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Children's Fiction Chapter Books

Angels Inc.

by (author) Bruce McBay

illustrated by Kim LaFave

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
Chapter Books, Peer Pressure, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Wendy and Zachary decide to form a club to help their neighbors and come up with the name Angel's Inc. Their first mission is to help an old woman across the street. The do just that, but it turns out she didn't actually want to cross the road. Then they paint a neighbor's shed--a horrid color. Their next good deed is to watch Mrs. Haddock's dog while she goes shopping for a cake. But again disaster strikes when the dog is chased by a Doberman. The two "angels" return a very muddy dog to Mrs. Haddock who ends up getting her dress all muddy and droping the cake. Wendy suggests that their next mission be to mow Mrs. Creech's front yard, and Zach reluctantly agrees. While mowing, they notice a suspicious looking man and woman snooping around the garage. They turn out to be thieves, and with the help of Mr. Beale and the police they are arrested. Then Mr. Beale asks if they want to paint his shed, because someone has painted it a horrid color red!

About the authors

Bruce McBay collaborated with James Heneghan on Waiting for Sarah, his first book with Orca. He is the department head of Learning Support Staff at a Burnaby Secondary School and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Kim LaFave is a prolific picture book artist with many titles to his name, including Amos's Sweater, Ben Over Night, and Big Ben, which earned him the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. He has also won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award. Kim lives on the west coast of Canada, in Robert's Creek, British Columbia.

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Librarian Reviews

Angels Inc.

This short chapter book for beginning readers revolves around the friendship and amusing misadventures of young Wendy and Zach in Vancouver. Wendy decides they should form a club to perform a good deed for various neighbours and that she would be an ideal President. Zach creates the club name, Angels Inc., and is a somewhat reluctant member unless he has ice cream and treats. After several well-intended Amelia Bedilia-style mishaps, they save the day by thwarting thieves about to steal antiques from grouchy Mrs. Creech’s garage. Authentic-sounding, sassy dialogue and the humorous illustrations will entice young readers. Students are invited to blog or log their own good deeds at

McBay has co-written two books with James Heneghan and was an English teacher in Burnaby, BC. LaFave is a multi award-winning illustrator.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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