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A Gift from Mooch

by Gilles Gauthier, illustrated by Pierre-André Derome, translated by Sarah Cummins
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: death & dying, dogs, emotions & feelings

This latest book in the Mooch series is sensitive story about grieving and misunderstandings. Carl can't understand why his friend Gary won't come and see him and won't let him play with Dumpling. But he can show Gary how much he cares by including him in his biography about his old dog Mooch.

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Marilou, Iguana Hunter

by Raymond Plante, illustrated by Marie-Claude Favreau, translated by Sarah Cummins
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: emotions & feelings, peer pressure, self-esteem & self-reliance

It's time to prepare for Christmas but Marilou's friend Boris has lost his pet iguana. He's so sad he is sick. She will do anything she can to help find it and she makes sure that their friends, the Carboni sisters and Tommy Bennett help too.

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Sayonara Sharks

by Peers, Judi
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Do they eat seaweed for lunch? Are the toilets just holes in the ground? Matt Tucker is nervous about going on his Peterborough, Ontario school's exchange trip to Komatsu, Japan. He's also worried about missing tryouts for his softball team, the Sharks.

When he finally takes the plunge, however, he sees lots of his old teammates are going with him-- …

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Shooting Star

by Bates, Cynthia
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Quyen is a basketball star at her Ottawa school until a fight with her coach forces her to find another team. Her new teammates are hard to get along with and one of them goes out of her way to pick on Quyen.

Then, when her parents start acting strangely, Quyen is forced to confront her family's past in Vietnam in order to face the challenges of the …

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Pool Princess

by Michele Martin Bossley
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

When Gracie is suddenly moved from the life she loves in Cochrane, Alberta, to the big city of Calgary, she feels lost. She leaves behind her school, her friends, and worst of all her synchronized swimming team.

So things start to look up when she finds a new team in the city: she's excited to be training with some of the best swimmers in the provin …

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Brothers on Ice

by John Danakas
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Troy and Trent are brothers who play on the same Winnipeg hockey team, Trent as forward and Troy in goal.

When Trent takes a turn in nets he finds out he's a natural, the best goalie on the team. Troy has to fight for ice time, and the brothers' relationship grows colder and colder.

Brothers on Ice is a poignant story of the struggle to learn what b …

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A Screaming Kind Of Day

by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Gordon Sauve
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 1 to 7
tagged: people with disabilities

Scully, a young hearing-impaired girl, wants to play outside in the rain, away from her brother Leo and her busy mother. She loves pto feel the sensation of the rain running over her face. After escaping briefly to the wet green trees outside, she is grounded and not allowed to leave the house for a day. As evening approaches, Scully and her mother …

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