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Golden Rose, The

by Dayle Campbell Gaetz
edition: eBook
  • age: 11 to 15
  • Grade: 6 to 10
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867)

A Journey from England in 1860 takes 14-year-old Katherine Harris and her family to a new life near Hope, B.C. The eldest daughter, Susan, dies just as the family reaches its new homestead. Before she dies, Susan presses a gold nugget into her sister’s hand given to her by the grateful parents of a sick child. Katherine is determined to live up t …

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A Fine Day for Drool

by Sharon Siamon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 13
  • Grade: 2 to 7
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Kiff and his friends are back for another exciting adventure, this time with a lovable dog named Drool.
When Kiff hears about an old trading post deep in the bush, he is dying to visit it. Maybe there is a buried treasure But the only person who knows how to get there is stuck-up Josie Moon, and she won't tell. Kiff decides to trick Josie by follo …

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Wheels

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying

Everyone likes Wheels at Degrassihe plays in a rock band with his buddies Joey and Snake and thinks about being a musician full-time, like his birth father.
But Wheels's life slams to a halt when his parents are killed in a car accident. He fights with his best friend, hangs around downtown with rough street kids, and gets into serious trouble wit …

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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.

Award-winning author …

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Trouble at Lachine Mill

by Bill Freeman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: colonial & revolutionary periods

Meg and Jamie Bains spend twelve hours a day sewing shirts in a loud, dim room filled with row after row of poor women and children tending their sewing machines. They're lucky to have the work.
In the 1870s Canada suffers from a terrible Depression, and the Bains have travelled the country looking for work since their father died, finally ending …

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Billy Higgins Rides the Freights

by Montero, Gloria
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 15
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: country life

Billy Higgins and his family have a good life in Vancouver. His father is a skilled working man--a tool and die cutter--and while they aren't rich they are comfortable, and happy.
But when the Great Depression strikes and Billy's dad loses his job, everything changes. Billy's forced to quit school and look for work to help support his family, and …

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First Spring on the Grand Banks

by Bill Freeman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
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In this exciting tale set in the 1870s, John and Meg Bains and their friend Canso arrive in Nova Scotia to find that Canso's father has died and his schooner seized for debts. Refused credit for a fishing trip by the merchant Hunter, they take the schooner and flee to Tower Rock, Newfoundland, intending to make enough money fishing to repay the de …

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