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Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Mary Ann Alice by David Rotenberg

Mary Ann Alice (2003)

(From House of Anansi)

In this brillant and poetic novel, Brian Doyle returns to the Gatineau River near Ottawa, the world of his novels Up to Low and Uncle Ronald.

Mary Ann Alice McCrank was named for the pretty church bell in the steeple of St. Martin's Church in the Martindale. She has the soul of a poet and Mickey McGuire Jr. is in love with her. Mary Ann Alice is passionately interested in many things, especially the geology of her part of the world. Her teacher, the wonderful Patchy Drizzle, shares her passion for rocks and fossils, many of which can be found along the river and in caves under the famous Paugan Falls.

But a new project to dam the river at Low places rocks, fossils, falls as well as many farms in danger. The dam must go ahead. And, as with much technological change, it brings both benefits and tragedies to the community.

Brian Doyle

(From House of Anansi)

Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.


Winner of the IODE National Chapter Award 2002
Winner of the Leishman Prize 2002
Winner of the Riverbank Review Children's Books w/ Distinction 2003
Short-listed for the Sask. Book Awards - Children's Literature 2002
Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 2001
Long-listed for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2002
Long-listed for the Mr. Christie's Silver Seal Award 2002
Long-listed for the Ruth Schwartz Award 2002
Selected for the Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List 2003
Selected for the Focus Magazine's The "Best 7 Books for April" 2004