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Legends of Funland

by (author) Melanie Florence

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Siblings, Ghost Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Key Selling Points

  • In Legends of Funland, three friends plan to spend the night in a theme park rumored to be haunted.
  • This book features themes of sibling dynamics and facing your fears.
  • The main character learns there really is a ghost, but it turns out it is just a young boy like himself.
  • This award-winning author has written two previous hi-lo books, He Who Dreams and Dreaming in Color.
  • Enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

About the author

MELANIE FLORENCE est une autrice primée d’origine crie et écossaise qui vit à Toronto, en Ontario. Elle a écrit Sans Nimâmâ, qui lui a valu le prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse en 2016 ainsi que le prix Golden Oak de la Forêt de la lecture en 2017, et une nomination à titre de finaliste aux prix First Nations Communities READ, la même année. Son album Les mots volés a remporté le prix Ruth et Sylvia Schwartz de littérature jeunesse en 2018, en plus d’être finaliste au prix Marilyn Baillie. Parmi ses autres livres, on compte Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools et les romans pour adolescents Just Lucky, He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night et Rez Runaway. Elle a également coécrit Autumn Bird and the Runaway avec Richard Scrimger.


MELANIE FLORENCE is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of Missing Nimâmâ, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her most recent picture book, Stolen Words, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her other books include Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels Just Lucky, He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway. Visit her at

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  • Winner, Children's Book Council — Children's Favorites Award
  • Commended, Children's Book Council Children's Favorites Award 6th - 8th Grade

Editorial Reviews

“An excellent story about friendship, team work, brothers and growing up…Fast-moving and simple with the book’s themes clearly laid out. The supernatural element adds to the story but is suitable for the intended audience. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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