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Enfant volée

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: europe, war & military

 

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Alors qu’elle a été volée à sa famille par les nazis, Nadia essaie de donner un sens à ses souvenirs confus et à ses cauchemars. Peu à peu, elle découvre la vérité : la famille allemande au sein de laquelle elle a grandi et celle qu’elle appelait sa mère ne sont pas vraiment qui elle croyait. Mais o …

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Tainted Amber

by Gabriele Goldstone
edition: Paperback
tagged: europe

It's 1937, and Katya-working as a servant girl on a Trakehner horse estate in East Prussia-dreams of being a writer. One hot June day, with Thomas Mann as her muse, and Minna Epstein as her friend, Katya heads to Rauschen, a spa town on the Baltic. Helmut and David, the estate owner's two sons, accompany them. The foursome pairs off-Minna and Helmu …

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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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My Indian

by Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: native canadian, pre-confederation (to 1867), chapter books

In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”

 

Now, almost two hundred years later, Mi’sel Joe and Sheila O’Neill reclaim the story of Sylvester Joe, the Mi’km …

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Lighting the Qulliq

Inuinnaqtun Edition

by Monica Ittusardjuat, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: beginner

How do you light the qulliq?

This wordless sequence book shows a grandmother and granddaughter lighting a qulliq long ago.

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Grandma, How Do You Light the Qulliq?

Inuinnaqtun Edition

by Jeanie Joanasie, illustrated by Ali Hinch
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 2
tagged: beginner

Learn all about the history and traditional uses of the qulliq.

In this book, a grandmother teaches her grandchild how to light a qulliq and tells her about its history and traditional uses.

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The Brushmaker’s Daughter

by Kathy Kacer, read by Gabi Epstein
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: holocaust, europe, prejudice & racism

 

Lillian and her father avoid capture by the Nazis with the help of a real-life hero.

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian’s father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them—unt …

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Lost on the Prairie

by MaryLou Driedger
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), 19th century, survival stories

Set between Kansas and Saskatchewan in 1907, this middle-grade novel follows a young boy who gets separated from his family en route to Canada and must find his way alone across the immense prairie landscape.

Following the sudden death of his eldest brother, twelve-year-old Peter is chosen by his father to travel by train from Kansas to Saskatchewan …

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Papergirl

by Melinda McCracken, with Penelope Jackson, narrator Marsha Mason
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-)

 

Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her working-class family in 1919 Winnipeg. The Great War and Spanish Influenza have taken their toll, and workers in the city are frustrated with low wages and long hours. When they orchestrate a general strike, Cassie — bright, determined and very bored at school — desperately wants to help.

She begins volunteeri …

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