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When heavy November rains threaten to flood the small Maritime town of Black River, the town calls on the hydroelectric company to open the gates of its dam and drop the water level. But local management has been overruled by their parent company and ordered to keep it closed. It’s got some people hinting it’s time they took things into their own hands. Seventeen-year-old Stanton Frame is caught in between: his father is manager at the dam, but his girlfriend, Jessica, has joined an environmental group that’s taken an interest in the matter. With just hours until the town floods, things come to a violent clash between police and protesters. The next morning the dam has been sabotaged, Jessica is missing, and Stanton has more questions than answers.

Riot School

In the middle of the night, five teens break into a small town high school that has been closed by the regional school board. They are there to protest the decision to move them to a big city school and make their little town that much smaller. Led by Bilan, whose experience with the Arab Spring fired a passion to peacefully fight against injustice, the Gang of Five occupy their old school. The local police chief and the town quietly cheer them on. When the school board calls in a big security firm to break up their occupation using any means necessary, including force, the five have to decide how far they will go to show their outrage at having no control over decisions that affect their lives.

For children 6-12:

Libby on Strike (James Lorimer & Co. 2008)

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Because of all the things on her schedule – piano lessons and ski-ing and dance and choir and math tutoring and youth group and art club – Libby doesn’t have time to do what she wants to do, which is to just play. When her parents won’t listen to her complaints about being too busy, she goes on strike.

Libby’s Got the Beat (James Lorimer & Co. 2010)

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Libby and her friends, Etta and Celery, form a band. They’re practising hard for their first performance – at the school’s Open House. But they can’t concentrate on their music because at the same time they have to cram for the grade five provincial assessment. As the date for the test draws closer, and the school puts them under more and more pressure to study harder and harder, they become nervous wrecks. When the principal decides to announce the results of the test at Open House, just before the band plays, the stage is set for revolt.

Shortlisted Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2012

For young adults 8-13:

 Walker’s Runners (James Lorimer & Co. 2002)

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Toby Morton hates school. But he hates gym even more. The other kids make fun of him because he’s overweight. When Mr. Walker persuades him to to take up cross country running, he learns more about himself than he does about running.

Shortlisted Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Prize 2003

Shortlisted Margaret and John Savage First Book Award 2003

Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice’ Selection 2003

Miss Little’s Losers (James Lorimer & Co. 2003)

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The Brunswick Valley School soccer team has lost every game it’s played. When the coach quits in disgust, the only replacement the kids can find is their old kindergarten teacher, Miss Little, who knows nothing about soccer. She asks the team to apply the rules they learned in kindergarten to soccer – and they suddenly find themselves improving.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice’ selection 2004

Just for Kicks (James Lorimer & Co. 2004)

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Every Saturday afternoon, the kids from Brunswick Valley play pick up soccer with their friends from the neighbouring town of Pleasant Harbour. When a well-meaning adult offers to coach one team, the parents of the other team also get a coach. As the games become more formal, they also become more serious, and rivalry intensifies, until the kids find a way to reclaim the spirit of their sport.

Shortlisted Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2006

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection 2005

Suspended (James Lorimer & Co. 2004)

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Toby and his friends are suspended from the school soccer team when they break the principal’s rules. In secret, they form their own team and continue to play in the league, wondering all the time how long it will be before they are discovered and face further punishment.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection 2005

Out of Sight (James Lorimer & Co. 2006)

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Something is threatening the talent of Brunswick Valley School’s gifted goalkeeper, Flyin’ Brian. While his teammates blame his erratic concentration, Linh-Mai suspects he is becoming shortsighted, like her. When his vision problems turn out to be far more serious, Linh-Mai learns that sympathizing with Brian is not enough. She must also learn to help him accept his handicap, and to accept it herself, as she discovers a new kind of friendship – with a ‘new’ Brian.

 Shortlisted Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2008

Falling Star  (James Lorimer & Co. 2007)

Soccer prodigy Edison Flood is losing his nerve, and his dribbling and shooting skills along with it. His family’s move from the city to rural Brunswick Valley seems the perfect chance to take a break from the pressure of being the best, but he finds himself playing with the misfits of Brunswick Valley School, still wondering how he can rediscover his talent – and his love – for soccer.

Shortlisted Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2009

Fotball Fiasko! (Falling Star – Norwegian edition)

Total Offence (James Lorimer & Co. 2011)

Toby and Maddie love soccer, but they also love the food at Fat Vinnie’s Family Diner – and it shows. So when a tough new coach demands that they get fit or get cut, they have a choice: tackle their waistlines, or get stuck on the sidelines.

For teens 14+

Footprints (Breakwater Press/Jesperson Publishing 2008)

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When three teenage friends oppose the annexation of their favourite beach by a prominent businessman and philanthropist, their efforts to keep it public, rebuffed or ignored, quickly move beyond conventional protest. As the friends, frustrated and desperate, are driven towards the dark, morally ambiguous world of direct action, one embraces it, one is thrust into it, and one teeters on the brink, appalled at the widening rift he sees separating his friends from him, and from society, for ever.

Scab (James Lorimer & Co. 2010)

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Scab prowls the back streets of Saint John with his camera, searching for the perfect photograph. When he finds it – in a dark alley, with danger lurking – it leads him into a moral dilemma that haunts him, and to obsession with the young woman who is the subject of the photograph.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011

U.S. Young Adults Librarians’ Association ‘Best Books to get Teens Reading’ 2010

Off Limits (James Lorimer & Co. 2012)

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Fifteen year old Birmingham wants more from a relationship than just sex. And he finds it. But in the wrong place.

Walking Away (Fierce Ink Press 2013)

As an adult, it can be easy to lose track of high school friends as they walk away from one life and towards another. Running into an old friend can bring back long forgotten memories – of struggling to discover the path you want to take through life, and figuring out not just the kind of person you want to be, but also the kind of person you don’t want to be.

Riot School (James Lorimer and Co. 2016)

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In the middle of the night, five teens break into a small town high school that has been closed by the regional school board. They are there to protest the decision to move them to a big city school and make their little town that much smaller. Led by Bilan, whose experience with the Arab Spring fired a passion to peacefully fight against injustice, the Gang of Five occupy their old school. The local police chief and the town quietly cheer them on. When the school board calls in a big security firm to break up their occupation using any means necessary, including force, the five have to decide how far they will go to show their outrage at having no control over decisions that affect their lives.

Cross-over Fiction:

Colorland (Speaking Volumes Press 2015)

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Ridge, Isolde and Wenden, on the run from the Guards after breaking the state’s Morality Laws, discover abilities they didn’t know they possessed as they fight to keep their freedom. They call it Going to Colorland. They’re happy to go there. But afraid of not coming back.

Black Water Rising

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When heavy November rains threaten to flood the small Maritime town of Black River, the town calls on the hydroelectric company to open the gates of its dam and drop the water level. But local management has been overruled by their parent company and ordered to keep it closed. It’s got some people hinting it’s time they took things into their own hands. Seventeen-year-old Stanton Frame is caught in between: his father is manager at the dam, but his girlfriend, Jessica, has joined an environmental group that’s taken an interest in the matter. With just hours until the town floods, things come to a violent clash between police and protesters. The next morning the dam has been sabotaged, Jessica is missing, and Stanton has more questions than answers.

Adult Fiction:

The Ragged Believers (DreamCatcher Publishing 2003)

In the late ‘twenties, the isolated Seashore Boarding House offers shelter, food, first aid, and girls. But the trans-provincial highway is getting closer, bringing with it the modern world, and a new morality. The Ragged Believers is about holding on – to a threatened way of life, to forlorn love, to lost love, and above all – to belief.

Defiant Island (Speaking Volumes Press 2016)

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A gentle, moving portrayal of the deliberate, perhaps necessary, political destruction of a community. A story about independence, and preserving independence against various forces – economics, old age, the trials of love. Above all, a love story.

Second Wind (DreamCatcher Publishing 2010)

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Eighty-something Dunmow Walden is an old hand at being retired, but has a secret that threatens his serenity. Fifty-something Lloyd Saffron is new to retirement, and is so miserable that his wife has left him. Their friendship brings them a measure of contentment. Until twenty-something Tina Mere arrives on the scene.

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