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Water Fight!

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

Josie's sister Melissa is too perfect, better than her in everything--except in the pool. Josie dreams of Olympic swimming gold, and works hard with her Calgary swim team to achieve it.

So when Melissa decides to join the team too, Josie is outraged and afraid that, once again, her sister will beat her. But as the big invitational swim meet approach …

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Face Off

by Forsyth, Christine
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 9 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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The Acting Bug

by Kathryn Ellis
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: television & radio, girls & women, friendship

TV stardom – fame, fortune, and Hollywood! It’s the chance of a lifetime for Kate Merriman when she lands a small role in a new TV series called Backbeat.

But it’s less fun when Kate finds out her best friend Maria has turned down the part she’s been offered in the show. They’re always there for each other. How can Kate succeed when Maria …

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A Friend Like Zilla

by Rachna Gilmore
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: prejudice & racism, bullying, friendship, special needs

Nobby meets Zilla, who is developmentally disabled, while on holiday. But Uncle Chad is prejudice towards Zilla. Attitudes change when Uncle Chad gets hurt and Zilla comes to the rescue.

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Up to Low

by Brian Doyle
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 13
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: friendship, canada

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award

Young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium-shaped eyes, discover that living, healing and dying are not always what they seem. And they make that discovery with the help of a wonderful cast of characters, including Crazy Mickey, Frank and the Hummer.

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