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In the Clear

by Anne Laurel Carter
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, self-esteem & self-reliance, hockey

On her seventh birthday, Pauline rode across the lawns on her street followed by her best friend Henry, he on the blue wooden horse, she on the red. On the seventh lawn at the top of the street, she collapsed, becoming a sudden victim of the polio outbreak of the summer of 1954.

Five years later, when In the Clear begins, she has survived, but paid …

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Animals at Work

How Animals Build, Dig, Fish and Trap

by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Pat Stephens
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
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Did you know that termites build towers as tall as houses? Or that ogre-faced spiders throw net traps over their prey? Whether it's to gather food, build shelter or attract a mate, animals work in unexpected ways. Kids can try activities that demonstrate some surprising animal skills, like blowing bubbles the way a spittlebug does to hide itself fr …

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Strange School, Secret Wish

by Bernice Gold
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: canada, homelessness & poverty

The year is 1927, and the Merril children are once again in school – but one that’s unlike any other. For 10 months out of the year their school, set up in a Northern Ontario railway care that also serves as their home, is on the move. Theirteen-year-old Jenny Merrill loves life on the tracks, but she has a secret wish. She’s fallen in love w …

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Finding My Own Way

by Peggy Dymond Leavey
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: multigenerational, new experience

It’s an exciting time for seventeen-year-old Libby, as she announces to her aunt that she plans to leave Toronto in the 1950s to spend the summer living alone in the empty family home in Pinkney Corners. Libby is determined to make it on her own and to spend some time honing her skills as a writer so that she can become a novelist and journalist …

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The Hollow Tree

by Janet Lunn
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: colonial & revolutionary periods, girls & women

From one of Canada's best loved children's writers comes the enthralling tale of a brave young girl caught up in the American Revolutionary War. It is 1777 and Phoebe Olcott is thrown headlong into the horrors of war when her beloved cousin Gideon is hanged for being a British spy. When she finds a message left by Gideon containing the names of Loy …

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Sarah

by H. Margueritte
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: girls & women

A reissue of the 1949 American classic Sarah by Margueritte Harmon Bro.

"Sarah will carry off all the romantics and bookworms who love a tale that enfolds them. Sarah is practically Russian in its complexity and scope compared with today's often simplistic plots.

Sarah is the heroine, but Harmon Bro's society is a major player in the plot and textur …

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The Root Cellar

by Janet Lunn
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: classics

It looked like an ordinary root cellar—And if twelve-year-old Rose hadn't been so unhappy in her new home, where she'd been sent to live with unknown relatives, she probably would never have fled down the stairs to the root cellar in the first place. And if she hadn't, she never would have climbed up into another century, the world of the 1860s, …

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Carved Box, The

by Gillian Chan
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
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Fifteen-year-old Callum Murdoch knows he's a fool. He's just arrived from Scotland, and he's already handed over his money to a total stranger. And for what? A filthy, half-starved dog and a carved box that he's been warned never to open. Now he'll have to explain his impulsive action to Uncle Rory, the only relative willing to give him a home. Cal …

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