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The Summer the Whales Sang

by Montero, Gloria
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings

Vivi Aguirre's thirteenth birthday wasn't turning out at all the way she wanted it to. Her father had just left home and her mother was insisting on taking her to Labrador to make a film about some old whaling station. What could be more boring!
But once they're in Red Bay and Vivi starts to discover more about whales and the Basques who used to h …

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Marco and Michela

by Repo, Satu, photographs by Vincenzo Pietropaolo, with Giuliana Colalillo
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 10
  • Grade: 3 to 5
tagged: emotions & feelings

This volume in the Where We Live series follows the lives of the children of Italian migrants to big-city Canada.
When the saw Tony's nasty smile, the Severino twins knew they were in trouble. But would they let big Tony get away with stealing their money? No, they wouldn't. And as they found out, if you use your brains, you can stop bullies from …

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Nobody Asked Me

by Elizabeth Brochmann
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings

For most of her life, thirteen-year-old Rachel has lived with her parents on an isolated forestry station in the middle of Vancouver Island. She has never had friends, never known life outside the station and what she has read in books and magazines.
So when she learns that she will have to spend the summer with relatives in a village on the coas …

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Teach Me to Fly, Skyfighter!

and other stories

by Paul Yee
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: asian american

With Samson's butterfly kite flat on the ground and her own kite soaring, Sharon thought of shouting, "Okay, Samson Wong, you big-mouth. Let's see you fly your wonderful kite. Big wings will do it every time, right?"
But now that she had her chance to get even with Samson, Sharon didn't feel like fighting. She was happy just watching her kite pull …

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Salut, Gadou!

by Malcolm Reid, illustrated by Rose Zgodzinski
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings

The kids of the St-Jean-Baptiste district of Quebec City are going to lose their clubhouse--the only place where they can meet their friends, talk, and play music without adults around all the time.

But they've worked so hard on it, putting up walls, hammering, cleaning, that they won't give it up without a fight. So Genevieve, her friend Gadou and …

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Mike and the Bike

illustrated by Leoung O'Young
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: emotions & feelings, friendship

This volume in the Kids of Canada series follows two children as they learn that sometimes the best way to get what you want is to share.
Mike likes Jenny's bike, but he doesn't know how to ride one. He's too afraid to tell her that, so he tries to learn how to ride it on his own. That only makes trouble for them both.
Mike and the Bike is a book f …

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