Teachers … have you discovered our family friendly novels?
Our books may already be sitting on your library shelves. If not, here is what you need to know …
Teachers from many countries visit Victoria, BC and meet author, J. Robert Whittle, at the Bastion Square Market and buy some of his books … hundreds over the last 18 years. Some even return to tell Robert how much their class enjoyed reading his books, still others actually bring their classes to Victoria. They meet Mr. Whittle and spend their time in the city visiting the historical locations talked about in his historical novels set in Victoria and the Pacific Northwest (down the Puget Sound to Seattle too). These books are: Victoria Chronicles Trilogy, Whispers Across Time and Yesterdays.
Why are these books so great for kids?
- bestselling and award-winning novels
- family friendly
- they’re all eBooks
- on AR Lists
The following list starts with our books for little kids going to oldest reader … our books are also read by adults.
Moonbeam Series – two fairy stories set in Fairyland, a fantasy set in a land among the stars where fairies and leprechauns become moonbeam riders so they can help Earth children solve their problems. There are many old-fashioned lessons about respecting elders, appreciating your friends, having confidence in yourself, etc. Fun and non-scary read-aloud books for G1-3 with G2/3 vocabulary.
Lizzie Series – set in early 19th century England with the main characters of Lizzie and Quon Lee (both about 10 years-of-age to begin with) during the Napoleonic Wars and Industrial Revolution with the Age of Steam and printing press playing major roles as the series continues. Lizzie and Quon progress from juveniles (ages 8-12 in Book 1), to young adults (ages 12-16 in Books 2-3) and as young adults on the brink of exciting adult lives in Book 4. They are superb read-aloud books for G3-7, Book 1 was recommended reading for 1st Year Univ. English Lit in all BC universities and colleges C2005. Educational, inspirational and entertaining. G8/9+
Victoria Chronicles – trilogy of novels set in real history in and around Victoria and Seattle from 1900-1919 with approx. 70% real characters from the Pacific Northwest. These books are as close to fiction as novels can be. They are the first novels to be endorsed by the Victoria Archives. Books 1 and 2 are Canadian Bestsellers and Book 3 won an Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal in 2007.
Some historical events covered are the Canadian Gold Rushes, end of whaling industry on Pacific Coast, WW1, Prohibition on Pacific Coast and Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19. This series has absolutely NO swearing and is totally family friendly as mentioned above. Real historical events and characters. G8/9+
Whispers Across Time – another historical novel set in 1916 but with more frivolous content. Written to mainly entertain, there is still a great deal of real historical content. Oliver Ryan, is a lonely and bored journalist from Seattle, WA who works in 1916 Victoria, BC. One night he is mysteriously drawn to the Ross Bay Cemetery where he meets some of the resident spirits. He soon realizes they have had some fun with him turning him into a mortal angel. He is given a Guardian Angel and learns he can time-travel, do good deeds, and talk to ghosts from different periods of history. A wonderful (yet platonic) romance with a female teacher from present day, Everett WA, adds a modern setting with Oliver in unfamiliar territory discovering how the world has changed since 1916 (including TVs and remote controls). Entertaining and historical. G9+
Race for a Treasure – set in modern day, the Coolridge family, an English mother, and son, search for historical information at the English and Spanish archives in Plymouth. They hope these records will lead them to the location of an early 18th C. Spanish ship carrying gold treasure from Western Canada. This novel has become a favourite particularly with male readers 12 and up and who who enjoy seafaring … and pirate stories. It contains more than enough adventure to keep any reader turning the pages as this family encounters some unexpected adventure and intrigue. This unwittingly creates an International event as they travel from England to Spain, then to Portugal and finally to Vancouver Island, Canada. They are tracked by two rather bumbling agents of the Spanish Government all the way from Spain to BCs westcoast, and even as their search for the missing ship begins. G8+
Yesterdays – a random selection of short stories suitable for G8 and up, including two historically correct (Victoria BC), ghost stories and some very interesting lessons for life. The second half of the book is the lively western “A Debt to Pay” set in the US Rockies. The main characters are a handsome young cowboy (of course) who is seeking revenge on the murderers of his parents, encountering many obstacles to his search. He meets a physically handicapped young woman who has inherited an isolated family homestead with a whole host of problems. Robert has quite an imagination and loved horses too! G8+
Silent Destiny – Set in modern day, a Canadian English Professor discovers she has inherited a Scottish Estate and must go to the UK immediately. On arriving in Scotland she learns the details of not only the estate but also that she has inherited a 700-year-old mystery. All of Scotland is relying on her to solve it! Written to entertain, the historical content combines with a mystery that will have you turning the pages to its conclusion and wanting more. G8+