Canadian Disasters 2013 includes stories such as the Cougar Helicopter Crash in Newfoundland, the Franklin Expedition, Canada's unique fight against Polio, Canada's Deadliest Mine Disaster and the 1775 Hurricane that was estimated to have taken 4000 lives, and many more.

All René Schmidt's books contain authentic and little-known events in Canada's history. These are seldom found in American or British publications. Unfortunately this edition has been sold out. René is gathering information for another edition with Scholastic Canada. 

1Scholastic Canada 


Leaving Fletchville (a Red Maple Honour Book) was René's first published fiction novel and is based partly on true events. This novel is suitable for Grades 6 - 10 and portrays youthful maturity, responsibility, fatherhood and love in the face of racism and family troubles. Positive reviews in literary and review magazines in Canada and the U.S.A. recommend it for classroom use.  CBC radio program All Points West called it "tremendous fun to read."   

Leaving Fletchville unfortunately is sold out in print form but is available as an e-book through Orca Publishers.

There are used copies available through Amazon,   


Canadian Disasters (1985 Version) was reprinted three times and ultimately sold 57 000 copies and is still found in libraries across Canada. Rene wrote the manuscript on a typewriter and did his searches before the Internet existed. He visited archives, libraries and photo collections to make the twenty-eight original stories accurate and factual. René promised his Special Education students their names would be printed in the acknowledgements section if they helped him proofread. They began proofreading and started to enjoy reading on their own terms.  Canadian Disasters (1985) outsold all other Scholastic Canada titles for a time.





Disaster! was first published in 1999 and revised again in 2000 with more information about the Swissair Flight 111 crash at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. Disaster! contained 36 stories with bigger photographs and was organized into subject categories like Canada's Worst Disaster, When The Earth Breaks, Nature's Fury, Disasters On The MoveFire!, Canada's Own Titanic Stories and Recent Disasters. This edition sold 15,000 copies and is now out of print. Used copies can be found online. 






This third edition of Canadian Disasters came out in 2006 and included many new disaster stories and the new category of Medical Disasters. René got help from a very keen group of students that year and, as always, acknowledged them in the book. This edition had an excellent cover and also sold 15,000 copies.       







List of René's commercial trade books 

Canadian Disasters – 43 True Stories, 2013,  Scholastic Canada, ISBN 978-1-4431-2440-9
Leaving Fletchville  2008, Orca Book Publishers, ISBN978-1-55143-945-7  
Canadian Disasters, 2006, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-439-94936 (sold out)
DISASTER! 36 Real-Life Canadian Tragedies 1999, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-439-98715-6  (sold out)
Canadian Disasters, 1985, Scholastic Canada, ISBN 0-590-71525-9  (sold out) 

René's other publications 

That’s Just the Way We Were  - A History of Brighton, 2006  Contributing Author,
Canadian Living Magazine  “Less is More – A Family Holiday to Remember ”, August, 2003 
Canadian Living Magazine  “Disorganized Sports” March, 2000
Design and Technology Teachers of Ontario: A Cybernetic Land Walker Spring 2000,
Design and Technology Teachers of Ontario:  The Wind Machine Winter 2002,
Existere Magazine of York University, 1978, "My First Summer" short story,