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By J. M. S Careless. 1991
A brief history of Canada, covering the period from Cartier and Champlain to the arrival of Pierre Elliott Trudeau on… the political scene. It covers the major historical events and the forces which have shaped our country. Originally written in 1953, this is the updated 1970 version. Winner of the 1953 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction.
By Larry Verstraete. 2009
A young man in Nunavut fights off a polar bear to save his friend, a Canadian peacekeeper in the Congo… risks his own life to save those of stranded tourists, and ordinary people show extraordinary character during the Halifax Explosion, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, the Tiananmen Square protests, and September 11, 2001. Over twenty true-life stories about life-threatening situations and the wrenching choices made by the people facing them. Winner of the 2010 Silver Birch Award for Non-fiction. Grades 5-8. Some descriptions of violence. 2009.
By Morley Torgov. 1974
An account of life in a small town community in Sault Ste. Marie in the late 1930's and early 1940's.… Winner of the 1975 Stephen Leacock Award for humour. Strong language. 1974.
By Arthur Schaller. 1998
Arthur Schaller was eleven years old when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, a time when the reward for turning in… a Jew was 100 cigarettes and a bottle of vodka. Separated from his family in the Warsaw Ghetto, Arthur managed to escape to the other side of the Ghetto wall, and posed until the end of the war as a Catholic orphan. Winner of the 1999 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 1998.
By Sandra Gwyn. 1984
A compelling account of private life in the age of Macdonald and Laurier. The author has used personal letters, diaries,… scrapbooks, memoirs and social columns. 1984 Governor General's Award winner. c1984.
By Heather Anne Pringle. 2001
After covering a conference of mummy experts, science reporter Heather Pringle became so intrigued with mummies that she spent a… year circling the globe, visiting leading scientists in the field. She also investigated preserved Italian saints, Scandinavian mummies in bogs, and frozen Inca princesses. Pringle researched Egyptian embalmers, the past public craze for mummy unwrappings, and the Russians' attempts to preserve Stalin, and along the way learned what mummies have to tell us about ourselves. Winner of the 2002 CNIB Torgi Award. 2001.
By Vivien Bowers. 1999
12-year-old Guy keeps a journal as he tours Canada with his parents and younger sister, Rachel. Learn about each province… and territory, with information about major cities along the way, and other fun Canadian facts in sections like "According to Mom/Dad", "Exceedingly Weird", and "Food I Was Introduced to for My Own Good". Also included is "Guy's Family Car Trip Survival Tips". Grades 3-6. 1999.
By David T Suzuki, Amanda McConnell. 1997
With a focus on the oceans and the water which maintains life, Suzuki discusses the need for environmental conservation. He… argues that too much water, from global warming, or water too foul from pollution, results in the destruction of all life. Winner of the 1999 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 1997.
Ten well-planned major robberies reveal the ingenuity of the criminal mind, from Dan Cooper, who parachuted from a Boeing 727… with $200,000, to the small band of Italians who stole the world-famous Mona Lisa. There are seven extra stories in the opening chapter, including that of the Parisian actor and civil servant who destroyed the files against his friends during the French Revolution - by eating them! Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2007 Red Maple Award. 2005.
By Alberto Manguel. 2004
During the 1960s, Manguel, then a teenager, spent many evenings reading to Jorge Luis Borges, a giant of modern literature,… because Borges had gradually become blind. As the author describes his visits to Borges in his dark, modest apartment, reading out loud and talking about books, we have a privileged look into the inner world of a literary legend, a window into the private life of one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. Winner of the Prix du Livre en Poitou-Charentes 2003.
By Alice Munro. 1998
In eight stories, Munro writes of what people will do for love, and the unexpected routes their passion will force… them to take. Some strong language and some sexual content. Canada Reads 2004. Winner of the 1998 Giller Prize. 1998.
By Witold Rybczynski. 1989
Rybczynski's project to build a workshed gradually evolved into a full-fledged house. As he recounts his tale, he considers the… theories and work of such architects as Palladio and Frank Lloyd Wright, the elements of classical architecture, and the structural descendants of the humble barn. 1989.
In Persephone anything can happen, and often does. The Township's history stretches back to before the birth of Canada, and… is connected to such famous people as Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and the future King Edward VII. It has also been home to more shady characters. Winner of the 2003 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal. 2002.
By Ernest Buckler. 1977
By Pierre Berton. 1986
In 1917, the Canadian Corps seized and held the best-defended German bastion on the Western Front, a feat thought impossible… by the British, French and German forces. The author believes they succeeded because the men were civilians, with flexible minds unfettered by military rules. Bestseller 1986. Winner of the 1987 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award.
By Ian Ferguson. 2003
Ferguson has crafted a delightfully idiosyncratic account of growing up in the North, where Fort Vermilion Alberta seemed as exotic… as Australia or Mexico. The memorable cast of characters includes Lloyd Loonskin, Sixtoes Mitchell, Ellen "No Refunds" McTeer, and Ferguson's father Hank, a con man of consummate charm. 2003.
By Ingeborg Boyens. 1999
According to Boyens, in the first decades of the new millennium, the majority of our food will be the product… of genetic engineering. She presents the implications of biotechnology, and illustrates the consequences this science may have for the environment, human and animal health, and the global food system. Winner of the National Business Book Award. 1999.
By Karen Connelly. 1992
Karen Connelly, 17 years old and bored with her life, was accepted by an exchange program which took her from… Calgary to a small town in Thailand. She describes her assimilation into the Thai language and culture and her despair at leaving when the year came to an end. Winner of the 1993 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. 1992.
By Tristan Demers. 2010
L'histoire d'amour entre Tintin et les jeunes lecteurs québécois a commencé bien avant qu'Hergé ne foule pour la première fois… le sol américain, en 1965. Lors de son séjours au Québec, des milliers d'admirateurs se pressent autour de lui et, réciproquement, Hergé ressent d'emblée pour ce pays une sympathie profonde. Cet ouvrage à l'allure de journal retrace le voyage d'Hergé à Montréal, Québec et Manicouagan. Salon du Livre : Lauréat volet Vie pratique 2011. 2010.
The first major effort to portray the intellectual forces which have moulded the thinking and writing of those English-speaking historians… who sought to explain our past during the period 1900-1970. Winner of the Governor General's Award. 1976.