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Maddie Wants New Clothes

by Louise Leblanc, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, translated by Sarah Cummins
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: humorous stories, emotions & feelings

Maddie's clothes are old--tattered and torn, ripped and worn. And they're all too small--she feels like a hot dog that's too big for its bun.
Her parents think she's making a fuss over nothing, and send to school in clothes everyone makes fun of: "Christmas tree," they call her, and "flowerpot." Maddie thinks she'll find an ally in her stylish gr …

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The Boy in the Burning House

by Tim Wynne-Jones
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, emotions & feelings, boys & men

Two years after his father mysteriously disappeared, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. Then Ruth Rose crashes into his life. A sixteen-year-old misfit whose manic moods have to be managed by drugs, she tells Jim that her stepfather is a murderer. Every instinct tells Jim to walk away, to get back to t …

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Shut-Out!

by Camilla Reghelini Rivers
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: boys & men, emotions & feelings

David dreams of soccer glory, and is willing to suffer hours of monotonous practice drills to achieve it. His asthma might slow him down a little, but he works every day to be a better player.
The coach of his Winnipeg team has a different formula for success: play the best players, and let the rest spend the season warming the bench. When the fi …

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Mina's Spring Of Colors

by Rachna Gilmore
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: prejudice & racism

Mina, 11, enjoys playing computer games and watching TV, and has decidedly mixed feelings about her Indian heritage. She loves her Nanaji (grandfather), but is sometimes embarrassed by his old-fashioned ideas and customs.

When she overhears the most popular girl at school refer to Nanaji as "a stupid old geek who can't even talk right," Mina is hur …

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The Invisible Harry

by Marthe Jocelyn, illustrated by Abby Carter
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: dogs, science & technology

What’s more fun and more hard work than a puppy? An invisible one!

Author Marthe Jocelyn takes readers back to Manhattan to meet up once again with Billie Stoner in her follow-up to The Invisible Day. Billie has always wanted a puppy, but her mother and father both agree: No dog! No problem, thinks Billie, who turns to her mad scientist fr …

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Rookie Season

by Jacqueline Guest
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Leigh Aberdeen is determined to win the hockey championship with a new, all girls team, the Chinooks. So when the coach adds a know-it-all boy to the mix, Leigh is furious.
To make matters worse, the team goalie -- Leigh's best friend -- starts mysteriously dropping out from practices just as the Chinooks show they can win.
With humour, action, and …

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Life without Mooch

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

Carl's having trouble finding time to write his memoir of his beloved, deceased Mooch because his neighbour, Gary, is always dropping in with his tiresome little dog, Dumpling. Gary's dad is also spending a lot of time at the house ... with Carl's mother.
When Carl finds a strange sock in the living room, he wonders if his mom's forgetting about hi …

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