Young Adults [Grade 6 up]

Aggie's Dream

Agnes Macphail in High School
By Donna Mann

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Aggie's years at Owen Sound Collegiate: classes, debates, friendships. Can you imagine her excitement when she entered the grand assembly hall where debaters and orators shared the stage?

This new book shows Agnes Macphail's determination not to let town ways intimidate her as she moved closer to her dream of teacher training. By doing well academically, playing basketball, and taking part in the Literary Society, she proved she could do anything she set her mind and heart to.


194 pages
$20.00 in Canada
ISBN 978-1-896922-46-1

Aggie's Storms

By Donna Mann

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As a young girl walking along a country road to school in Grey County, Ontario, she dreamed of teaching children like her sisters and their friends. Family, classmates, and neighbours knew Aggie as a determined, clever, fair-minded girl who spoke her mind.

None of them knew that, one day, the people of her community would elect her, Agnes Macphail, Canada's first woman Member of Parliament.

by Donna Mann

"There'll be lots of storms in life, you just have to pick the ones you're going to venture into," Grandma Campbell told her.

Aggie's Storms takes readers back to 1900, when ten-year-old Aggie lived in a log cabin in the Queen's Bush. Follow her schooldays at SS #4, Proton Township, her work in the family's garden and home, and her challenges as a girl with a dream. The author of two books for adults and many articles in newspapers, Donna Mann has led the movement to mark sites important in the life of Agnes Macphail.

136 pages, softcover, full-colour cover
$15.00 in Canada
ISBN 978-1-896922-37-9

Aggie's Voice

Agnes Macphail in Stratford
By Donna Mann
Agnes Macphail's Story Continues

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In 1908, knowing that women teachers faced restrictions and unequal pay, Agnes Macphail lived her determination. At Stratford Collegiate, she told fellow students, "I believe that one's ability, attitude and natural gifts dictate a direction a student should go." To Aunt Maggie, whose home she shared while attending Stratford Normal School, Agnes declared, "I want to be the best teacher I can be."

This book follows Agnes through practice teaching, promenades with her beau, and her growing awareness of society's problems. . .and her commitment to become a strong voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Donna Mann's has recreated Agnes Macphail's childhood in Aggie's Storms and her Owen Sound years in Aggie's Dream. Now, Aggie's Voice completes the series.

Donna Mann says, "This trilogy is for young minds and the young-at-heart who want to learn about or remember Agnes Macphail."

Cover design by Irv Mills C&I Graphics. Images courtesy of Grey Roots and Stratford-Perth Archives.

178 pages softcover
 $20.00 in Canada
 ISBN 978-1-896922-57-7

Fiddle and Fly

By Neil Aitken

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Egremont Township, 1867. Thirteen-year-old Ernest Wood tells of his life in a squatter's family: clearing land, tending the trapline, field work and barn-raising. But there's fun too, as he becomes friends with neighbours, especially Robert Aitken, a fellow fiddler.

When Pa leaves to serve with the military, Ernest, his mother and sisters cope at home.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of his ancestors in Canada West, Neil Aitken has crafted a novel to intrigue readers young and old with the adventures of two lads in the Queen's Bush.

184 pages, Quality Softcover     $18.00     ISBN 978-1-896922-38-6
Cover art by Margaret Quarrie and inside graphics by Bill Boyer.

Student activity pages to accompany reading of Fiidle and Fly. Developed and used by a classroom teacher, these pages can be downloaded to motivate and engage students.

Thanks to Laurie Aitken's wish to share, The Brucedale Press makes these available at no charge; however, we are interested in feedback from users - Email:



By Cori Mordaunt


Will Lindsay, son of the Point Clark lightkeeper, is nearly thirteen—old enough to put down hay, drive the old horse for the school-day run, and catch wild turkeys with his friend Angus. When his father must leave for town, Will takes responsibility for the light. He has practised in the lantern room during calm weather, but a hurricane-force wind is blowing. Ice clouds the windows through which the beacon must shine to aid ships in danger on Lake Huron. Cori Mordaunt vividly portrays realities of The great storm of 1913 as Will struggles to Keep the Light Burning.

Cover art by Phil McDonald
Winner of the Word Award for Young Adult General Market Fiction, announced September 28, 2021.

 Saugeen Times coverage 

156 pages     C$15.00 retail in Canada     ISBN 1-978-896922-72-0

Created by experienced teacher Craig Campbell, the Student Activity Guide for Keep the Light Burning includes background information, working pages, and suggestions for guided or independent study.


The novel explores themes of responsibility, family, friendship, bullying and loss set amid the very real Great Storm of 1913, when nearly 300 lives were lost as large, cargo-carrying lake freighters foundered in waves up to 35 feet high. Suitable for ages 11-up, Grades 6-9, and students with differing needs and interests.


The author and publisher give consent for copying the working pages for student use at no cost. Feedback from teachers and parents is welcome.
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More Tales of the Unusual

By Diane Madden

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More Tales of the Unusual takes readers to some of Ontario's most intriguing places to explore the odd and eerie.

100 pages, softcover
$9.99 in Canada
ISBN 1-896922-23-6 978-1-896922-23-2


Stowaway in the White Hurricane

An adventure novel for tween and teen readers.

Stowaway in the White Hurricane


    Thirteen-year-old Lucy Clark is a fast runner and a girl with spirit, but she hates the nickname Lucy Landlubber. Defying her bullies and her fears, she hides aboard the Great Lakes freighter J. S. McConnell, where her father is wheelsman.

When they leave Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, November 7, 1913, loaded with coal and other goods for ports on the Ontario coast, no one knows they will be caught in the Lakes` worst storm--the white hurricane. Like a nightmare come true, Lucy and the McConnell crew face fierce winds, high waves, and dangerous cold.

Barbara Aggerholm has drawn on accounts of the historic storm and her own experience as a newspaper reporter to create a tale of high drama and heroism. Stowaway in the White Hurricane is her second novel for young readers.

Cover art created by Phil McDonald.

116 pages softcover
$15.00 in Canada
ISBN 978-1-896922-56-0

NEW! for teachers and home-schooling parents
Student activity sheets to accompany reading of Stowaway in the White Hurricane. Developed and used by a classroom teacher, these pages can be downloaded to motivate and engage students.
Thanks to Dave Neil's wish to share, The Brucedale Press makes these available at no charge; however, we are interested in feedback from users.
Click here to download the STUDENT ACTIVITY PAGES.

Tales of the Unusual "True" Mysteries of Bruce and Grey

By Diane Madden

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Need a campfire tale with a little tingle? Looking for spirited stories to enjoy by the beach? Diane Madden has collected a fascinating record of unexplained happenings and strange feelings, all set in the Bruce-Grey area.

Now in its fifth printing

90 pages, softcover
$9.99 in Canada
ISBN 1-896922-06-6 978-1-896922-06-5

Yet More Tales of the Unusual

Collected by Diane Madden

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Mysteries in our history Diane Madden's third collection takes us from the Bruce Peninsula to Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, and from past to near-present. What do Beautiful Joe, Tom Thomson, Jack the Ripper, and The Girl With the Blue Eyes have in common? They-and tales about them-show up in this book. Hauntings, rum runners, and "pennies from heaven" all appear in this new collection of usual happenings

100 pages quality softcover
$9.99 in Canada