The Shadow & The Candle

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Blake (left) and Logan, the inspirations behind the book

100% of the net profits of sales of this book sold through OPACC go directly to support OPACC!


"The Shadow & The Candle" written by Dennis Scherer, a grandfather of a child diagnosed with ALL from Guelph, Ontario, to support childhood cancer organizations through the Yellow Moon Mouse Children's Campaign.

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Story behind the book, as told by Mr. Scherer:

"The Shadow and the Candle came about after our grandson Logan at the age of four developed leukemia (ALL) in 2018. My wife Joyce and I spent endless days and nights with our grandsons Logan (now seven) and Blake (now nine) helping the family through this trying time. A regular habit with the boys was storytelling. However, instead of reading stories all the time, we created and made up our own. Logan asked me one day if we could put one of his favourites into a book. This will be the first of fifteen stories I have created through this process.


I began researching local Illustrators and Editors and I have partnered with Robin Baird Lewis to complete this book.  Robin, after reading my script, assured me that this could be a children's book.  After several meetings and discussions, I decided to pursue this in order to support sick kids and fight childhood cancer.  Robin may be best known in the Children's genre of books with her international book "Red Is Best." She completed the editing and illustrations for "The Shadow and the Candle." Robin has created distinctively styled images for 20 titles, published variously by Annick Press, OUP, Random House, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Western Psychology Press, and for self published authors using General Store Publishing Co, Wishima Press and Friesen Press. For further information you can visit her website"

Media Coverage:


Radio interview with the author


Review by Amanda Halfpenny of

The Canadian Children's Book Centre​

Where To Buy:

The price is $20 including shipping (discount for orders of 2+ copies). While this book is also sold at other locations, when you purchase your copy directly from OPACC, you ensure that your purchase supports OPACC!

Books are also available in Gravenhurst at Al Truistic's Beer Bread Bakery


We are also looking for local distributors in Barrie! If you'd like to help by selling the book at your location, please contact us.

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