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Middle Grades

Created by craigriggs
  • Age: 8 to 18
  • Grade: 3 to 12
Middle grade titles featured in the fall 2021 Top Grade collection.

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Govern Like a Girl

The Women Who Became Canada’s First Ministers

by Kate Graham
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: politics & government, girls & women

Only twelve women have ever served as the premier of a Canadian province or territory, and only one has risen to the very top to serve as prime minister. In Govern Like a Girl, Kate Graham tells the stories of these thirteen women, from childhood to political power. Their experiences span three decades, every political stripe, and extend from coast …


Dusty Dreams and Troubled Waters

A Story of HMCS Sackville and the Battle of the Atlantic

by Brian Bowman, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki & Susan Tooke
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: historical, action & adventure

A middle-grade graphic novel exploring the Battle of the Atlantic from a young prairie boy's perspective.

They said I was a sailor, now. But this was my first time on the ocean. And I was going to war...

By 1942 most of Europe was under the heel of the Nazis. Only the United Kingdom remained free to oppose them. Knowing Britain needed supplies from …


Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk, foreword by Murray Sinclair, afterword by Betty Ross
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism, historical, canada, own voices

Inspired by true events, this story of strength, family, and culture shares the awe-inspiring resilience of Elder Betty Ross.

Abandoned as a young child, Betsy is adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changes. Betsy is taken away to a residential school. There she is forced to endure abuse and indignity, …


Mad for Ads

How Advertising Gets (and Stays) in Our Heads

by Erica Fyvie, illustrated by Ian Turner
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 7
tagged: media studies, psychology

This amusing and engaging behind-the-scenes look at advertising and its influence will help kids decode the ads that surround them every day and make smart decisions.

For children growing up in an advertising-saturated world, here's an eye-opening explanation of what advertising is, how it works and why that matters. The book covers the components o …


My Indian

by Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: native canadian, pre-confederation (to 1867), chapter books

In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”


Now, almost two hundred years later, Mi’sel Joe and Sheila O’Neill reclaim the story of Sylvester Joe, the Mi’km …


The Disability Experience

Working Toward Belonging

by Hannalora Leavitt, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: special needs, physical impairments, civil & human rights

People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours. The difference is that PWDs don’t have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you’ll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll b …