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The Power of Style

How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures

by Christian Allaire
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: fashion, aboriginal & indigenous, customs, traditions, anthropology

Style is not just the clothes on our backs—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation.

As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that—because clothes are ne …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Anti-Semitism and the MS St. Louis

Canada's Anti-Semitic Policies in the Twentieth Century

by Rona Arato
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada, military & wars, emigration & immigration, politics & government

Prior to the Second World War, Canada's Jewish community was well established in many cities, including Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg. As war grew closer, anti-Semitism across Europe was increasing. Hitler's Nazis were spreading hatred and violence towards Jews across Germany. At first, Jews were allowed to leave Germany and thousands escaped to s …

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In Good Hands

Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change

by Stephanie MacKendrick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: women, politics & government, political

Written for young women interested in running for office, this book is unlike any other, with inspiring stories of eighteen women role models along with the all the tools and resources needed to get a campaign off the ground.

Stephanie MacKendrick, a former journalist now dedicated to women's career advancement, believes the time for women in politi …

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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 t …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Africville

An African Nova Scotian Community Is Demolished — and Fights Back

by Gloria Ann Wesley
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada, civil & human rights, politics & government

The community of Africville was founded in the late 1800s when African Nova Scotians built homes on the Bedford Basin on the northern edge of Halifax. Africville grew to include a church, a school, and small businesses. At its peak, about 400 people lived there. The community was lively and vibrant, with a strong sense of culture and tradition. But …

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Drawing Fantastic Dragons

Create Amazing Full-Color Dragon Art, including Eastern, Western and Classic Beasts

by Sandra Staple
edition: Paperback
tagged: drawing, techniques, folklore & mythology

Create and Customize the Dragon of Your Dreams!

If you can dream it, this book will show you how to bring it to life in distinct and dramatic color. With easy-to-follow, step- by-step instructions, Drawing Fantastic Dragons teaches the tricks and techniques to create your own amazing art.

Start with a sketch of the dragon’s body form. Then add the …

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Eyes and Spies

How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know

illustrated by Belle Wuthrich, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: politics & government, bullying, media studies

Who is watching you… and why? Written for middle-grade and older readers, Eyes and Spies looks at the way information and data about us is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Each chapter covers one aspect of the subject, from data collection to computer surveillance to personal privacy. Arguments for bot …

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