Young Adult Novels
At a conference in Pender Harbour on British Columbia's coast, four teens discover that an oil company executive is plotting to force the Canadian government to permit the shipment of oil through waters where accidents are likely. The kids expose the plot--by somewhat questionable means--putting themselves at risk of being apprehended by police.
While vacationing in New Brunswick, three teenage sleuths become embroiled in a plot that threatens to destroy the very fabric of Canada. The fast-paced intrigue sees the teens, with the help of adult allies, use their ingenuity and resourcefulness in an attempt to foil the plot. Under the guise of a mystery, this must-read teen novel transmits a vital message regarding the fragility of democracy and the need for citizens to be ever vigilant. The book fosters discussion, introspection and analysis with a great many teachable moments.
Why do we humans sometimes make decisions that are sensible and constructive, while at other times our decisions endanger our civilization and our very lives? Surviving Civilization’s Collapse reviews constructive actions that helped civilizations in Japan and the tiny island of Tikopia survive for millennia, while poorly conceived ones on Easter Island and elsewhere led to their civilization’s collapse. Unwise decisions that we’ve made in the past—and are still making—are resulting in over-population, climate change, food and water shortages and more. These problems will lead to the deaths of millions, even billions of us from starvation, mass migrations, and rising sea-levels. Our brains are 98.4% genetically the same as that of chimpanzees; are we clever enough to avoid rushing over the precipice of collapse like proverbial lemmings? Or can we improve our decision-making and provide ourselves with parachutes that will soften our landing at the bottom? It’s time to think! This book offers Canadians some suggestions.