2022 Book Selections


Cover of book The Light-Keeper's Daughters

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

The Lightkeeper's Daughters tells the story of Elizabeth, whose father and family ran the lighthouse on Porphyry Island on Lake Superior 70 years before. Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family—a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father's journals are found after a tragic accident. With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service, the pair reads through the diaries. As the words on the musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed.

Booklist called the novel “Deeply satisfying.... With strong characters and rich in historical details, The Lightkeeper's Daughters looks carefully at love and identity and the things we do to keep them both safe.” 

Pendziwol's debut novel was a Globe and Mail bestseller, a BBC Radio Two Book Club selection and winner of the Northern Lit Award for Fiction. It has been published in 11 countries.


Cover of the book Me and You and the Red Canoe

Me and You and the Red Canoe

In Me and You and the Red Canoe, by Jean E. Pendziwol, for ages 5-8, in the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way. The poetic text is accompanied by beautiful paintings rendered on wood panels that give a nostalgic feeling to the story.

School Library Journal wrote that it is “A true gem that invites contemplation and reflection in children, who are often too busy to notice the beauty of everyday life.”

Pendziwol is the author of nine books for children, and has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

About the Author


Portrait of Jean Pendziwol

Jean E. Pendziwol

Jean E. Pendziwol is the author of more than ten critically-acclaimed books for children, including Once Upon a Northern Night—finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award—and I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree—a 2020 Globe & Mail recommended book. Her bestselling picture book No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons), was selected by McDonald's Restaurants for their Happy Meal literacy program and continues to be used to teach fire safety in a number of countries including the US and UK. Jean's debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper's Daughters, was a Globe & Mail bestseller, shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection, and winner of the Northern Lit Award. Her books for both adults and children have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available around the world. Her newest picture book, When I Listen to Silence, is illustrated by Carmen Mok. Jean lives in northwestern Ontario where she has been a sessional lecturer of creative writing at Lakehead University.



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Read, and meet award-winning Canadian author Jean E. Pendziwol

October 11 •  7 pm
Northern Center, Marquette

October 12 • 6 pm
Munising School Public Library


Also join us for a special presentation by Dianna Stampfler 

Death and Lighthouses on the Great Lakes

September 8 •  6 pm

Munising School Public Library


All events are free and open to everyone!

Special Programming for Me and You and the Red Canoe:
Two Books Two Communities is providing every 1st - 3rd grade classroom in Marquette and Alger Counties with a copy of the Pendziwol's children's book Me and You and the Red Canoe. Girls Scouts are reading it to senior citizens and Jean Pendziwol will host story workshops in children's classrooms.

Donations to Two Books Two Communities are appreciated and make our programming possible! Please choose "Other" in the Area of Support List and type in Two Books Two Communities. Thank you!

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    Sue Szczepanski and Britta Taylor holding book

    Me and You and the Red Canoe Comes to Elementary Schools

    Congratulations to Britta Taylor, 2nd grade teacher at Superior Hills, who won the drawing to have author Jean E. Pendziwol visit her classroom. Copies of "Me and You and the Red Canoe" have been donated by Two Books Two Communities to 1st through 3rd grade classrooms in Marquette and Alger Counties. Committee member Sue Szczepanski is shown presenting the book to Ms. Taylor.

    Brita Taylor reading book to class

    How to Access the Books

    Copies are available for purchase at the NMU bookstore, at Snowbound Books, Falling Rock Books and Cafe in Munising and other bookstores in Marquette County. You may also order the novel from your local bookstore, online retailer or check out a copy at your library.

    Or download the free Libby or Overdrive app from Google Play, App Store, or Microsoft, and you can access a free audio or ebook version, if you have a library card. Affiliated library systems may also have the titles available on the apps.

    The Lightkeeper's Daughters is also available through the Great Lakes Talking Books program.