Canada 150: Comic Books and Scary Stories

May 15, 2017 | Mike

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This week's list of ten awesome Canadian children's books focuses on two topics: comic books and chilling tales.  These  books offer a mix of fiction and true stories for the little reader in your life, but beware – most titles are only recommended for ages nine and up.

Case files
Case Files: 40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science
by Larry Verstraete

Looking to raise a future forensic scientist? Get behind the scenes of 40 cases to find out how science saved the day. Use scientific inquiry to see how real life criminals are caught!

Child soldier
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War
by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine

This graphic novel tells the true story of Michel Chikwanine, who was abducted as a young boy and forced to become a child soldier. Michel flees from his captors and eventually comes to Canada with his family as refugees, but adapting to his new country is not easy.

The book does a great job of handling a very tough topic with matter-of-fact text and illustrations. Parents may want to use this as a read-aloud book and talk about the issues it raises.

Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics
by Brian McLachlan

What if you know a child that doesn't want to be a forensic scientist, but a comics artist instead? McLachlan breaks down all the steps to making comics in this fun and entertaining how-to book!

Haunted canada
Haunted Canada: Ghost Stories
by Pat Hancock and Alla Gould

Prepare for chills and thrills in this ghostly version of the popular "Haunted Canada" series! These creepy Canadian ghost stories are perfect for those that loved to be scared (but not too scared).

Head lice
Head Lice by Elise Gravel

Head lice have never been cuter in this breezy non-fiction book by Elise Gravel. In her trademark quirky style, Gravel explores the world of head lice with fun facts and a witty head louse (that's the singular form of the word lice, which you would have known if you had read this book!). Parents will still find them terrifying, but kids might have their minds changed!

Nameless city
Nameless City
by Faith Erin Hicks

The Nameless City lies at a spot of geographic importance and has changed many rulers of the year. Each new conqueror calls the city something else, so the people living there have taken to calling it the Nameless City. Kaidu is soldier-in-training for the current occupiers of the City. He meets Rat, a local girl that is surviving all by herself on the streets, and the two strike an unlikely friendship that will have each questioning their place in the Nameless City and risking their lives for the future of the City.

Neil flambe
Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders
by Kevin Sylvester

Neil Flambe is a child-prodigy in the culinary world who gets wrapped in a police investigation when chefs across the city start being murdered in this fun and highly-entertaining mystery. Filled with a great cast of characters, this is a wonderful read for budding chefs or wanna-be detectives.

The Nest
by Kenneth Oppel

Steve is an anxious child, something that is only exaggerated when he finds out his baby brother has a congenital condition. He is visited in his dreams by wasps that promise to make his brother better, but Steve quickly learns that this agreement may have some deadly side effects. A truly creepy but spellbinding novel from one of Canada's premier children's authors.

No girls
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure
by Susan Hughes

This graphic novel highlights the challenges women have faced throughout history to be independent and fulfill their dreams. Mini-biographies of historical figures like Mulan and Hatshepsut will make young readers appreciate the freedom to be who they want to be.

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse
by Frank Viva

A trip to the Antarctic isn't exciting for mouse, whose refrain of "Can we go home now?" will be turned into "Can we read it again?" by readers of all ages. Beautifully clean and crisp-looking, this is a quick trip to a world of penguins and whales.

Canada 150 Lists(s):

Canada 150: Comic Books and Scary Stories

Canada 150: Books for Our Littlest Readers and the "Big People" Who Read With Them 

Canada 150: Sweet, Silly, Serious- We've Got It All!

Canada 150: Ten Powerful Historical Novels

Canada 150: Wonderful Picture Books That Are Perfect for Reading Aloud

Canada 150: Ten Amazing Children's Books

Canada 150: Stepping Outside a Young Reader's World

Canada 150: Ten Books to Empower Younger Readers

Canada 150: Ten Delightful Books for Younger Readers