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Chariots of Gaul

by Jack Mitchell
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: ancient civilizations, europe

When Julius Caesar invades Celtic Britain, among the many hostages taken by the Romans is a sixteen-year-old boy named Ludu. He is brought to Rome, where his great skill as a charioteer soon earns him glory in the Circus Maximus. At first, it seems that Ludu is fated to spend the rest of his life in Rome when he learns that Celtic Gaul has risen in …

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Louis Riel Day

The Fur Trade Project

by Deborah L. Delaronde, illustrated by Sheldon Dawson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: native canadian, canada, non-classifiable, post-confederation (1867-)

When a young boy is assigned a project about the fur trade by his teacher, he doesn’t know who to turn to because his mom works all day. With help from his grandfather and the internet, they travel back in time and discover how the fur trade began, a new people emerged, the Métis’ role in the fur trade, Louis Riel and the Red River Resistance, …

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Painted Fences

by Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Sydney Barnes
edition: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: multigenerational, military & wars

A charming and evocative story within a story, exploring themes of wartime resourcefulness, local history, friendship, and the reverberations of the past in the present day.

On a beautiful spring day in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood, eight-year-old Esther takes a walk with her great-grandfather on his birthday. On the same street and the same …

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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 17
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 Girl of Newgate Prison

by David Starr
edition: Paperback
tagged: europe

A young reader novel about Libby, who is thrown into Newgate Prison in the early years of the 19th century and is sentenced to hang. In this young reader novel set at the beginning of the 19th century, Libby is placed in chains and transported to London's notorious Newgate Prison after which, in a show trial, she is found guilty of helping her brot …

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Trapped in Hitler's Web

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: europe, holocaust, military & wars

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler, explores the bonds of friendship and family against the perilous backdrop of war.

 

In the grip of World War II, Maria has realized that her Nazi-occupied Ukrainian town is no longer safe. Though she and her family might survive, her friend Nathan, who is Jewish, is in grave danger. So Maria …

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Lady with the Books, The

A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman

by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Marie Lafrance
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: books & libraries, girls & women, europe

Inspired by true events, a fictionalized retelling of how one woman brought a world of books to children in Germany after World War II, and changed their lives forever.

Anneliese and Peter will never be the same after the war that took their father's life. One day, while wandering the ruined streets of Munich, the children follow a line of people en …

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Cave Paintings

by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: multigenerational, exploration & discovery, science fiction

Our hero travels all alone on a spaceship, through the universe, past galaxies, comets and planets to go visit his grandmother on Earth for the summer holidays. She takes him to visit an ancient cave, where he discovers handprints and drawings of unknown animals made by human beings, just like him. To top off his wonderful holiday she gives him my …

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