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Robyn's Best Idea

by Hazel Hutchins, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: humorous stories

There's a cat in Robyn's bedroom: a small, long-haired grey kitten, with a white smudge over its eye and a bib under its neck. She wants to keep it, so she hides it from her mom.

But in their small apartment a kitten can't stay hidden for long. Their landlord doesn't allow pets, so Robyn's mom says they have to put it out. The cat doesn't want to go …

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Jan's Awesome Party

by Monica Hughes, illustrated by Carlos Freire
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: humorous stories

Jan and Sarah have earned reward money and they want to use it for something special for the kids in their class. Their teacher thinks it's a great idea. The trouble is there's not enough money for a trip to the zoo or for a totally awesome party. But Jan doesn't give up easily and she makes sure plans fall into place to make her wish come true.

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Great Play Morgan

by Ted Staunton, illustrated by Bill Slavin
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: humorous stories

Morgan is signed up for soccer. His troubles begin when Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three, finds him practising with a soccer ball. She signs up too and she plays hard, too hard. She gets too many penalties for the team and everyone blames Morgan when they are losing. He wants out, but if he quits the team will be short of players.

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Power Hitter

by Forsyth, Christine
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: non-classifiable, baseball & softball

Connor Wells is looking forward to spending the whole summer parked on the couch with his video games, at home in Burlington, Ontario. Then something bad happens to his mother. Something really bad.

When he's sent to stay with relatives in Winnipeg, he finds they play baseball--all day, every day--and he doesn't play at all. Soon, however, he discov …

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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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Survival (Island, Book 2)

Survival

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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The second installment in the survival suspense series Island, from bestelling and award-winning author Gordon Korman

 

Six kids. One shipwreck. One desert island.Stranded. Separated. Six kids are stuck on a desert island. They have no food. No shelter. Nobody knows they are lost. They must take from the island in order to survive. But what if they'r …

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Chicken Cat

by Stephanie Simpson McLellan, illustrated by Sean Cassidy
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
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The hero of this farmyard fantasy, Merlin, is not a typical kitten. No one knows who his natural mother is, but Guinevere, the oldest hen in the barn, is perfectly willing to take the frail kitten under her wing. Despite the genuine love that Guinevere showers on him, though, Merlin can't grow and thrive on seeds and grains.
When a little girl visi …

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Saltbox Sweater, The

by Janet McNaughton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
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This realistic story of life in rural Newfoundland after the 1992 moratorium on northern cod stocks is written to appeal to newly independent readers.

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Death Down Under (#15)

by Roy MacGregor
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, winter sports

The Screech Owls are flying around the world to Sydney, Australia, site of the 2000 Olympics, for an exhibition tournament to promote ice hockey in the sports-mad land down under.

The trip, however, involves much more than hockey. The teams coming to Sydney will take part in “The Peewee Olympics” – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the youn …

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