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Island Kids

by (author) Tara Saracuse

Brindle & Glass Publishing
Initial publish date
Jan 2010
General, Historical, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2010
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


This is a history of British Columbia’s island children, told in their voices, from their perspectives. Composed of twenty-two stories, Island Kids is a snapshot of a period and place in time. The topics range from quintessentially coastal experiences, like a day at the beach, to stories that deal with serious issues, such as BC’s history of residential schools, but they all remain true to the experience of the children telling the story. At the end of each chapter is a section called “What do we know for sure?” that gives the reader greater depth and context. The stories are written in a dynamic and authentic voice and are aimed at readers aged eight to twelve.


Unlike history that has either been fictionalized or told from an adult’s perspective, the Courageous Kids series brings history to kids in their own words. Truly original, Kidmonton, Rocky Mountain Kids, and Island Kids strive to communicate the events and emotions of kids.


Please visit for more information on the whole Courageous Kids series.

About the author

Editorial Reviews

p class=review_text>The debut of Victoria writer Tara Saracuse, and it's a promising beginning. —Quill & Quire

p class=review_text>These stories offer suspense, creativity, and age-appropirate adventures for children. —Story Circle Book Reviews

p class=review_text>Given that history tends to be about as popular as algebra and dentists for most kids, we couldn't pass up the chance to ask Saracuse about her archival obsessions. —Monday Magazine

p class=review_text>Island Kids is history of the most memorable kind. —The Globe & Mail

p class=review_text>Many University of Victoria students dream of publishing books one day, but it's rare that they do it while still in school. —Victoria News

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