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Highrise

The Towers in the World and the World in the Towers

by Katerina Cizek, adapted by Kristy Woudstra
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: sociology, architecture

Adapted from the Emmy-winning, multimedia interactive documentary of the same name, Highrise is an in-depth exploration of the world's highrises and the people who live inside them.

From the multi-story dwellings of Ancient Rome to the soaring glass skyscrapers of today, humans have used highrises for thousands of years to house the poor, protect …

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The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

by Royal Canadian Geographical Society & Canadian Geographic
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, indigenous studies, canada

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in partnership with Canada's national Indigenous organizations, has created a groundbreaking four-volume atlas that shares the experiences, perspectives, and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It's an ambitious and unprecedented project inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's …

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Turtle Island

The Story of North America's First People

by Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger
edition: eBook
  • age: 11 to 100
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, ancient, customs, traditions, anthropology

 

Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival of Europeans in 1492, this book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. The title, Turtle Island, refers to a Native myth that explains how North and Central America were formed on the back of a turtle. Base …

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To Look a Nazi in the Eye

A teen's account of a war criminal trial

by Kathy Kacer, with Jordana Lebowitz
edition: eBook
  • age: 15 to 19
  • Grade: 9 to 13
tagged: prejudice & racism, holocaust

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", a man charged with being complicit in the deaths of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still not prepared for what she would see and hear. Listening to Groening’s testimony …

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10 Routes That Crossed the World

by Gillian Richardson, illustrated by Kim Rosen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: exploration & discovery, geography

Vivid storytelling brings to life the pathways of world history. Written for middle-grade readers, 10 Routes That Crossed the World explores famous roads, trails, and pathways across the globe that have played a significant role in human history. Chapter subjects include the first crossing of humans into North America across the Bering Strait; the …

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Hidden Gold

A True Story of the Holocaust

by Ella Burakowski
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

The Gold family lived an idyllic life in pre-war Poland, each doing their part to run the family grocery store and tobacco concession. The oldest daughter, Shoshana, had many friends, her sister Esther was meticulous as she worked at the family store, and young David was doted on by them all. But that life is shattered in 1939 when Germany invades …

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