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Children's Nonfiction Disasters

Canadian Disasters

43 True Stories

by (author) René Schmidt

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Disasters, Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2006
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


This fascinating compilation of more than 30 Canadian disasters ripped straight from the headlines is now updated with 15 new stories!

"Disasters can occur anywhere and to anybody. You could be involved in a disaster today or tomorrow."

This book provides fascinating, documentary-style accounts about famous Canadian tragedies, such as the sinking of the Titanic in Canadian waters, the Springhill Mine disasters, the Saguenay flood, the Slave Lake fire in 2011, the listeriosis outbreak of 2008 - and many others! The stories chronicle not only the disasters, but also how people struggled to survive or tried to help others.

Updated with a dramatic new cover and 15 brand-new high-stakes stories, this non-fiction favourite has a proven track record of striking a chord with young readers.


About the author


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Contributor Notes

RENE SCHMIDT was born in Holland and immigrated to Canada when he was just three years old. He is a retired teacher and the author of Canadian Disasters (previous published as Disaster!), as well as the novel Leaving Fletchville, which was a Red Maple Honour Book and shortlisted for the IODE Violet Downey Award. Rene lives with his wife in eastern Ontario, but you can visit him online at

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Canadian Disasters:

"Schmidt does an excellent job of making these incidents come alive . . . [Canadian Disasters] will be devoured by young readers who are, like most of the human race, fascinated by disaster. Highly recommended." -CM Magazine

"Each event is recounted in such a way so as to build a sense of dread and foreboding in the reader. The stories are engaging, informative, and succinct, while inspiring empathy for the victims of each tragedy." -CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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