister can’t know. No one can know.

    On the affluent white side of town, Jack Craven plans to spend the last days of his break before university burning miles on his beat up Mustang, and crashing other people’s parties.

    Their chance meeting changes everything.

    Already a chain of events are in motion; a failed plot, a murdered teacher, a powerful police agent with a vendetta, and a secret network of students across the township. The students will rise. And there will be violence when morning comes.

    Introducing readers to a remarkable young literary talent, When Morning Comes offers an impeccably researched and vivid snapshot of South African society on the eve of the uprising that changed it forever.

  • Author:
    Reid, Raziel
    Summary:

    School is just like a film set: there's The Crew that make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire. Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck! But train wrecks always make the front page.

  • Author:
    Davies, Robertson
    Summary:

    Book 2 of the Cornish Trilogy

    Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis's life were not always what they seemed.

  • Author:
    Hood, David
    Summary:

    On an October night in 1899 the body of a city councilman is found under a Halifax wharf. Detective Inspector Culligan Baxter embarks on an investigation that takes him along a path of connections and corruption, linking some of the city's most prominent businessmen. With pointed observations on human behaviour and on the changing character of the city, Detective Baxter conducts a sardonic inquiry into morality, justice, and the space in between.

  • Author:
    Atkinson, Dave
    Summary:

    Thirteen-year-old Kate, who belongs to a family of werewolves in rural New Brunswick, thinks she'd rather turn into a duck each full moon--that is if a werewolf-hunting journalist doesn't track down her family first!

  • Author:
    McDougall, Carol
    Summary:

    Set in a small northern town, under the mythical shadow of the Sleeping Giant, Wake the Stone Man follows the complicated friendship of two girls coming of age in the 1960s. Molly meets Nakina, who is Ojibwe and a survivor of the residential school system, in high school, and they form a strong friendship. As the bond between them grows, Molly, who is not native, finds herself a silent witness to the racism and abuse her friend must face each day. In this time of political awakening, Molly turns to her camera to try to make sense of the intolerance she sees in the world around her. Her photos become a way to freeze time and observe the complex human politics of her hometown. Her search for understanding uncovers some hard truths about Nakina?s past and leaves Molly with a growing sense of guilt over her own silence. When personal tragedy tears them apart, Molly must travel a long hard road in search of forgiveness and friendship.

  • Author:
    Goldemberg, Silvana
    Summary:

    After losing her parents, 14-year-old Victoria and her young twin brothers move in with their aunt. But shortly afterward, her aunt’s boyfriend attempts to assault her, and she runs away and learns to survive on the dangerous streets of Paraná, Argentina. Encountering a world of street kids, gangs and drug dealers, Victoria overcomes deprivation and great hardship. With the help of newly found friends and her single-minded determination to survive, she carves out a new life for herself and her little brothers.

  • Author:
    Mootoo, Shani
    Summary:

    In a well-to-do Trinidadian family, a father and his daughter struggle to find their true identities, both as individuals and as members of a tightly structured, traditional household. A story about the complex interaction of race, gender, class and sexuality.

  • Author:
    Boateng, Johnny
    Summary:

    KaLeah has just moved from Halifax to the small town of Trail, B.C. KaLeah's a natural at baseball, and it's what she loves to do most. But she is excluded and bullied by Nikki and her clique, the popular Valley Girls, because she is black and because she is better at softball than Nikki. She decides she wants to play baseball with the Trail Boys, the best players her age. Except it's an all-boys baseball team. But first KaLeah has to prove herself to the boys and the parents who don't want her to upstage their kids.

  • Author:
    Saucier, Jocelyne
    Summary:

    With twenty-one kids, the Cardinal family is a force of nature. And now, after not being in the same room for decades, they're congregating to celebrate their father, a prospector who discovered the zinc mine their now-deserted hometown in northern Quebec was built around. But as the siblings tell the tales of their feral childhood, we discover that Angele, the only Cardinal with a penchant for happiness, has gone missing- although everyone has pretended not to notice for years. Why the silence? What secrets does the mine hold?

  • Author:
    MacDonald, Hugh R.
    Summary:

    Set in a 1920s coal-mining town, 13-year-old JW Donaldson is a good student with a bright future. As school ended for the year in 1926, JW was looking forward to summer. His father works in the mine, and there is a lot of talk around town about the mines. JW doesn?t know the details. Slowly JW's parents reveal the truth: his father's hours have been reduced and they face difficult decisions to make ends meet that will impact on the young man?s life.

  • Author:
    Gorham, Vivien
    Summary:

    When thirteen-year-old Jamie Francis's parents divorced, she and her mother moved from Halifax to the small town of River Bend, Nova Scotia. Jamie doesn't have any friends and isn't sure how she'll ever make any, when she comes across a neglected-looking horse in a field: a golden palomino she names Peach. After befriending Peach's widowed owner, Jamie learns that her newfound friend is being sold to notorious horse-trainer, Valerie Scott, at nearby Tamarack Stables. Jamie offers to pitch in, mucking out stalls and doing chores around the barn, and becomes enchanted with the world of competitive horseback riding. She even makes a few friends -- including Val's cute red-headed son, Nick, and Naomi, a popular girl from school. But she still isn't sure if she fits in. If only she could ride Peach herself! Will horseback-riding be the key to Jamie's happiness, or will it gallop off into the sunset without her?

  • Author:
    Macdonald, Frank
    Summary:

    Colourful characters, subtle satire and social conscience is omnipresent in the hilarious adventures of Cape Breton pals Tinker and Blue in late-sixties San Francisco. It was Blue's idea to drive their fourth-hand 1957 push-button Plymouth out to San Francisco to check out the famed Haight-Ashbury district. Hitchhiking hippies, homespun humour, wit and wisdom, troubles in love and trouble with the law converge to make Tinker and Blue a funny and clever.

  • Author:
    Maher, Allison
    Summary:

    Andrew's mother, Marion, works for Epsom Electronics, a security company that makes high-tech spy gear. When she goes missing on the eve of a G8 summit in Halifax, Andrew and his father work desperately to find her. Luckily, Andrew and his best friend are no strangers to danger, and they follow Andrew's instincts-contrary to his father?s instructions. When the two friends are nearly caught in an explosion at Citadel Hill, Andrew realizes his mother could be in even more trouble than he thought. Enlisting help from a credulous news reporter, the boys chase clues all over the HRM, narrowly avoiding serious harm. Finally, they uncover a top-secret assassination plot-but are they just a little too late?

  • Author:
    Johnston, A. J. B.
    Summary:

    Set in early-18th-century France, Thomas: A Secret Life is the imagined life of Thomas Pichon. We first meet Thomas as a twelve-year old in the small town of Vire, Normandy. Precociously sensuous by nature, Thomas is inclined to poetry and religious/erotic imaginings. A series of adolescent adventures provide striking background to his character. Rejecting parental insistence that he become a priest, Thomas steals away to Paris in the middle of the night. There, nearly broke, Thomas works as a lowly office clerk, joins the ranks of aspiring French writers and makes extra money serving as a part-time spy for the police of Paris. But his careers advance too slowly for his liking, and he finds himself taking regular comfort and release in prostitutes' stalls. A rendezvous with a high-class courtesan brings a new possibility and Thomas plots a future in which he can have his cake and eat it too. Writer, lover, spy: Life is nowhere near as good or as easy as Thomas Pichon imagined it would be.

  • Author:
    Hallett, Michelle Butler
    Summary:

    "1593. Queen Elizabeth reigns from the throne while two rival spymasters--Sir Robert Cecil and the Earl of Essex--plot from the shadows. Their goal? To control succession upon the aged queen's death. The man on which their schemes depend? Christopher Marlowe, a cobbler's son from Canterbury who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet and playwright. Now that the plague has closed theatres, Marlowe must resume the work for which he was originally recruited: intelligence and espionage. Fighting to stay one step ahead in a dizzying game that threatens the lives of those he holds most dear, Marlowe comes to question his allegiances and nearly everything he once believed. As tensions mount, he is tossed into an impossible bind. He must choose between paths that lead either to wretched guilt and miserable death or to love and honour. An historical novel with a contemporary edge, This Marlowe measures the weight of the body politic, the torment of the flesh, and the state of the soul."--From publisher.

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