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The Light-Fingered Gang

by Dave Glaze

Twelve-year-old Mackenzie Davis helps catch the sinister thieves preying on Saskatoon in 1912 and learns to make his own judgements about the people he meets.

Twelve-year-old Mackenzie Davis helps catch the sinister thieves preying on Saskatoon in 1912 and learns to make his own judgements about the people he meets.
  
Mackenzie Davis can’t help it: he keeps getting involved in mysteries. He and his friend Albert roam the young city of Saskatoon – watching buildings go up, searching for coins under boardwalks, running impromptu races all over town.

Like his father Ted, a reporter for the Daily Phoenix, Mackenzie loves interesting stories and people. People like his “Galician” friend Stanley, who opens Mack’s eyes to the lives of the men building downtown Saskatoon. Or the local strongman, Henry Lavallée, who uses strength and cunning to conquer a circus hero. Or the mysterious Chinese boy who works at the local laundry.

Action peaks during the visit of a circus – complete with elephants, tigers, and light-fingered pickpockets. Mack and Albert, with help from the Chinese boy, catch the bad guys. Mack learns about typhoid fever. And an enterprising young man named “John” has some convincing arguments about why he’ll one day be prime minister.

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ISBN
9781550503265
Size
5.25" x 7.5" 196 pages
Ages:
9+
Price
$8.95 CDN; $7.95 USD
E-Book Price
CDN; USD
Categories
History Tradepaper 9+
Author
Dave Glaze
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About the Author

Dave Glaze was born in British Columbia, and has lived in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He lives in Saskatoon, and, for the last 25 years, has worked as a teacher, librarian, and an educational consultant.

Dave is the author of five successful Coteau juvenile novels – – the first 2 "Mac Davis" titles: The Light-Fingered Gang, & Last Flight of the Birdman, both of which have been nominated for Saskatchewan Book Awards. He also wrote the highly successful, Who Took Henry and Mr. Z? which was a finalist in the children's category of the Arthur Ellis Crime Writers awards. His critically acclaimed first novel, Pelly has been adopted for use in many schools across the country, including the entire Newfoundland education system.

Dave Glaze has spent most of his life in Saskatoon. He now spends time mentoring other writers and conducting workshops across the country.

From the author A fascination with local history led me to create the Mackenzie Davis Files series.

 Set in 1912, the books explore a boom era when thousands and thousands of people arrived in western Canada from many other places in the world. It was an exciting time and place to live. However, prejudices based in religion, language and nationality often thrived while neighbours struggled to speak to one another without a common language.

I find this mix of people and challenges sparks a lot of fiction possibilities.

http://www.daveglaze.ca/

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