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The Dog Who Learned the Names of the Stars

text by Kai Cheng Thom, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: dogs, death & dying, exploration & discovery, aeronautics & astronautics

The heart-rending story of Laika, the brave canine space traveller.

By two of the co-creators of the acclaimed children's book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea: the moving and beautifully told story of Laika, the dog who learned the names of the stars. Laika is an orphaned stray dog who lives in the streets of Moscow in the 1950s in …

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Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

by Anne Dublin, read by Steven Vlahos
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: europe, post-confederation (1867-), emigration & immigration

 

Thirteen-year-old Jacob’s life is hard in 1920s Poland, where he lives in an orphanage for Jewish children. His days are brightened by playing in the orphanage mandolin orchestra. When an American benefactor arrives with the promise of a new life in Canada at a farm school, Jacob and his friends are thrilled. But can they trust this man to keep …

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A Struggle for Hope

by Carol Matas
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: holocaust

 

A gripping story of survival and hope from acclaimed author Carol Matas.

 

 

Ruth survived the Holocaust and the long journey to Palestine. Now she finds herself once again in a war zone as Israel battles for its existence. Her brother is on the front lines. Ruth and her boyfriend are injured and cannot fight, so they care for children in a hospital. …

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She Stitched the Stars

A Story of Ellen Harding Baker's Solar System Quilt

by Jennifer Harris, illustrated by Louise Pigott
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: girls & women, 19th century

In 1876 Ellen Harding Baker began stitching an extraordinary quilt, one that accurately depicted our solar system. Ellen, a Iowa storekeeper's wife and a mother, had a curiosity that reached far beyond the stratosphere. Today the quilt hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This lyrical story imagines the creation of the …

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A Sure Cure for Witchcraft

by Laura Best
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 0
  • Grade: p
tagged: europe, fantasy & magic

Witches are hated in Württemberg, in what is now Germany, in the eighteenth century. It’s not so long since they were burned, and any woman who knows too much, who’s too clever or quick or skilled at healing, is suspect.

Young Lilli knows this, and yet she also knows that the wise woman she’s learning from, Alisz, isn’t evil. She is teachin …

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A Terrible Tide

by Suzanne Meade
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), disasters

November 18th, 1929. In her small village in Newfoundland, Celia is setting the table for her 13th birthday celebration when the house starts to shake. It's an earthquake, rumbling under the Atlantic Ocean. A few hours later, the sea water disappears from the harbor, only to rush back in a wave almost 30 feet high, destroying nearly everything in i …

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Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built

by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: new experience, europe, architecture

A joyful celebration of the nature-inspired work of architect Antoni Gaudí
Carmen Batlló and Dragon, her imaginary salamander friend, love exploring the woods behind their home. But when Carmen’s family announces a move to the city, Carmen is miserable. Not only will she lose her connection to nature, she will also lose Dragon. After all, the …

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Girl on the Run

by McDonald, Nancy
edition: eBook
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: holocaust, survival stories, european

It’s 1933 in Berlin. The Nazis have seized power, and for thirteen-year-old Amelie Mayer life is changing in ways she never could have imagined. Her new teacher is picking on Jewish students, her friends are starting to shun her for not joining their Aryan youth group and her father is getting remarried. As tensions mount at home and school, Amel …

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Traitors Among Us

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

 

World War II may be over. But two sisters are far from safe.

 

Inspired by true events, this is the latest gripping and powerful novel from the acclaimed author of Making Bombs for Hitler.

 

Sisters Krystia and Maria have been through the worst -- or so they think. World War II ravaged their native Ukraine, but they both survived, and are now reunited …

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