Sam, the colourful sculpin, is different. And on one warm summer day, he swims through an underwater community teeming with lively fish of all shapes and sizes. But Sam doesn’t look like anyone else. He feels lonely. Until he finds Sara, his perfect match, in a world where everyone is different in their own way. Al Pittman’s classic story, vibrantly illustrated by Shawn O’Hagan, is a perennial favourite. Breakwater Books is proud to make One Wonderful Fine Day for a Sculpin Named Sam available in a new edition for a whole new generation of readers.
Series: Yaffle's JourneyPaperbackNancy Keating9781771030076$12.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8May 01, 2013
Yaffle the seagull is fed up with the rain, drizzle, and fog in his home province of Newfoundland. He dreams of flying down south to the sunshine, but saddens at the thought of leaving all that he loves behind. So, one day Yaffle comes up with a surprising plan he thinks will solve his dilemma!
Series: Birchy Maid, TheHardcoverRobin McGrath9781771030083$19.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Apr 15, 2013
If Shakespeare's Cordelia met Andy Jones's Jack, the resulting offspring might be The Birchy Maid, a saucy, sensible, self-reliant heroine for the modern age. When a merchant prince sails into her life, she sets some very unusual conditions for marriage. This is a fairy tale for all ages, full of humour and wisdom.
Award-winning storyteller Andy Jones and acclaimed illustrator Darka Erdelji are back with another whimsical, wise, and witty 'Jack tale' -- the third in their on-going series. Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves finds Jack, that everyman of folktales, married to his sweetheart Mary, the best woman ever born and a mighty fine baker to boot. Their lives are as happy and successful as can be, until an underhanded sea captain and Jack's own bragging get the better of our hero. Jack is sent to work on Slave Islands, and Mary is turned out of ho... + Read More
The fishery, the seal cull, the settlement, the culture—the history of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been shaped and witnessed from the deck of sea-going vessels, and those vessels were sparred with local timbers, planked and rigged by the hands of our master shipbuilders. From east to west, north to south, Calvin Evans covers every coast and bay in a sweeping chronicle of craftsmanship and productivity. While deftly countering the outdated argument that our builders were inferior craftsmen, this history is augmented by exhausti... + Read More
Mary Dalton’s fifth collection, Hooking, is a series of centos that, on one level, draw inspiration from a traditional Newfoundland craft. Like a hooked rug made up of strips of fabric cut from old clothes, the cento is stitched together from lines scissored out of other poems. Dalton’s cento variants, however, range across continents and epochs, rummaging among poems contemporary and canonical in celebration of the recombinatory energies of language. As Dalton’s lines hook together syntactically and emotionally, they create a striking music, b... + Read More
Series: Walk With My ShadowPaperbackGeorge Gregoire9781771030007$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 15, 2012
Meet George Gregoire, an Innu man who was born in the Labrador bush in the middle of the last century, yet mustered enough education to write his memoirs. In the authentic voice of a storyteller George invites the reader to see Innu society and culture from the inside. He shares stories from his earliest childhood memories and the wondrous life of a hunter. George also became a husband and father and the story of his adult life is a mirror through which the images of a once independent people, under siege from the encroachment of a powerful and... + Read More
Series: Queen of Paradise's Garden, TheA traditional Newfoundland talePaperbackAndy Jones9780973757835$18.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 5 - 12Feb 25, 2009
Once upon a time, and a very good time it was, not in your time, indeed not in my time, but in olden times, when quart bottles held half a gallon and houses were papered with pancakes and pigs run about with forks stuck in their backs seein who wanted a slice o' ham, there were two old people and they never had no children, and they figured they were too old to ever have any.So begins The Queen of Paradise's Garden, a wonderful adaptation of a traditional Newfoundland tale, and the first in an ongoing series that combines the telling wit and re... + Read More
Series: Man in the Red Suit, TheA MemoirHardcoverBruce Templeton9781897174838$21.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 15, 2012
During the past 33 years, St. John's businessman Bruce Templeton has devoted the month of December to visiting children and assisting Santa Claus. At school parties, country clubs, or in the critical-care unit of hospitals, young people ask him profound questions about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas. Templeton has collected hundreds of stories and questions during more than 1000 visits – some of them curious, some happy, and some heartbreaking. In his memoir of three decades he shares some of the most unforgettable questions. Te... + Read More
Series: The Adventues of Gus & Isaac: HO, HO, NO ChristmasHO, HO, NO ChristmasAdventures of Gus & IsaacPaperbackDebbie Hanlon9781550813937$12.95JUVENILE FICTION Nov 07, 2012
What happens when Santa’s sleigh gets lost in a blinding snowstorm? Will anyone have gifts on Christmas morning?The second book in the popular Gus and Isaac series, Ho, Ho, No Christmas!, follows the adventures of Gus the Seagull and Isaac the Bob-Tailed Cat in their heroic attempt to save the jolly old elf himself. Just when it seems Christmas is doomed, the two friends fly to Santa’s rescue— and learn how the spirit of the festive season can last the whole year through.
The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays presents an exciting range of work by both established and emerging playwrights, and this first volume includes six plays selected from work written and produced during the opening decade of the twenty-first century. In her eclectic choices, editor Denyse Lynde offers an extraordinarily varied collection of dramatic works hand-picked from an incredibly successful and active period of production in the province. Robert Chafe’s illusory “Isle of Demons” shares space with Aiden Flynn’s mythic ... + Read More
A sharply original debut collection, How To Get Along With Women showcases Elisabeth de Mariaffi's keen eye and inventive voice. Infused with a close and present danger, these stories tighten the knot around power, identity, and sexuality, and draw the reader into the pivotal moments where--for better or for worse--we see ourselves for what we truly are.
Series: 1949The Twilight Before the DawnPaperbackJack Fitzgerald9781897174982$19.95HISTORY Oct 15, 2012
1949 is an historic, non-fictional account of the role one man played in breaking the shackles that kept Britain’s oldest colony in a state of permanent poverty and who led its people to a knock-down, drag ’em out battle into Confederation and the 20th century---Joseph R. Smallwood.
Series: In The FieldPaperbackJoan Sullivan9781550813913$19.95HISTORY Oct 24, 2012
A soldier dies, a community vanishes…and a story is found. When Steven Norris—a lieutenant with the famed Royal Newfoundland Regiment—dies at the battle of Gueudecourt in 1916, his family business is left without an heir. With the end of the Norris family mill, the once thriving town of Three Arms disappears. Almost 90 years later, a high-school theatre class mounts a successful musical based on the life and death of Steven Norris. When the curtain drops, a group of actors, teachers, and parents embark on a camping expedition to Three ... + Read More
The Shah of Shea Heights is the tall tale of a criminal family as told by Billy Tucker, a colourful character with an equally colourful past. His “mother of all tales” had been relayed by his own father one night beside the fireplace, accompanied by increasing amounts of Lambs & Coke. The delightful results invoke the intimacy of the classic fireside tale and the enduring narratives of Mark Twain.
Series: BracoPaperbackLesleyanne Ryan9781550813340$19.95FICTION Oct 15, 2012
The year is 1995. The city of Srebrenica falls to Serbian forces. While women and children cling to uncertain security in the UN-protected area of Potocari, thousands of men escape into the woods. Within 48 hours, as many as 8,000 of these Bosnian men will be executed. Braco—the Bosnian word for little brother—follows fourteen-year-old Bosnian refugee Atif Stavic’s agonizing five-day journey through the woods. His goal: the safe city of Tuzla. To get there, Atif must navigate fifty kilometres of minefields, artillery fire, and firing squ... + Read More
The first St. John’s taxi stand started up in the early-20th Century and greatly expanded prior to the Second World War. There are now almost four hundred taxis operating within the city limits. The Other Side of Midnight: Taxi Cab Stories is not a traditional history of taxi cabs in St. John’s. It describes the commonly shared experiences of an underwritten portion of Newfoundland’s working class while presenting St. John’s from the front seat of a taxi cab. It will explore the working lives of its subjects, as well as their thoughts and feeli... + Read More
Series: Cuffer Anthology Volume IV, TheA Collection of Short Stories from Newfoundland and LabradorPaperbackPam Frampton9781897174999$16.95FICTION Nov 20, 2012
Now in its fifth year, the Cuffer Prize is sponsored by The Telegram and Creative Book Publishing. It showcases short fiction from Newfoundland and Labrador writers, both new and well-established. The best entries from the 2011 competition appear in this anthology, and they run the gamut of writing styles; they're gritty, poignant, cheeky — sometimes downright disturbing — but all are compelling and meticulously crafted. Open the cover and turn the pages — you won't want to stop reading till the end.
Levi Conley has spent his life making a hard living off the water. Fishing defines who he is. But after being betrayed by his business partners, who are also his brothers, he flees out west for the "big bucks" promised by work as an apprentice welder. The work is well-paid, as promised, but it is also hazardous. And there is the unexpected collaboration with Jon Smith, a young native and contemporary artist; Levi respects his craftsmanship but balks at his politics. A new career in a new place with a new view of Canadian society - Levi must nav... + Read More
Strays, Ed Kavanagh’s first work of fiction since the award-winning novel The Confessions of Nipper Mooney, features ten memorable stories that explore the lives of those who somehow find themselves adrift. In “The Strayaway Child” a ninety-year-old woman recalls her girlhood during the Great Depression when she was a “sad, silent little nobody”; in “The Red Merc” a boy learns deep truths about his often absent father; and in “The Wind” a Newfoundlander in a big Canadian city struggles with issues of identity. Affecting, finely crafted, and oft... + Read More
In Newfoundland's Era of Corruption: Responsible Government 1855-1933 Jack Fitzgerald delves deep into the political records of the Responsible Government era in Newfoundland to reveal the widespread corruption and incompetence of Newfoundland politicians. In just forty-five years, Self-Government was handled so irresponsibly England considered taking it away. In the decades that followed things deteriorated even more. A sad commentary detailing this entire era is the only one Prime Minister Sir Robert Bond preserved in his private papers. Thi... + Read More
Series: Rails Across the RockA Then and Now Celebration of the Newfoundland RailwayHardcoverKen Pieroway9781771030199$29.95PHOTOGRAPHY Aug 20, 2013
Rails Across The Rockis an all colour ‘then & now ‘celebration of the former Newfoundland Railway on the 25th Anniversary of its closing. The reader is taken on a 547 mile photographic journey from Port aux Basques to St. John’s with virtually all stops in between. Captured from 1952 to 1988, you can see the last days of steam, ride the Caribou, and watch lengthy freights and little mixed trains, as well as the final run. Those scenes, contributed by some of North America’s top railway photographers, capture not only the colour and uniqueness o... + Read More
Series: Cuffer Anthology volume VA collection of short stories from Newfoundland and LabradorPaperbackPam Frampton9781771030212$16.95FICTION Nov 05, 2013
Now in its sixth year, the Cuffer Prize is sponsored by The Telegram and Creative Book Publishing in St. John’s. It showcases some of the best short fiction from Newfoundland and Labrador writers, both new and established. Entries in 2012 touch on numerous themes — relationships in their death throes, the loss of a parent of child, impending Armageddon, the strong pull of addiction and the perils of the sea. The stories were reviewed by Cuffer Prize judges Ramona Dearing, Joan Sullivan and Russell Wangersky, and selected by editor Pam Frampton.... + Read More
Series: Deep TooPaperbackStan Dragland9781927040829$12.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 01, 2013
Employing a sort of leaping or mosaic structure and incorporating e-mails re penis-enlargement, questionable limericks, jokes, graffiti and a photo of a "penis latte," along with personal anecdote and probes of books and films, Deep Too is a book of non-fiction stories. It is a funny and sometimes biting book about the phenomenon of male strut and competition. Thinking with feeling, the author posits an expansive masculinity that rises above stereotype, traditional roles and the either/or choices they so often involve.
Series: On Poppy's BeachPaperbackSusan Pynn Taylor9781771030151$12.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 8Oct 20, 2013
On Poppy's beach seashells I find. My bucket's filled with every kind. I keep the ones I like the best. to hide home in my treasure chest. Come spend a sweet summer's day exploring and enjoying the curiosities and beauties of a rural Newfoundland beach, as seen through the eyes of a little child. Filled with beautiful illustrations and lyrical verse, here is a warm and happy adventure that is both uniquely Newfoundland - as well as universal in its celebration of nature, nostalgia and joyful childhood innocence. Susan Pynn Taylor’s p... + Read More