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The Hermit

by Jan L. Coates
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty, soccer

Eleven year old Danny Marsters was planning to have a fun but straightforward summer: pool parties and bike rides with his buddies, the odd game of washer toss with Grampy, and, of course, soccer camp. He didn't count on developers threatening to build condos on the land the whole community had worked so hard to turn into the best soccer field in t …


The King of Jam Sandwiches

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, depression & mental illness

“Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the mid …


The Fifth Beethoven

by Melanie Jackson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, homelessness & poverty, humorous stories

Piano-playing Nate loves to rock out Beethoven a in style characterized more by enthusiasm than training. Nate is gazing up at Vancouver's newest luxury building, the Keynote, when a thief in a Beethoven costume mugs him and two other victims.

But the day turns up-tempo when the Keynote's owner, Mike Dante, offers Nate a gig playing piano in the co …


Nice Try, Charlie!

by Matt James
edition: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty

A new picture book about friendship and community from Matt James, acclaimed author and illustrator of The Funeral.

With his cart full of treasures and big green hat, Charlie is a neighborhood fixture. When he finds a pie, he sets off to find the owner — and helps some friends along the way.

Poignant and funny, this story is an ode to resourcefuln …


Our Little Kitchen

by Jillian Tamaki
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: cooking & food, stories in verse, homelessness & poverty

A picture book about a lively evening in a community kitchen from Governor General’s Award–winning author and illustrator Jillian Tamaki.

Tie on your apron!
Roll up your sleeves!
Pans are out, oven is hot.
The kitchen’s all ready,
Where do we start?

In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourcefu …


A Good Trade

by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: africa, values & virtues, homelessness & poverty

In a small Ugandan village, Kato wakes early to start the long, barefoot trek beyond his village and along fields dotted with cattle and guarded by soldiers. His destination is the village well, where he will pump a day's supply of water into two jerry cans. Like every day, Kato lets the water splash over his hot tired feet before carrying his heav …

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