Grades 3-8

Reinforce your students reading skills with captivating themes!
A series of short high-interest novels with compelling mysteries, humour, and adventures.

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Key Features

  • Interest Level Ages 10-14

  • Reading Level Grades 2.0-4.5

  • Bestselling and award-winning Canadian authors

  • Contemporary and engaging stories with age and interest appropriate topics

Contemporary Themes

Relevant topics that are sure to get your students interested in reading!




Violence & Crime

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Queen of the Toilet Bowl

Author: Frieda Wishinsky Fry Reading Level: 3.6


Renata learns to be proud of who she is.

When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to ruin Renata’s reputation.


Author: Eric WaltersFry Reading Level: 4.1


What’s really behind a label?

The principal announces that the school is implementing uniforms, and Ian finds himself caught in a conflict. While doing research for a social-justice class, Ian learns that the manufacturer of the uniforms is on the top-ten list for human-rights violations. When he tells the principal this, all he gets is a reminder that the penalty for refusing to wear the uniforms is suspension, and Ian finds himself caught in a whole new conflict—one with himself.

Camp Wild

Author: Pam Withers Fry Reading Level: 3.8


Does Wilf have what it takes to survive the river?

Wilf is convinced his parents want nothing to do with him. When he isn’t in school, he is left to his own devices or shipped away to camp. But at fifteen, Wilf is adamant that he is too old for summer camp. When his parents ignore his protests and ship him off anyway, he knows how he will get their attention: He will escape from camp by canoe and spend the rest of his vacation alone in the woods, proving to his parents he deserves his independence.

Chat Room

Author: Kristin Butcher Fry Reading Level: 4.0


Is Linda the victim of mistaken identity?

Linda is shy and avoids getting involved at school. But when her high school sets up online chat rooms she can’t resist the urge to visit them. Fuelled by interest in a student with the nickname Cyrano, Linda participates in online conversations using the nickname Roxanne and gains a reputation as the queen of one-liners. Soon Linda starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer who signs his gifts, “C.” She is certain that her life has taken a turn for the better until “C” reveals his true identity.


Author: Vicki Grant Fry Reading Level: 2.0


A boring field trip turns dangerous.

Dan is not sure he’ll survive the boring field trip to a remote heritage farm. How could a place with no running water, telephone or electricity be anything but dull? The farmer knows nothing about farming and is angry about having to conduct the tour. And what’s with his tattoo? The teacher requests a private word with the farmer and then mysteriously disappears. After a messy attack of allergies, Dan is excused to find a tissue. He sneaks back to the school bus and discovers the driver and teacher have been bound and gagged. Will Dan be able to find help in time?

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