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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick fiction for young readers

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.


Bad Magic
Pseudonymous Bosch
(Little Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette)

This book launches an exciting new mystery adventure trilogy that will have you believing in the unbelievable. New from elusive and bestselling author Pseudonymous Bosch.
Magic & Adventure, ages 8–12, $19.00 cl, b&w illus., 400 pp. 978-0-316-32038-2


Jake and the Giant Hand: Weird Stories Gone Wrong, Book 1
Philippa Dowding
(Dundurn Press)

Jake doesn’t believe a giant’s hand was found near his grandfather’s farm, but then Jake notices giant flies buzzing around—and his Grandpa starts acting secretive.
Tall Tales & Ghost Stories, ages 9–12, $9.99 pa, b&w illus., 136 pp. 978-1-45972-421-1


The Madman of Piney Woods
Christopher Paul Curtis
(Scholastic Canada)

In Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves, two young boys, one black and one Irish, find solace in their friendship, despite the disapproval of elders who are forever scarred by their pasts.
Action & Adventure/Historical Fiction, ages 8–12, $18.99 cl 384 pp. 978-1-4431-3912-0


Neil flambe

The Neil Flambé Capers Collection
Kevin Sylvester
(Simon & Schuster Canada)

Neil Flambé is a superstar teen chef whose culinary capabilities are matched only by his ability to solve mysteries. From Japan to Mexico, Neil follows his passions—and his nose—to decode clues and crack cases.
Mystery/Cooking/Adventure, ages 8–12, $31.99 pa, b&w illus., 1,344 pp. (4 books) 978-1-4814-3238-2


Sinner Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Canada)

Maggie Stiefvater
(Scholastic Canada)

In this breathtaking companion to the Shiver Trilogy, enigmatic Cole and troubled Isabel try to reinvent themselves amidst the sunny beaches and addictive nightlife of L.A.
Love & Romance/Fantasy & Magic, ages 14 and up, $19.99 cl, 368 pp. 978-0-545-65457-9


Walking Home Eric Walters (Doubleday Canada)

Walking Home
Eric Walters
(Doubleday Canada)

Sudden political violence in Kenya leaves 13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, without a father and a home. They must leave their ailing mother in a refugee camp and set off on what seems like an impossible journey: to walk hundreds of kilometres to find their last remaining family.
Africa/Family, ages 10 and up, $12.99 pa,304 pp. 978-0-385-68157-5

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