Each month our resident Children's Librarian, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks.
The overriding link between these titles is Prince Edward Island, but keep an eye out for the recurring red-heads!
In Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, by Patti Larsen, Chloe is forced to leave Ottawa to live in rural PEI, after the sudden death of her parents. Through her grief, she must adjust not only to her Aunt Larry's huge rambling house, the fields, the ocean, and all that space, but also to the chatty red-headed boy, one of seven siblings, from the neighbouring farm, who wants to be fast friends. A ghost appears, launching Chloe on the trail of a local mystery. Larsen's detailed, descriptive writing beautifully captures the PEI landscape and its people. For grades 4 to 6.
They're cute. They're funny. They're the Powerpuff Girls, now rebooted in a graphic novel series by PEI resident, Troy Little. The cherub-like girls were created in the lab by their Professor Dad from “sugar, spice and everything nice” (and some awesome superpowers.) Buttercup …
The worst-kept secret in Canadian publishing is the identity of Nick Cutter, author of The Troop. Though Cutter won't confirm it himself (see below), his name is a pseudonym for Craig Davidson, who was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013 for Cataract City.
Nick Cutter was kind enough to talk to us about his latest novel, which is a fantastic read and getting a lot of buzz.
About The Troop: Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected...and one another.
Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness and close to the edge of sanity.
49th Shelf: So, what happens when you write a horror nov …