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That Scatterbrain Booky

That Scatterbrain Booky

by Bernice Thurman Hunter

ISBN 9780545986182 Paperback
176 Pages | 5.25" x 7.6" | Ages 9 to 12

Scatterbrained, incorrigible and irrepressible — Booky will win you over in this Canadian classic set in Depression-era Toronto.

It's almost 1933 and the Great Depression has hit the east end of Toronto. Booky's father can't find work; her mother is expecting another baby; the bailiff keeps threatening to evict the family from their home; and her older brother Arthur is terribly annoying. Yes, life is full of setbacks.

But through the eyes of Booky Thomson the world has an energetic, rosy tinge: there are street games to play at night with the neighbourhood kids; butter and white sugar sandwiches; important talks with her Grandpa; riding the streetcar to her Aunt Susan's nut and candy shop; and an oh-so-special afternoon at the talking picture show. And soon, soon, she knows her parents will stop fighting, her hunger pangs will subside, and her family will laugh again.

With nostalgic black-and-white photos from the era throughout, this treasure of a book offers an authentic, poignant glimpse into one family's struggle to stay together when the world around them was falling apart.


  • Short-listed, Toronto Book Award, 1982
  • Winner, IODE Toronto Jean Throop Award, 1981

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Also by
Bernice Thurman Hunter

  • The Margaret Trilogy
  • As Ever, Booky
  • With Love From Booky

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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