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Dusty Dreams and Troubled Waters

A Story of HMCS Sackville and the Battle of the Atlantic

by Brian Bowman, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki & Susan Tooke
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: historical, action & adventure

A middle-grade graphic novel exploring the Battle of the Atlantic from a young prairie boy's perspective.

They said I was a sailor, now. But this was my first time on the ocean. And I was going to war...

By 1942 most of Europe was under the heel of the Nazis. Only the United Kingdom remained free to oppose them. Knowing Britain needed supplies from …

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The Good Fight

by Ted Staunton, illustrated by Josh Rosen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12
tagged: historical, prejudice & racism, post-confederation (1867-)

 

A fast-paced story set amidst Toronto's turbulent summer of 1933, this graphic novel sheds light on prejudice and social injustice.

 

It’s Toronto in the 1930s. The city is small, often xenophobic, and the summer is stiflingly hot. Everyone flocks to the lakeshore. In one area of the beach, a neighbourhood protective association has formed to keep …

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Maurice and His Dictionary

A True Story

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Enzo Lord Mariano
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: historical, school & education, holocaust

This is the story of one refugee family’s harrowing journey, based on author Cary Fagan’s own family history. The graphic novel follows a young Jewish boy, Maurice, and his family as they flee their home in Belgium during the Second World War. They travel by train to Paris, through Spain to Portugal, and finally across the ocean to Jamaica, wh …

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The Chief

Mistahimaskwa

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: native canadian, violence, boys & men, historical, canada, pre-confederation (to 1867)

On her way to school one day, Sarah is relieved to find the book she’d dropped the day before – shortly after an encounter with a bear. But when she opens it, the story within, about the Cree chief Mistahimaskwa, comes alive. It takes Sarah back to the Saskatchewan Plains of 1832, where the young boy who would become the great chief first learn …

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Modo: Ember's End

by Arthur Slade, illustrated by Christopher Steininger
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: action & adventure, science fiction, historical

Modo, who first made his appearance in The Hunchback Assignments, is a young, disfigured spy trained to be the ultimate secret agent.

Not only is Modo brilliant and strong, but he also has a special ability: he can temporarily take on the appearance of other people. While on holiday, Modo and fellow spy Octavia Milkweed find themselves in Ember's E …

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The Land of Os

John Ramsay

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Wai Tien
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: historical, emigration & immigration, canada, boys & men, values & virtues, native canadian

When Richard's class from Big Spirit School takes a canoe trip, he and his classmates chance upon an ederly woman. She tells them the story of her grandfather, John Ramsay, of the Sandy Bar community on Lake Winnipeg. Ramsay's land was taken by the government and given to the new settlers from Iceland who arrived there in 1875. Yet many owed their …

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The Poet

Pauline Johnson

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: native canadian, historical, post-confederation (1867-), canada, girls & women, business, careers, occupations, diversity & multicultural

Although Kathy loves poetry, she is far too shy to recite it in front of her class. But the story of Pauline Johnson, renowned as the "Mohawk Princess," inspires Kathy to overcome her stage fright. Pauline, from the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, crisscrossed the country, reciting her poems to far-flung communities, making her among the most belov …

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