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My Life as a Crow

by Francois Gravel, translated by Sheila Fischman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 13
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic

"What happens when a witch recites a secret spell over you late at night? A lot! For one thing, you could turn into a crow.
"At first I wasn't sure I wanted to be a crow. Then I realized it was great. I could fly, I could shout insults, I never had to take a bath. It's a good way to get even with bullies, the grouchy woman on the corner, and even …

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Unreal!

Lighthouse Blues and Lucky Lips

by Paul Jennings
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: fantasy & magic

In 1987 Unreal! won the Young Australians' Best Book Award for older readers. In this cassette Max Gillies performs two stories from Unreal!: the scary Lighthose Blues and the hilarious Lucky Lips.
Lighthouse Blues
Anton is the first guest to visit Stan's island who isn't frightened off by the strange music coming from the lighthouse. But w …

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Mr. Zamboni's Dream Machine

by Francois Gravel, translated by Sarah Cummins
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 13
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic

Imagine playing goal during the Stanley Cup playoffs! Imagine playing hockey for Team Canada! Imagine winning!
Daniel like dreaming. If only life were more like his dreams... Daniel plays goal for a junior team, and lately they have been losing.
Then one day the man who drives the ice-cleaning machine invites Daniel to do something special. He invi …

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Snake

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings

Snake thought he'd be king of the castle in grade nine, but it didn't turn out that way.
He made the basketball team, but the team captain is out to get him booted off. The prettiest girl at Degrassi thinks he's a geek, his marks are falling and his brother has just announced that he's gay. Snake wishes for a magic solution, but finally he has to …

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