The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. Macdonald

History, Mystery & Thrillers, Middle Grade

By Roderick Benns

Publisher : Fireside Publishing House

The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. Macdonald

ABOUT Roderick Benns

Roderick Benns
Roderick Benns was the odd kid in class who had memorized all the Canadian prime ministers in order. He was born in Peterborough and raised in Lindsay, the scenic Kawartha Lakes of Ontario, Canada. He has had a varied writing career spanning 24 years, with newspapers, magazines, Internet n More...


When a grizzled old man shoves a decades-old treasure map into 13-year-old John A. Macdonald’s hands, he’s certain this will be the best summer ever. But that was before a humpback lake serpent is seen at twilight by the people of Stone Mills in the mysterious Lake on the Mountain. As people flee in panic, John knows his family might be next unless he can figure out what dwells in the lake in time. But does he have what it takes to confront something he can’t see clearly? Or will the serpent in the darkness win?

The award-winning ‘Leaders & Legacies’ series on Canada’s Prime Ministers as teens is a historical fiction series for ages 11 and up and stars none other than our own Prime Ministers as mystery-solving, adventurous youth. Through compelling novels about our leaders when they were 12 to 13 years old, we are bringing these heroes to life.

"This is a well-told and lively tale, exciting, human, funny times scary, of an adventure by a young boy who would grow up to become Canada's first Prime Minister."
--Richard Gwyn, author,
 “Nation Maker:
Sir John A Macdonald:
His Life, Our Times"

“John A. Macdonald is…haunted by the murder of his younger brother, James, in this lush novel filled with fresh insights into John A.’s character, his cunningness, and his charisma. Roderick Benns’ dialogue lifts off the page. This is as close to John A. telling the story of his own life as we are ever going to get.”
-- Patricia Phenix, author, Private Demons:
The Tragic Personal Life of John A. Macdonald
"I think it is wonderful that Fireside Publishing House is bringing out another in its books of historical fiction. John A's adventures as a boy will now become as legendary as his feats when he was Canada's leader."
-- J.L. Granatstein, author of "Who Killed Canadian History?

“…an inspired choice of setting… Let's hope that Benns' books will lure reluctant readers away from their video games and transform them into history buffs. Recommended.”
-- Canadian Review of Materials (CM Magazine)
“…entertaining historical fiction…an excellent book...”
-- Library Thing
“The Legends of Lake on the Mountain is an exciting pick for younger readers. Highly recommended.”
-- Midwest Book Review