True Stories of River City Kids

By (author): Linda Goyette
ISBN 9780973248173
Softcover | Publication Date: September 1, 2004
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 7.5 in
128 Pages

About the Book

An original look at a city’s development through the eyes and words of real children who have lived there.

Kidmonton: True Stories of River City Kids is a lively illustrated book for young readers that relates the city’s history entirely from the point of view of real children over time.

Using the techniques of fiction to bring true stories to life, the book embraces all of Edmonton’s children: aboriginal, immigrant, inner-city and suburban, challenged and privileged, born in Edmonton and recently arrived. A timeline, glossary, and suggestions for more reading and city exploring are also included.

This chapter book has been written specifically for eight and nine year-olds who often encounter Alberta’s history for the first time in Grade Four. Full of fresh, vivid writing—and humour—it will be a pleasure to read in the classroom or at home. Kidmonton tells the city’s story to its youngest citizens in a bold, new way.

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About the Author(s)

Linda Goyette is a writer, editor, and journalist with a strong interest in oral history and contemporary storytelling. She has written three books of non-fiction and is the author of three of the four Courageous Kids books: Kidmonton: True Stories of River City Kids; Rocky Mountain Kids, and Northern Kids.


“In Kidmonton, [a] lively and imaginative book, Goyette brings many figures from the city’s long tale to younger readers. Adults many find themselves peeking into it, too, for answers to that childlike query we never outgrow: what is the past?” —Canadian Geographic