SaskBooks Summer Reading List
Maybe you need a book to read during long, hot days at the beach or on the patio. Or maybe you need something to keep you entertained during sleepless, sweat-soaked nights. Either way, SaskBooks has titles to fill all your book needs. Visit www.skbooks.com/ to order these titles, or consider acquiring them from McNally Robinson or The Penny University
Reclaiming Tom Longboat by Janice Forsyth (ISBN 9780889777286, $27.95, University of Regina Press, Non-Fiction)
In Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport Forsyth tells the story not only of one of Canada’s most legendary athletes, but of how sport has been historically been used as a tool of both Indigenous exclusion and assimilation. Fortunately the book also provides a vision of how sport can be used for decolonization and Indigenous self-determination.
Small Reckonings by Karin Melberg Schwier (ISBN 9780994866950, $20.00, Burton House Books, Fiction)
In her SaskBooks review, Shelley Leedahl calls the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award winning Small Reckonings a “ sensitive and riveting story”. Schwier presents Watrous during World War I and the Great Depression through the story of William and Louise and all the people in their orbit in this historical fiction, full of beautiful language.
Sleeping Brilliant by Jessica Williams (ISBN 9781999539788, All Write Here Publishing, Children’s)
Maybe it’s time to add something new to your little one’s bedtime routine. Sleeping Brilliant by Jessica Williams is the story of Princess Niamh, a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years. This princess story doesn’t go the way you think it will, however, and is for all the “princesses and princes who don’t need to be rescued”.
Flight, Volume 2 by Deana J. Driver and Contributors (ISBN 9781927570500, $19.95, DriverWorks Ink, Non-Fiction)
Get your pulse pounding with the astonishing true tales of aviation in Flight, Volume 2. Airplanes, helicopters, and even balloons feature in these Canadian stories of flight. Look for Flight, Volume 1 as well.
The Teller from the Tale by Ven Begamudré (ISBN 9781989274248, $20.00, Radiant Press, Fiction)
Let award winning author Ven Begamudré take you on a journey with a trio of stories in The Tell from the Tale. “Amar’s Gift”, “Rainbow Knights”, and “Sushila is at Home” blend myth and history, fantasy and family, wit and whimsy. Gods, curses, blessings, and even a bio-mathematician are at home in the pages of The Teller from the Tale.
Junk City by David Baudemont (ISBN 9782924237632, $14.95, Les Editions de la Nouvelle Plume, Young Adult, French)
School may be out for summer, but it’s important for young adults to work on their language skills, particularly if there are in French Immersion. Enter David Baudemont’s Junk City, a gripping story of video games, familial discord, and the fury of nature. It might even be exciting enough to encourage young adults to learn French!
Chalk Dust by Dianne Miller (ISBN 9781988783512, $19.95, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, Non-Fiction)
Dianne Miller takes readers back through a life-time of teaching throughout Saskatchewan in Chalk Dust: Memoirs of a Prairie Teacher. Perfect for current or retired teachers, or anyone who yearns for their halcyon school days, Miller tells her story and the story of those she taught and worked alongside with warmth and humour.
Magic and Mayhem by Catherine Milos (ISBN 9781988951065, , Catherine Milos, Fiction)
If you prefer your summer reads dark and moody, try Magic and Mayhem by Catherine Milos. This modern urban fantasy, the fifth entry in the Angels and Avalon series, is a thrilling and mysterious story that features witches, gods, and Lucifer himself.
Companion of Eagles by Regine Haensel (ISBN 9780993903229, $14.95, Serimuse Books, Young Adult)
Have you ever wished for a story of magic and adventure set not in Middle Earth or England, but right here in Canada? Companion of Eagles is the third entry in Regine Haensel’s Leather Book Tales, a fantasy series set in an imagined landscape that looks similar to our own. “What secrets will Samel uncover and how will they change him?”
Dragonflies & Damselflies in the Hand by G. Hutchings and D. Halstead (ISBN 9780921104254, $19.95, Nature Saskatchewan, Non-Fiction)
Watching dragonflies is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a hot summer afternoon. But wait! What if you’re not looking at a dragonfly, but a damselfly? With Dragonflies & Damselflies in the Hand, you’ll know for sure. This full-colour guidebook is full of charts and images to help you identify all the dragonflies and damselflies you might encounter in the province.
Photographer’s Guide to Saskatchewan by Robin and Arlene Karpan (ISBN 9780995087507, $24.95, Parkland Publishing, Non-Fiction)
If you have Photographer’s Guide to Saskatchewan: Where to Find the Best in Nature, Wildlife & Awesome Landscapes, next time someone tells you to “take a picture, it’ll last longer,” you’ll be ready to do so. But even if you don’t use the detailed information in the guide, specific to taking breathtaking pictures of Saskatchewan’s unique beauty, you can enjoy the incredible full-colour photography it includes.
The Big Tease by Wilfred Burton (ISBN 9781926795881, $15.00, Gabriel Dumont Institute Press, Children’s)
The Big Tease: A Story of Eliza Delorme and Her Cousin, Édouard Beaupré, The Willowbunch Giant, is both a family story and a historical (and human) look at one of Saskatchewan’s most famous residents. Illustrator George Gingras brings colour and zest to this larger-than-life Métis story.
Fully Half-Committed by Barbara Morrison and Ed Risling (ISBN 9781989078167, $19.99, Wood Dragon Books, Non-Fiction)
This summer might not be the best time to meet new people, but with Fully Half-Committed: Conversation Starters for Romantic Relationships you’ll be ready. Or maybe you’re finding yourself spending a lot more time indoors with a romantic partner. Either way, with Fully Half-Committed you’ll be prepared for filling relationships.
This Hole Called January by Paula Jane Remlinger (ISBN 9781771871938, $12.95, Thistledown Press, Poetry)
Summer in Saskatchewan is hot, but you can give yourself shivers with the Saskatchewan Book Award winning book of poetry This Hole Called January by Paula Jane Remlinger. SBA jurors called this collection “a dynamic and immersive experience for the reader.”
No-Badge Killick by Gord Hunter (ISBN 9780968180310, $20.00, Monkey’s Fist Publishing, Non-Fiction)
If the title of this memoir intrigues you, the content of No-Badge Killick: Life in Canada’s Cold War Navy is sure to engage you. Hunter, a retired seaman, recounts the highs and lows of his career, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to tours above and below the waves.
Triton’s Daughter by Emory Gayle (ISBN 9781775353843, $14.99, Emory Gayle, Young Adult)
The ocean and its denizens might seem far away from Saskatchewan, but Triton’s Daughter by Emory Gayle is a fantastical love story that shows how those worlds are closer than you might think. KyLaya is the heir to the kingdom of Mer, while Jett grew up on the prairies. Can they be together, in spite of everything that stands in their way?
Spirit Singer by Edward Willett (ISBN 9781989398005, $19.95, Shadowpaw Press, Young Adult)
Amarynth is a Spirit Singer, tasked with shepherding the souls of the dead. But something happens in the spirit world, and Amarynth must leave her home to solve the problem. Join Amarynth on her quest in the award-winning young adult novel Spirit Singer.
Fire Lake by J.C. Paulson (ISBN 9780995975644, $19.955, Joanne Paulson, Fiction)
If you like your mysteries a little steamier, J.C. Paulson’s Grace Rampling series might be for you. In Fire Lake, Grace and her partner Sgt. Adam Davis travel to a remote Northern lake for a vacation in the pristine wilderness. However, their relaxation is cut short by arson, and then murder, and Grace and Adam realize they might be the next target.