Road Trip Reading: British Columbia!

Wow! Our #RoadTripReadingClub has officially made it across Canada all the way to BC! Its motto “Splendour without Diminishment” couldn’t be more true about a province with so much natural beauty. It’s home to the cycling capital of Canada (Victoria), the bathtub racing capital of the world (Nanaimo) and the world’s first All-Whales-All-The-Time radio station, Orca FM. Pick up one of these books to immerse yourself in beautiful BC!

A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson (HarperTrophy Canada, 2016) Ages 8-12

In 1881, Emily and Kitty meet on a beach near Victoria, BC. Inspired by the childhood of acclaimed artist Emily Carr, this novel is a sensitive and insightful look at friendship, family and the foundation of an artist, drawn over the course of a single day — a day in which a comet appears, an artist is born and an aching hole in one girl’s heart begins to heal.

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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Groundwood Books, 2014) Ages 12 and up

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially “ungifted.” Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the “It” girl of Grade 9, but her marks stink. When Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom, their worlds collide. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they — like the rest of us — are all made of molecules.

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The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (HarperCollins Publishers, 2011) Ages 12 and up

Strange things are happening in Maya’s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya’s home, and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn’t help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he’s interested in one special part of Maya’s anatomy- her paw-print birthmark.

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Jessie’s Island by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Sheena Lott (Orca Book Publishers, 2015) Ages 3-6

With a long list of activities and events to attend, cousin Thomas paints a picture of city life that makes Jessie’s world seem a little dull in comparison. When her mother suggests they invite Thomas to visit their island, Jessie wonders glumly what she could possibly write in her letter that would sound as exciting as zoos, planetariums or video arcades.

But as Jessie looks out over her island home, she sees a world of endless variety, from killer whales in the strait and bald eagles soaring overhead to anemones in tide pools and tiny hermit crabs on the shore. She thinks of countless days spent exploring, fishing, swimming and canoeing.

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Find out more about Road Trip Reading Club at our website. Want to read along with us? Let us know how you’re doing or what your own Road Trip Reading looks like using the hashtag #RoadTripReadingClub. Also, be sure to enter our summer photography contest!

Stay tuned for our next stop, the Yukon!