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My Canary Yellow Star

by Eva Wiseman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: holocaust, europe, european

The Second World War was a time of terrible injustices. It was also a time of incredible bravery. My Canary Yellow Star is the remarkable story of one of the last century’s greatest heroes, Raoul Wallenberg, who was responsible for saving as many as 100,000 lives.

Young Marta’s life in Budapest has been shattered by the war. First, her school c …

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Goodbye to Atlantis

by Troon Harrison
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying, people with disabilities

When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine - beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles.

Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father's weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Ric …

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Under a Shooting Star

by Maxine Trottier
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: multigenerational

It is 1812 and Edward MacNeil's task is simple: escort Kate and Anne Kimmerling home to America, then travel to his uncle's cabin to wait out the war. But a vicious storm on Lake Erie leaves Edward and the girls shipwrecked on an island and caught in the midst of the conflict. Half British, half Oneida, Edward's loyalties are already divided, but h …

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Where Poppies Grow

A World War I Companion

by Linda Granfield
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: military & wars

When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothersand fathers would be home by Christmas. The …

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Seeing Stars

by Gary Barwin
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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Alex Issacson's life has never been normal. His mother got into bed the day his father left, and never got back out again. Hugely over-weight, she is known to the viewing public as Starbright the phone-in-psychic. Although she spends her time consulting the stars and offering advice to others, she won't answer the questions that consume Alex. Why d …

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Secret of the Crystal Cave

A Meggy Tale

by Margot Griffin, illustrated by P. John Burden
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 7
tagged: europe

With the mysterious death of Fancy Feet O'Flaherty and the terrifying night of the banshee still fresh in her mind, Meggy is a changed person. Danger lurks everywhere and traitors are among them, but still, Meggy is determined that the children in her village will have a school where they can learn in safety. It will take all of her courage and the …

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Hope's War

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: multigenerational, loners & outcasts, prejudice & racism

Short-listed for the 2004 Rocky Mountain Book Award and for the 2003 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and long-listed for the 2002 CBC Canada Reads People’s Choice Book
Kataryna Baliuk, a gifted fine arts student, is hoping to have a fresh start at Cawthra School for the Arts after a less-than-successful year at the neighbouring Catholic h …

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