Earlier books by Shane Peacock - covers

Earlier Books

Shane is also author of the four-volume Dylan Maples Adventures set, a biography of Canada’s great 19th-century aerialist The Great Farini, and the only young adult book on Canada’s prime ministers.

Dylan Maples Adventures

Covers of the four volumes in the Dylan Maples Adventure series

In The Mystery of Ireland’s Eye (1999), eleven-year-old Dylan Maples visits Newfoundland on an ocean kayaking trip with his parents. There, they discover a ghost town on a distant island. But is it really deserted? And why did the scary man at the dock whisper in his ear: “Do not go to Ireland’s Eye!” Nominated for five national book awards.

The Secret of the Silver Mines (2000). Dylan Maples finds himself in little Cobalt in northern Ontario, where his father is seeking the silver cache that was stolen from one of the area’s now-abandoned mines … ninety years ago. What does the bizarre old man in the haunted house in the dying town know about it? Dylan and his new friend Wynona Dixon break in … and find out.

Bone Beds of the Badlands (2001). In the scariest book in the series, Dylan and three friends win a science fair competition and are awarded a trip to a renowned dinosaur museum in Drumheller, Alberta. But soon their adventure turns terrifying. Lost in Dinosaur Provincial Park, they are pursued by a man on the run from the RCMP, a 7-foot murderer known as “the Reptile.”

Monster in the Mountains (2003). On vacation in Sasquatch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Dylan meets the family’s black sheep: his great uncle, and former high-wire walker, Walter Middy. Dylan and his rebellious new friend Alice Carr learn about Uncle Walter’s dark past, then suspect he has seen a sasquatch, the monster of the BC forests. Before long, they are on its trail.

The Great Farini: The High-Wire Life of William Hunt

The acclaimed biography (for adults) of one of the most amazing men in history: William Hunt walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire in 1860, created the human cannonball act, was one of the earliest flying-trapeze performers, an African explorer, artist, inventor, showman, Svengali, freak-show promoter, mining engineer, and master of seven languages. (Penguin Books Canada, 1995)

Unusual Heroes: Canada’s Prime Ministers

The only Young Adult book about Canada’s prime ministers, it tells the tales of the strange men who ran the great country, from childhood to the halls of power, all of them … wackos. One actually talked to the dead, another fought pirates, and another was the best street fighter in his hometown. (Penguin Books Canada, 2002)