A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye

By Melanie MosherNimbus PublishingAges 8–13 When Melanie Mosher was writing this middle-grade novel, she had no idea of the impending April 2020 mass shooting, which would rock all of Nova Scotia, but particularly the North Shore. So it’s fitting as our province continues to recover, this heartfelt story of grief, fear, loss, and healing, is […]

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Wild Pond Hockey

By Jeffrey C. DommNimbus Publishing There are any number of conflicting theories about hockey’s birthplace. Some like to imagine it began at a boys’ school in the Annapolis Valley. Many historians point to Halifax or Montreal or the games of the Native tribes. With Wild Pond Hockey, nature writer and first-time children’s author Jeffrey C. […]

I Lost My Talk / I’m Finding My Talk

By Rita Joe / Rebecca Thomas Illustrated by Pauline Young Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 One of Rita Joe’s most influential poems, I Lost My Talk tells the revered Mi’kmaw elder’s childhood story of losing her language while living at the residential school in Shubenacadie. Joe’s powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi’kmaw culture […]

No Girls Allowed

By Natalie Corbett Sampson Nimbus PublishingAges 8-12 Today, young women who want to play hockey have countless role models. They can look to the many stars of Team Canada and their frequent international wins. In the 1970s, it wasn’t like that: there were few women’s hockey teams and the women who did play toiled in […]

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Come Back to Earth, Esther!

By Josée Bisaillon Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 An award-winning illustrator (best known for Leap!, The Snow Knows, and Bedtime 1, 2, 3), Josée Bisaillon both wrote and illustrated this big-hearted tale about a space-obsessed girl whose dreams of building a spaceship and rocketing off to explore the universe. As you’d expect from such an accomplished […]

Sid the Kid and the Dryer

Story by Lesley Choyce, art by Brenda Jones Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 The story about a young Sidney Crosby practising his shot in his family’s Cole Harbour basement, spending endless hours dinging pucks off a battered washing machine, is already local legend. You can even visit the city’s most famous Whirlpool, now a cherished artifact […]

The Wereduck Code

By Dave Atkinson Nimbus Publishing Ages 10+ In the conclusion of his Hackmatack-award nominated Wereduck “thrillogy,” Atkinson picks up the story of young hero Kate, as she continues to search for a cure to her family’s ancient curse. This book is as gloriously strange as that summary suggests. Consider dialogue like: “I’ve just been doing […]

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