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Stormstruck

by Cathy Beveridge
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
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This historical time-travel novel, for children ten and up, is the third volume in Cathy Beveridge's ongoing series on Canadian disasters. Once again we meet Jolene and her twin brother Michael, this time in an RV on the shores of the Great Lakes, where her father and grandfather are conducting research into the Great Storm of 1913.

Away from home, …

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Changes in You and Me

by Paulette Bourgeois; Kim Martyn & Paulett Bourgeois, illustrated by Louise Phillips
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Paperback
tagged: girls & women, maturing

Teen self-help classics fully revised and updated. Everybody goes through puberty, sooner or later-and everybody does it in their own way. In Changes in You and Me, pre-teens and teens will find answers to all of their questions about growing up-whether they're concerned about what's happening to their bodies, about whether or not they're 'normal,' …

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Robertson Rat

by Gillian Davies, illustrated by Grant Leier
edition: Hardcover
tagged: mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc., self-esteem & self-reliance

The delightful rhyming tale by first-time author Gillian B. Davies is memorable and affirmative and guaranteed to entertain. Artist Grant Leier's brilliantly coloured illustrations are filled with hidden detail and the gleeful exuberance of the audacious title character.

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The Moccasins

by Earl Einarson, illustrated by Julie Flett
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: adoption, native canadian

This is an endearing story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love. Written as a simple story, it speaks of a positive foster experience.

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Smelly Socks

by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: humorous stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, native canadian

Tina's new socks are so wonderful she vows to wear them every day! But they begin to smell really, really bad because Tina will not take them off — even to be washed. The kids finally drag Tina down to the river and make her wash those stinky socks, driving away all the fish with the nasty odour! Tina's mom gets her a new shirt as a reward for fi …

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Newton And The Giant

by Michael Mcgowan
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
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Newton, a ten-year-old science geek, has a ton of problems. Currentlyhis biggest one is avoiding his sports-crazed, quadruplet older brothers who are intent on making Newton pay for embarrassing them. No amount of explaining will convince them he didn’t mean to score the winning goal ON HIS OWN NET during that afternoon’s soccer game.

In a desp …

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Zoom!

by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: humorous stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, special needs

 

Lauretta has a need for speed – in her super-powered wheelchair!

 

It’s finally time for Lauretta to get a new wheelchair. But she isn't satisfied with a regular 5- or 10- speed model. Nothing will do but the 92-speed, black, silver and red, dirt bike wheelchair!

When Lauretta gets a speeding ticket during her tryout of the super wheels, her pare …

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Shadows of Disaster

by Cathy Beveridge
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
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"Sometimes it's good to take a risk." Twelve-year-old Jolene knows that her grandfather's words are true, but she's not a risk-taker like her twin brother. Frustrated, Jolene convinces herself that it would be easier to take risks if she were a boy. Her grandfather disagrees, but then her father thinks her grandfather might be as crazy as his old s …

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The Serpent's Egg

by J Fitzgerald McCurdy
edition: Hardcover
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In the quest tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Serpent's Egg begins as Ottawa lies under siege. Parliament Hill has fallen to dark forces. A group of children, led by Miranda, searches through the maze of caves and tunnels under the Library of Parliament. They are in quest of the magic needed to save our world and another, older world from Hate, the …

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a name is a label

by Irene June Karasick, illustrated by bill bissett
edition: Paperback
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

In a name is a label the wonderfully oddball illustrations of poet/artist bill bissett complement an engaging free verse story by Irene June Karasick. Young and old alike will be encouraged to consider words and the meanings they convey. What’s in a name? You might be surprised…