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Top Grade Spring 2019 K-8 selections

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: classrooms, children, library, teachers, picture books, early readers, middle grade
Spring 2019 CanLit selections for Canadian classrooms

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Phantom of Fire

A Dylan Maples Adventure

by Shane Peacock
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

Things aren't going so well for fifteen-year-old Dylan Maples. He's sick of his own reflection, his parental units are driving him nuts, and, worst of all, he's trying to come to terms with the unexpected death of one of his best friends. Now, to top things off, he's been roped into a family trip to stay with family friends in New Brunswick. After …

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The Pencil

by Susan Avingaq & Maren Vsetula, illustrated by Charlene Chua
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: native canadian, new experience, polar regions, humorous stories

2020 USBBY OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL BOOK  
"[A] wonderful and touching story" — New York Time Book Review
"A breath of warmth from the far north"— Kirkus Reviews
Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for spec …

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Papergirl

by Melinda McCracken, with Penelope Jackson
edition: Paperback
also available: Audiobook 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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Camp Average

by Craig Battle
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: camping & outdoor activities, baseball & softball, friendship, humorous stories

A group of 11-year-olds arrives to spend six weeks playing sports at Camp Avalon—which they affectionately call Camp Average, because they never win at any sport. And that’s the way they like it. But this summer, new camp director Winston—who hates losing—has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they …

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Stinky Science

Why the Smelliest Smells Smell So Smelly

by Edward Kay, illustrated by Mike Shiell
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: anatomy & physiology, curiosities & wonders, sense & sensation

This book about the science of smells takes a funky subject and makes it fascinating --- and hilarious! It starts with the basics, from the reason why things stink to how our sense of smell works (hint: it has to do with the six million scent receptors way up inside our noses). Then come some specifics such as how and why smells are closely linked …

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The Case of Windy Lake

by Michael Hutchinson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, native canadian

Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four inseparable cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting, and exploring together, the cousins find that each new adventure adds to their reputation. When a visiting archeologist goes missing, the cousins decide to solve the mystery of …

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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

by Michael McCreary
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: performing arts, special needs, humor

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, Mc …

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Celebrating Toonik Tyme (English)

by Nadia Sammurtok, illustrated by Tim Mack
edition: Paperback
tagged: beginner, other, non-religious, native canadian

Toonik Tyme is a lot of fun! This book describes different things that happen during Toonik Tyme, an annual festival in Iqaluit that celebrates Inuit traditions and the return of spring.