Puffin Canada publishes many books for children, including the Canada Puffin Classics series, which features new editions of all-time favorite Canadian books. These classics feature a brand-new look and introduce the world of classic Canadian literature to a new generation of readers. Become a classic with the latest release in the series, Mine for Keeps.
Mine for Keeps
By Jean Little
232 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9781774882948 | Puffin Canada
Away at school, Sally Copeland has always dreamed of going home, but now that she’s there, she feels frightened and unsure of herself. Will her brother and sister accept her? Will she be able to do things for herself? And what will it be like to go to a regular school and be the only one with cerebral palsy?
Other Puffin Classics
Mama’s Going To Buy You a Mockingbird
By Jean Little
264 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143187875 | Puffin Canada
Jeremy is not having a good summer. His best friends have moved away, and he has to stay at the cottage with only his little sister Sarah and his Aunt Margery. His parents have remained in the city so his father can have an operation. When Jeremy finally sees him again, he finds out that his father has cancer and isn’t going to get better. Suddenly, Jeremy’s life has completely changed. But then he finds an unlikely friend in Tess, who knows what it’s like to lose someone. As his friendship with her grows, through good times and bad, Jeremy discovers that his father has left him something that will live forever …
Awake and Dreaming
By Kit Pearson
288 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143187882 | Puffin Canada
Theo and her young, irresponsible mother seem trapped forever in their miserable, poverty-stricken life … but Theo can’t stop dreaming of belonging to a “real” family. When she is mysteriously adopted by the large, warm Kaldor family, her dream seems to be coming true. But as time passes, the magic of Theo’s new life begins to fade, and soon she finds herself back with her mother. Were the Kaldors real or just a dream? Who is the shadowy figure who haunts Theo’s thoughts? And, most importantly, will Theo ever be able to find a real home with a family she can truly call her own?
The Sky Is Falling
By Kit Pearson
296 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143192336 | Puffin Canada
It is the summer of 1940, and all of England fears an invasion by Hitler’s army. When Norah learns that she and her brother Gavin are being sent to Canada, she’s not sure what to expect; she only knows that she doesn’t want to leave her home, her family, or her friends. The rich woman who takes them in prefers Gavin to her, the children at school taunt her—and, as the news from England becomes worse, she longs for home. But as Norah begins to make friends, she discovers a surprising responsibility that might help her accept her new country—and her new situation. Will Norah and Gavin be able to find their way through the shadows of war, even as the sky is falling?
Looking at the Moon
By Kit Pearson
248 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143192312 | Puffin Canada
It’s 1943, and World War II is still raging on. Norah and Gavin can hardly wait for August, when they’ll be leaving to spend the summer at Gairloch, the Ogilvies’ cottage in Muskoka. Norah in particular is looking forward to spending time with the older Ogilvie cousins, swimming, boating … and having as little to do with bossy adults as possible. The arrival of cousin Andrew is a perfect distraction, especially since, at nineteen, he’s handsome and intelligent, and Norah thinks she may be falling in love! How will she survive a summer that promises to be anything but ordinary?
The Lights Go On Again
By Kit Pearson
240 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143192329 | Puffin Canada
It’s the Winter of 1945. With the news of the war’s end comes the prospect of Norah and Gavin’s return to England … and that means their lives are about to radically change again. Fifteen-year-old Norah is eager to see her parents— but ten-year-old Gavin isn’t so sure. He barely remembers them, and doesn’t want to leave his Canadian family, his two best friends, and his beloved dog Bosley. But when an unexpected tragedy strikes, Gavin must decide what’s truly important to him—and ultimately make the most difficult decision of his life.
Underground To Canada
By Barbara Smucker
216 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143187899 | Puffin Canada
There’s a place the slaves been whisperin’ around called Canada. The law don’t allow no slavery there. They say you follow the North Star, and when you step onto this land you are free … Taken away from her mother by a ruthless slave trader, all Julilly has left is the dream of freedom. Every day that she spends huddled in the slaver trader’s wagon travelling south or working on the brutal new plantation, she thinks about the land where it is possible to be free, a land she and her friend Liza may reach someday. So when workers from the Underground Railroad offer to help the two girls escape, they are ready. But the slave catchers and their dogs will soon be after them …
By Eric Walters
272 Pages | Ages 8-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780143187905 | Puffin Canada
Winston MacDonald is in trouble. He’s been suspended from school and he’s run away from home. After the police pick him up, he is sent to spend time with his father – a newspaper columnist who hasn’t been around much since the family split up a year ago. Travelling to Nova Scotia with his father, who is covering what he thinks is just a human interest story about a young man trying to run across Canada, Winston spends some time with Terry Fox and Terry’s best friend, Doug. Their determination to achieve what seems like an impossible goal makes a big impression on Winston and he takes courage and inspiration from Terry’s run. He is overjoyed when his father’s article about the Marathon of Hope ignites public interest across the country.