Winner of The 1st Lynn Manuel Children's Fiction Contest

Thistlewood by Donna Chubaty



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“There are so many wonderful and mysterious secrets in this book… tantalizing twists to keep readers on the edge of their seats… the perfect mix of fun, surprises, dastardly villains and daring heroines.”


-Arthur Slade, Governor General’s Award Winner for Children’s Literature


When Signy’s oddball aunt tries to conjure up the spirit of their hat-making ancestor, Allistair Marshall, Signy discovers that her family was to blame for the devastating fire that destroyed their town of Thistlewood a hundred years earlier. But when Signy and her cousin Abigail return to the abandoned Marshall home, they are mysteriously transported back in time. Next thing Signy knows, she and Abigail are helping out in the Marshall’s hat shop where they witness the true powers of their magical hats. Even with such powers in their family’s possession, however, it seems like history is going to repeat itself. Can Signy uncover Thistlewood’s darkest secret in time? Or is she doomed to always live under the shadow of her most notorious ancestor?



Donna Chubaty lives in Winnipeg with her husband, two daughters and their two canine fur-babies, Izzy and Pippa. She is a Clinical Psychologist who has previously worked in the federal prison system, in adolescent/young adult mental health, and with the Canadian Armed Forces. She is currently in private practice. Thistlewood was inspired by life with her family and experiences in her work.