CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Sid the Kid and the Dryer: A Story About Sidney Crosby

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September 25, 2019 | Nimbus Publishing

Illustrated by Brenda Jones

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Milton the washing machine and W. P. (Whirlpool) the dryer are being delivered to a new home in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. The pair are excited to start their new jobs in the Crosby home, and are just getting settled in to the basement when “the kid” comes home from school. Sidney straps on a pair of Rollerblades, drags out a beat-up hockey net, and starts to practice. Every now and then a loud carrong echoes off W. P.’s shiny white enamel as the puck misses the net, prompting scolds from Sidney’s mother upstairs.

Eventually, the poor dryer needs to be replaced; it’s missing knobs and covered in dents. W. P. doesn’t want to go, and it’s up to Sidney to convince his dad that sometimes, being reminded of your mistakes is a good thing.

Available in Paperback.

September 13, 2006 | Nimbus Publishing

Illustrated by Brenda Jones

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Skunks for Breakfast

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Pamela is a normal girl from a normal family living a normal life, until one cold morning when she wakes up to the awful smell of skunk. But there aren't any skunks in Nova Scotia... right? Well, the nose knows. Pamela stinks, her father stinks, her sister stinks, and her mother stinks. Soon Pamela's life stinks--her friends at school won't come near her! And no matter how many skunks her father catches underneath the porch, there always seems to be another. Join Pamela and her father as they try their darndest to get rid of the smelly pests, one after the other after the other. 

Available in Paperback.

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Carrie Loses Her Nerve

May 1, 2003 | Formac Publishing

Illustrated by Mark Thurman

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Carrie has made a demo tape and wants to sing in her brother's band at an outdoor festival. Ernie lets her sing one song. Full of confidence from her first public performance, Carrie goes off to her first day of school. Sadly, her friends are in another class and the girls in her room make fun of her. When it's her turn to stand up and introduce herself, she is tongue-tied. How can it be that she can sing but she can't talk in front of a crowd? Her confidence crumbles. 

Available in Paperback and Hardcover.

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Carrie's Camping Adventure

May 15, 2001 | Formac Publishing

Illustrated by Mark Thurman

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Carrie says she'll organize everything for a camping trip if only her mother will take her and her brother and their best friends for a first-ever night in the woods. Once they arrive at the campground, they find out Carrie forgot to pack the food. Mom leaves the kids to figure out how to pitch the tent, make a fire, and entertain themselves.

Available in Paperback and Hardcover.

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Far Enough Island

August 1, 2000 | Pottersfield Press

Illustrated by Jill Quinn

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Sarah's family has had a streak of bad luck. Her father is a fisherman and the fish have disappeared. Her mother is worried all the time. It seems that nothing is going right for her family. Sarah's best friend is her dog, Jeremiah, who came into her life in the night in the middle of a horrendous storm. Sarah is concerned about her unhappy mother and her father - who doesn't always make the right decisions. Here is a story about a young girl's belief in herself, a family's struggle to survive and the desire to hold onto hope even when all hope seems to be gone.

Available in Paperback.

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Famous at Last

January 1, 1998 | Pottersfield Press

Illustrated by Jill Quinn

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Lavishly illustrated, a story about being and getting famous. A journey of discovery for everyone.

Available in Paperback.

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Carrie's Crowd

October 10, 1998 | Formac Publishing

Illustrated by Mark Thurman

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Carrie dreams about being a singer and starring in music videos. She dreams about being a kid that everybody likes, especially cool kids like Giselle and Kirsten with their cool clothes, their cool music, their saucy attitude.

Tired of being called a geek, Carrie picks out new clothes, a new hairdo, and new friends, leaving her bookish pal Laura behind. But when her new friends turn on her, Carrie learns there's more to life than looking cool.

Carrie's Crowd is a story about the effects of peer pressure on a girl's life, and the strength required to overcome it. 

Available in Paperback and Hardcover.

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Go For It, Carrie

January 1, 1997 | Formac Publishing

Illustrated by Mark Thurman

Buy the Book: Amazon | Chapters/Indigo

Carrie wants to rollerblade, to zoom down the sidewalk at a hundred kilometres an hour. Her big brother Ernie says it isn't going to happen, that she's too young to do it. 

But her friend Gregory, a new kid in school with Down's syndrome, inspires her to hold on to her dream. She has no money, no gear, no experience, and no encouragement. But at every turn Gregory's words ring in her ears--"Go for it, Carrie!"--driving her to do more than she, or anyone else, ever thought she could. 

Go For It, Carrie is an inspiring story of one girl's quest to overcome difficulties and realize her dreams--with a little help from her friend.

Available in Paperback and Hardcover.

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