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Face Off

by Forsyth, Christine
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Mitch Stevens is a pretty hot hockey player: he's fast, he's smart and he's tough. He plays centre on the A-line of his Toronto Pee Wee team, the Hillcrest Stingers, with his best friend Zack Andermann on right wing.

Mitch and Zack have been linemates since they were five, so when they have to compete for a single spot on the league's select team be …

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A Way with Horses

by Peter McPhee
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: horses, emotions & feelings

Caroline grew up around horses and had been a tough, skilled rider as long as she could remember. When she wins a rodeo near her Millarville, Alberta home, the owner of a posh riding school recognizes her talent invites her to learn show jumping, free of charge.

Soon she's moving in a different world, full of thoroughbred horses, expensive trainers, …

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The Perfect Gymnast

by Michele Martin Bossley
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: gymnastics

Abby has been having a hard time since her family moved from Edmonton to Calgary--she misses her best friend, and at school she feels terribly awkward, a klutz.

So she's outraged when her mother signs her up for gymnastics at a local club; outraged, that is, until Hilary befriends her. Hilary is outgoing, confident, and a top-ranked gymnast: in shor …

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Maddie in Danger

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

All Maddie's friends get to see the latest TV shows and movies, but her parents think they're too violent. They think if Maddie watches them, she'll be marked for life.
But when their parents go away overnight, Maddie and her brother Alexander decide to stay up and watch the most violent movie of all--The Exterminator. While their grandmother sle …

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Wrong Time, Wrong Place

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 16
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings, violence

When Corey gets caught opening the boys' washroom window to let smoke out, he's resigned to being called a troublemaker.  In his school tension is high between black and white students, and Corey's caught in the middle.  He's blamed by the principal for stirring up trouble, and he's not sure himself whether he's really white or black.

 

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Breathing Not Required

by Michele Martin Bossley
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Gracie and her friend Laura are both on the synchronized swim team in their hometown of Cochrane, Alberta.

Gracie is focused and hard-working, eager to be chosen for a solo. Laura is more relaxed about synchro, wanting above all to enjoy the sport. As the swim meet nears, these different approaches strain their friendship and threaten the success of …

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Sink or Swim

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

Dario Cavalito has his summer plans all mapped out: he's going to split his time between the basketball court and his Uncle Vinny's café, the Via Granita, off Commercial Drive in a funky Vancouver neighborhood.

His plans are derailed, however, when his mother tells him he's going to summer camp--to a water sports camp, no less. Dario can barely do …

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A Stroke of Luck

by Kathryn Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Strange accidents are stalking the skaters at Scarborough's Millwood Arena. At first it's just a falling ladder that narrowly misses top skater Paula, but soon the dirty tricks become much worse.

Everyone is on edge, including Angie, Paula's main rival for a medal. Angie knows she's not to blame, but some of the skaters think otherwise. She doesn't …

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