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The Biggest Poutine in the World

The Biggest Poutine in the World

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Reading Level: Lexile HL650L
Hardcover : 9781554518265, 224 pages, March 2016 , 7.875" x 5.25"
Paperback : 9781554518258, 224 pages, March 2016 , 7.875" x 5.25"


Thomas would do anything to make his mother come back. On his fifth birthday, Thomas’s mother left, and he hasn’t seen her since. The last thing he remembers is her making a delicious dish of poutine for his birthday. Into the concoction of French fries, gravy and melted cheese curds, she stuck five green candles for him to blow out. On the day of this twelfth birthday, Thomas comes up with the idea of setting a Guinness world record for the biggest poutine in the world. Maybe then, his mother will come back and his emotionally distant father will pay attention to him. As he puts together all the pieces of his “Phenomenal Poutine Project,” Thomas not only learns why his mother disappeared, but he also comes to realize that Elie, the one person whose help he rejected, turns out to be his most devoted friend. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time, The Biggest Poutine in the World, was the winner of the French language 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.


  • Winner, Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Winner, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2016
  • Winner, TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Reads List 2017
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2016


“An uplifting tale of friendship, determination, and emotional growth. ”

- Quill & Quire

“Poulin addresses family, alcoholism, loss, love, disability, goal setting and identity with an experienced hand and a compassionate heart. ”

- CM Reviews

“A funny and tender coming-of-age story. ”

- School Library Journal