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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Finding Cooper

by (author) Stacey Matson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Humorous Stories, Multigenerational, Depression & Mental Illness
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7



A family mystery full of humour and heart!


Twelve-year-old Cooper believes that his grandfather — who is living in a locked Alzheimer's ward — is actually D. B. Cooper, the famous (real) skyjacker who secured a small fortune and vanished in 1971.


Cooper sets out to prove his grandfather's true identity and uncover one of the biggest secrets in modern history. What begins as a distraction for a mystery-loving kid becomes a way of proving himself at school and maybe even trying to fix the deepening conflict in his parents' relationship as they all try to cope with the emotional and financial strain of caring for an aging relative.


Full of human insight and humour, this is a fast-paced book with an intriguing mystery at its core. With Matson's deft touch, it's also a witty and touching story about family and what we find when we have to face losing those we love.


About the author


Stacey Matson a travaillé dans un programme de théâtre sur la Colline du Parlement et elle a écrit des oeuvres pour le musée Glenbow et le théâtre All-Nations à Calgary. Elle a tout récemment complété une maîtrise en littérature jeunesse à l'université de la Colombie-Britannique. Ma vie de grand et parfait génie incompris est le premier roman d'une trilogie.


Stacey Matson has worked in a theatre program on Parliament Hill and written theatre pieces for the Glenbow Museum and for the All-Nations Theatre in Calgary. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Children's Literature at the University of British Columbia. This is her first novel in a planned trilogy. Stacey lives in Vancouver, BC.


Stacey Matson's profile page


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice)

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Finding Cooper:Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice), 2020Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2020Praise for A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius:“At once funny, outrageous, thoughtful . . . Arthur's is a voice readers won't soon forget. Give to fans of Susan Nielsen's Word Nerd.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials.


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