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The Pastel Planet

A Manitoulin Island Adventure

by Afsheadeh Abbasnezhad, illustrated by Norma West Linder
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: siblings

 

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 Two children from different families, are forced to live together when their parents marry. They do not like each other, but the outer space adventure they share on a holiday on Manitoulin Island changes that. A flying saucer lands on the shores of Lake Mindemoya, and they are invited aboard. They can’t wait to return to sch …

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Downside Up

by Richard Scrimger
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: death & dying, fantasy & magic

Fred is a sixth-grader reeling from the loss of his beloved dog, Casey. Every day he walks home from school bouncing Casey's old worn-out tennis ball. One day, the ball falls down a sewer grate, and Fred can't bear to leave it down there. He pries open the grate and stumbles down. Through the sewer, Fred enters a parallel universe: Casey is alive, …

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Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii

by Sara Florence Davidson & Aldona Jonaitis, illustrated by Janine Gibbons
edition: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: native canadian, multigenerational, school & education, camping & outdoor activities

Based on Haida artist Robert Davidson's own experiences with Tsinii (his grandfather), this beautiful story highlights intergenerational knowledge and authentic learning experiences.

Off the northern tip of Haida Gwaii, a boy goes fishing with his tsinii, his grandfather. As they watch the weather, jig for halibut, and row with the tides, there’s …

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Learning to Carve Argillite

by Sara Florence Davidson & Aldona Jonaitis, illustrated by Janine Gibbons
edition: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: native canadian, art & architecture, multigenerational, school & education

Based on Haida artist Robert Davidson's own childhood experiences, this beautiful story highlights learning through observation, as well as the role of Elders in sharing knowledge and mentorship.

Learning to carve is a lifelong journey. With the help of his father and grandfather, a boy on Haida Gwaii practises to become a skillful carver. As he car …

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The Sour Cherry Tree

by Naseem Hrab, illustrated by Nahid Kazemi
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 17
tagged: death & dying, emotions & feelings, multigenerational, non-classifiable

A heartwarming look at love, loss, and memorable objects through the eyes of a child
After her grandfather’s death, a young girl wanders through his house. As she tours each room, the objects she discovers stir memories of her grandfather—her baba bozorg. His closet full of clothes reminds her of the mints he kept in his pockets. His favorite …

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Sour Cakes

by Karen Krossing, illustrated by Anna Kwan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 7
tagged: emotions & feelings, imagination & play, siblings

Heavy emotions meet a deep well of understanding in this uplifting sibling story
Two siblings wake up in two very different moods; the older one cheerful and lively, the younger grumpy and irritable. The big sister negotiates and cajoles, tries everything she can think of to cheer her little sister up, but nothing works. She offers to go outside …

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The Midnight Club

by Shane Goth, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 7
tagged: bedtime & dreams, imagination & play, siblings, friendship

A cozy sibling conspiracy unfolds at midnight
At the stroke of midnight, Milly wakes up her big sister, Becca. It’s time for Milly’s first Midnight Club adventure! With Becca leading the way, the siblings explore the hidden wonders of their house in the dark. They dip into Dad’s jar of jelly beans, try on Mom’s coat, and make more mischie …

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The Great Bear

The Misewa Saga, Book Two

by David A. Robertson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: fantasy & magic, native american, orphans & foster homes

In this second book in the Narnia-inspired Indigenous middle-grade fantasy series, Eli and Morgan journey once more to Misewa, travelling back in time.

Back at home after their first adventure in the Barren Grounds, Eli and Morgan each struggle with personal issues: Eli is being bullied at school, and tries to hide it from Morgan, while Morgan has t …

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