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Winners

The new generation of Maritime sports stars

by Philip Croucher, preface by Bruce Rainnie
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5
tagged: sports & recreation, canada, african american, aboriginal & indigenous

Maritimers take great pride in watching other Maritimers do well on the national and global stage. This book tells the inspiring stories of 12 athletes drawn from a variety of backgrounds and sports. Men and women, black and white, Acadian and Mi'kmaq, able-bodied and non able-bodied. The common thread: young people who grow up in the Maritimes, wi …

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The Spoon Asylum

by Caroline Misner
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: literary, canada, prejudice & racism

It is the summer of 1933 and young Haven Cattrell, seeking work, finds himself abandoned in the small northern Ontario town of Davisville. At an exclusive summer camp for girls he befriends Wetherby Moss and his son Jude who introduce him to the joys and heartaches of jazz.

 

Jazz had taken a hard blow, during the first-half of the 1930s. Although t …

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Gang Girl

by Nancy Miller
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: bullying, peer pressure, loners & outcasts, computers & digital media, law & crime

When Sasha moves from Russia with her mother, she's eager to start a new life. At her new school she joins CREW (Confident, Remarkable, Excellent, Welcoming), a girls' volunteer group. But she quickly learns that the group is a front for a girl gang and their true philosophy is to Con, Rip Off, Exploit, and Weaken the people they claim to help. The …

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On a Stormy Primeval Shore

Canadian Historical Brides

by Diane Scott Lewis & Nancy M. Bell
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: biographical, canada

In 1784, Englishwoman Amelia Latimer sails to the new colony of New Brunswick in faraway Canada. She’s to marry a man chosen by her soldier father. Amelia is repulsed by her betrothed, refuses to marry, then meets the handsome Acadian trader, Gilbert, a man beneath her in status. Gilbert must protect his mother who was attacked by an English sold …

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Epic Fail

by Cristy Watson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: dating & sex, computers & digital media, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Epic Fail tells the story of Kenzie, a 16-year-old half Native American girl, and her two best friends, who have grown up in a multiracial, mixed-income suburb. Two years after a party where Kenzie was raped, she is still dealing with the trauma. When photos of the incident appear on social media there are serious consequences for everyone involved …

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Three Feathers

by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by K. Mateus
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: coming of age, law & crime, boys & men, aboriginal & indigenous, media tie-in

Three young men -- Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert -- have vandalized their community. They are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But will they be forgiven for what they have done …

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A Blanket of Butterflies

by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, magical realism, death & dying, boys & men, action & adventure, violence, paranormal

A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family’s samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather’s sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call “Benny the Bank,” he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of …

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