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Phénomènes inexpliqués

Histoires véridiques d'ici

by (author) Kit Pearson, Karleen Bradford, Sharon Siamon, Carole Spray, James F. Robinson, Hazel Boswell, Jean Little & Lucy Maud Montgomery

editor-in-chief Janet Lunn Literary Estate of

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
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  • Reading age: 7 to 12


Phénomènes inexpliqués, une compliation de Janet Lunn, est un recueil de récits et d'anecdotes au sujet d'évèenements inexpliqués, écrits par des auteurs canadiens renommés tels Kit Pearson, Karleen Bradford, Sharon Siamon, Carole Spray, Janet Lunn, James F. Robinson, Hazel Boswell, Jean Little et Lucy Maud Montgomery. Le complément parfait à une soirée d'épouvante autour du feu. Frissons garantis!


About the authors

Kit Pearson's profile page

Karleen Bradford is the award-winning author of twenty-two works of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Her books include historical novels, fantasy and contemporary stories, as well as picture books and chapter books.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, but spent most of her childhood years in Argentina. She returned to Canada to take a B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1959, and married James Bradford, a Foreign Service Officer with the Canadian Government. Until 1992, Karleen and her family travelled and lived in Colombia, the United States, England, the Philippines, Brazil, Germany and Puerto Rico, with two home postings in Canada. Settings for many of her books have come from these countries. She now lives back in Canada in Owen Sound, Ontario. Three children, four grandchildren, and assorted granddogs live nearby.

Karleen has taught Creative Writing and Writing for Children at Algonquin College, the Adult High School, and various community centres in Ottawa. During a posting in Germany she also taught creative writing classes and did writing workshops with children in U.S.A. Department of Defense Schools throughout the country. In 1999 she worked with students in the Taipei American School in Taiwan.

She has worked in schools across Canada through The Writers' Union of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council programs for writers in the schools and has, as well, participated in numerous Canada Council Readings programs. She toured Nova Scotia in 1984, New Brunswick in 1989, Quèbec in 1998, and Manitoba in 2005 for the TD Children's Book Week, and has worked as a Writer in Residence for the WIER (Writers in Electronic Residence) program in schools across Canada.

You can find out more about Karleen and her work at



Karleen Bradford's profile page

As a child Sharon Siamon had a passion for three things: horses, mountains, and books. Growing up in Southern Ontario with a family too busy for horses, Siamon pursued her dreams through books and make-believe. She says: “I never ran as a kid, I galloped, trotted, or cantered everywhere.” As an adult, she has spent her time pursuing an adventurous lifestyle, and sharing it in her writing.

The inspiration for her trilogy, Mustang Mountain came while participating in a five-day trail ride near Red Deer, Alberta. There she sat around an open fire at night listening to the wranglers talk. She was also inspired by conversations with young women who grew up on ranches.

Sharon Siamon’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Siamon is now one of Canada’s most prolific writers of fiction for young readers. She has published eleven novels in Canada, two series in England, and a series in Norway. Her Sleepover Series and five books she wrote in the Stage School series under the pseudonym Geena Dare are popular across Canada and Northern Europe.

A mother of three grown up daughters, Siamon now enjoys writing in the early morning hours and then spending the rest of the day outdoors. She and her husband Jeff currently reside in Toronto with their dog, Brio.

Sharon Siamon's profile page

Carole Spray earned her BSW in 1990 and has taught part-time in both the English and the Social Work departments. In addition to Will o' the Wisp (Brunswick Press, 1979), she has published poems, stories, and reviews in various magazines and is co-author (with William Spray) of New Brunswick: Its History and its People (Gage, 1984). Her children's story, The Mare's Egg (Camden House, 1981), was made into a film by the National Film Board. She is currently retired and living in Charters Settlement.

Carole Spray's profile page

James F. Robinson's profile page

Hazel Boswell's profile page

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.


Jean Little's profile page

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, in 1874. After the death of her mother in 1876, Montgomery was raised by her maternal grandparents in the nearby community of Cavendish. She received a teaching certificate in 1894, and studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1895. After a brief career as a teacher at various island schools, she moved back to Cavendish in 1898. In 1911, she married the Reverend Ewan Macdonald and moved to Leaskdale, Ontario, where Macdonald was minister in the Presbyterian Church. A prolific writer, she published a number of short stories, poems, and novels, but is best known for Anne of Green Gables and its sequels: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla Of Ingleside. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried in her beloved Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

Lucy Maud Montgomery's profile page

Janet Lunn Literary Estate of's profile page

Other titles by Kit Pearson

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Dear Canada: A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas

by (author) Susan M. Aihoshi, Janet McNaughton, Carol Matas, Ruby Slipperjack, Jean Little, Karleen Bradford, Sarah Ellis, Norah McClintock & Barbara Haworth-Attard

Dear Canada: With Nothing But Our Courage

The Loyalist Diary of Mary MacDonald, Johnstown, Quebec, 1783

by (author) Karleen Bradford

Dear Canada: A Country of Our Own

The Confederation Diary of Rosie Dunn, Ottawa, Province of Canada, 1866

by (author) Karleen Bradford

Dear Canada Christmas Story No. 11: Singing a Prayer

by (author) Karleen Bradford

Cher Journal : Récit de Noël : N° 11 - La prière de Julia May

by (author) Karleen Bradford

Cher Journal : Le temps des réjouissances

Dix récits de Noël

by (author) Karleen Bradford, Carol Matas, Kit Pearson, Jean Little, Janet Lunn, Sarah Ellis, Gillian Chan, Sharon Stewart & Maxine Trottier

Cher Journal : Du désespoir à la liberté

Julia May Jackson, sur le chemin de fer clandestin, de la Virginie au Canada-Ouest, 1863-1864

by (author) Karleen Bradford

Cher Journal : Noëls d'antan

Dix récits choisis

by (author) Vincent Massey Jr HS, Karleen Bradford, Carol Matas, Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, Perry Nodelman, Maxine Trottier & Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
illustrated by Colin Mayne

Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom

The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson, Virginia to Canada West, 1863-1864

by (author) Karleen Bradford

Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember

Tales of Comfort and Joy

by (author) Perry Nodelman, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, Carol Matas, Maxine Trottier, Julie Lawson & Karleen Bradford

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