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by Dave Glaze


Sandra, a young girl from a small northern community, is forced to leave everything she knows behind when the loss of her father's job brings them to the city.

Finding the city a lonely place, Sandra seeks solace at the river which runs through it, where she befriends a pelican. When "Pelly," as she calls the pelican, remains after his flock flies south, Sandra's ingenuity is put to the test as she struggles to keep him alive through the long prairie winter.

Pelly combines the story of a pelican's battle to survive a harsh environment with that of a solitary girl who finds strength and friendship through her nurturing of the wild animal. In this entertaining, compelling novel, Dave Glaze introduces a determined young heroine who is certain to captivate.


5.25" x 8" 112 pages
6.95 CDN; 5.95 USD
E-Book Price
Juvenile Novel Tradepaper 8+
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.



*Our Choice Designation – Canadian Children's Book Centre

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