Booky: A Trilogy by Bernice Thurman HunterBooky: A Trilogy by Bernice Thurman Hunter

Booky: A Trilogy

byBernice Thurman Hunter

Paperback | September 1, 1998

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Beatrice Thomson doesn't mind her funny nickname. It makes her feel special, which is important when you're the middle child: not the smartest, or the best-looking, or a boy. The Depression years are hard ones, with her father out of work and the family struggling to make ends meet. But irrepressible Booky, with her big imagination and even bigger plans, can tackle anything. A sharp-eyed kid can find plenty to see and do without spending a cent. Even if it does get her into scrapes!
Award-winner Bernice Thurman Hunter is the author of many highly acclaimed historical novels, including The Booky Trilogy and the equally successful Margaret books. Recently, Bernice was appointed to the Order of Canada Award for her contributions to the country. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Title:Booky: A TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.6 × 5.33 × 1.17 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0590124862

ISBN - 13:9780590124867

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historical Fiction at its best! I first read the Booky series in grade 6 and loved them. Years later I rediscovered this trilogy while browsing in store and bought it immediately. I now revisit the adventures of Booky at least once or twice a year. This book just remains an all time favourite.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just bought this for my daughter! I read these books when I was in grade 5. In grade 6, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Beatrice Thurman Hunter. She came and gave a talk to our class, and I've never forgotten her. This year, I've purchased the trilogy for my own daughter, and I know she will enjoy Booky as much as I did- as a bonus- I get to re-read the books.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Canadian Classic Whenever I want to hear her voice again, I read "Booky" or any one of her 17 novels. She was my mother and my inspiration as a writer. My legacy is to complete her unfinished work, which I did in The Girls They Left Behind (Fitzhenry). Again the main character was herself, a teenager living in Toronto during World War 2. I have just published her "first and last" novel, Kimberley of Millpond (available at depicting life in a small town in the 1950's. Bernice Thurman Hunter is the voice of Canada, showing us the way it was. Her books should be read around the world. So warm and funny, they can be read again and again by all ages.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I remember in grade 5, many many years ago, our teacher read these books at the end of the day. We really got into it, curious to know how a young girl survived in Toronto during the depression, and loved every moment. Well written, poignant and funny, this is a MUST READ for people of all ages. I highly recommend this to parents - read it along with your children.
Date published: 2005-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will never find a book better than this one! Booky is an amazing story. I really enjoyed learning how people lived during the Depression. Beatrice Myrtle Thomson, nick-named Booky, with 4 other siblings in the family, suffered through this awful time, with her dad having no work, and with no money to pay the rent for the house. Booky had many hard times in her life, but with her unforgetable Aunt Aggie and Aunt Milly, Booky finds her way through these bad times. This is the most wonderful book ever! Read It!
Date published: 2004-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! i dont know how often i can read this book, ive completely torn my original copy. bernice thurman hunter is an amazing author!
Date published: 2004-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For those who never were extraordinary Living in the 'dirty 30's' in Toronto would have been old fashioned, obviously, in today's standards. Yet, through the eyes of Booky, you'll fall in love with just how special her nickname can really be.
Date published: 2002-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Booky Trilogy I read these books in Grade 4 and they got me through my teenage years. I read them every year. They remind me of how lucky I was to grow up in a loving family environment.
Date published: 2002-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I read all of the Booky books when I was in grade 4 and I absolutely loved it. I thought that it was one off my favourite books of all times. People who are reading this review, I think that you should read this book. It's fantastic!
Date published: 2002-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That Scatterbrain Booky I first read these 3 books when I was 10, over 15 years ago. It was amazing to me to read about real life in the depression, the kind of life my Grandmother must have lived through in downtown Toronto. Booky always got in trouble, but the focus always came back to family. I loved learning about the history of Toronto, and actually seeing where it had changed as I drove down the Gardnier. I am now buying this trilogy for my soon to be daughter, and will start reading it to her in the womb. 5 Stars
Date published: 2001-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite I was 6 when I started to read. That Scatterbrain booky was the 1st book I ever read by myself. I am so pleased to find a place to buy the books. I read my copies to tatters. I am 21 now and am so excited to get another copy.
Date published: 2000-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Booky: Entertaining and Informative Hunter has done well in this trilogy. She tells the story of a family, and their middle daughter, living in the Great Depression. These books are entertaining -- they can hold a child's attention -- but they also present a picture of the Depression. From bed bugs, to trips to Eaton's bargan basement, to Booky's first date, these books chronicle Booky's childhood and her era. Very Good
Date published: 2000-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is not a's a 5+! I LOVE this trilogy! It's so gripping yet such a normal life, that it's just great. This author is one of the best I've ever read! If this was her real life I envy her!
Date published: 2000-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! My absolute favorite books of all time. Perfectly displays the Great Depression in Canada as I thought it might be. A wonderful literary journey!
Date published: 2000-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best one ever! This book is the best! I read it all 4 times! Bernice, you rock!
Date published: 2000-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That Scatterbrain Booky This is a really good book!!! Bernice Thurman Hunter is my great Aunt. My granddad who is Arthur in the story is standing right beside me when I am writing this. I have to do a book review on this book and I need information!!! Well gotta go.
Date published: 2000-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece This book is great fun. Mrs.Hunter really shows exactly how it would be to live in the years of depression. I found this book to be a sure favourite of mine. I thought this book was riviting and very detailed. I advise everyone to read the trilogy.
Date published: 1999-12-10

From Our Editors

Most kids would object to being nicknamed "Booky," but Beatrice Thomson doesn’t mind. After all, when you’re the middle kid, you need something to stand out. Despite her loving family, times are hard during the Depression and there isn’t much laughter in the house. But irrepressible Booky has big plans and an even bigger imagination -- follow her adventures as she sets out to see and do everything without spending a cent in Booky: A Trilogy, that includes That Scatterbrain Booky, With Love from Booky and As Ever, Booky.

Editorial Reviews

"Hunter can recapture exactly how it felt to be a funny, spirited, naïve, noticing kind of kid scampering through Toronto's Depression years on an empty stomach and skinny legs." (Toronto Star)