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Step

by Deborah Ellis, read by Samantha Quan
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: short stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, adolescence

In this powerful collection of short stories, children around the world turn eleven and take a step into their futures. Each one is changed in ways both big and small.

Annoyed at having to walk his sister’s dog on his birthday, Connor heads into an undeveloped subdivision, where he comes across chilling evidence of a stranger’s unhappiness. A gi …

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The Gift of the Little People

A Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Story

by William Dumas, illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: native canadian, diseases, illnesses & injuries, pre-confederation (to 1867), short stories

I don’t recall seeing books when I was a little boy. But the old people, they grew up listening to stories. And so, every night, when the old people were done their evening prayers, they would sit and they would tell us stories too.

At the time of the spring thaw, the Rocky Cree fill their canoes with furs, eager to trade with the new visitors in …

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Sunny Days Inside

and Other Stories

by Caroline Adderson, narrator Cherlandra Estrada
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: short stories, new experience, multigenerational, city & town life

When the “grownup virus” hits, kids who live in the same apartment building must cope with strange new rules and extended time at home with parents and siblings.

And they survive brilliantly, each in their own way. Twin boys throw themselves into an independent research assignment on prehistoric people and embrace their own devolution. A budding …

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