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Teach Me to Fly, Skyfighter!

and other stories

by Paul Yee
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: asian american, emotions & feelings

With Samson's butterfly kite flat on the ground and her own kite soaring, Sharon thought of shouting, "Okay, Samson Wong, you big-mouth. Let's see you fly your wonderful kite. Big wings will do it every time, right?"

But now that she had her chance to get even with Samson, Sharon didn't feel like fighting. She was happy just watching her kite pull i …

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Billy Higgins Rides the Freights

by Gloria Montero
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 15
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: country life

Billy Higgins and his family have a good life in Vancouver. His father is a skilled working man--a tool and die cutter--and while they aren't rich they are comfortable, and happy.

But when the Great Depression strikes and Billy's dad loses his job, everything changes. Billy's forced to quit school and look for work to help support his family, and s …

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The Baitchopper

by Silver Donald Cameron
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: colonial & revolutionary periods

Denny's father is away for weeks at a time working the rust-streaked fishing trawlers far off the Nova Scotian coast. The work is hard and dangerous--they fish year-round, in fierce storms, in ice--and badly paid, and if a fisherman gets hurt, the company won't do anything to help.

So when his dad starts fighting for a union to improve these terrib …

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Salut, Gadou!

by Malcolm Reid, illustrated by Rose Zgodzinski
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings

The kids of the St-Jean-Baptiste district of Quebec City are going to lose their clubhouse--the only place where they can meet their friends, talk, and play music without adults around all the time.

But they've worked so hard on it, putting up walls, hammering, cleaning, that they won't give it up without a fight. So Genevieve, her friend Gadou and …

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A Guide to First Spring on the Grand Banks

by Stanley Sparkes
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 16
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: reading skills

This guide has been prepared to assist teachers at the senior elementary and early secondary levels who would like to use Bill Freeman's First Spring on the Grand Banks young adult novel in English and in Canadian history classes.

Stanley Sparkes has written a comprehensive guide includes a commentary on Newfoundland literature; an historical back …

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First Spring on the Grand Banks

by Bill Freeman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
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In this exciting tale set in the 1870s, John and Meg Bains and their friend Canso arrive in Nova Scotia to find that Canso's father has died and his schooner seized for debts. Refused credit for a fishing trip by the merchant Hunter, they take the schooner and flee to Tower Rock, Newfoundland, intending to make enough money fishing to repay the deb …

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