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No Time to Say Goodbye

Children's Stories of Kuper Island Residential School

by Sylvia Olsen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: native canadian

No Time to Say Goodbye is a fictional account of five children sent to aboriginal boarding school, based on the recollections of a number of Tsartlip First Nations people. These unforgettable children are taken by government agents from Tsartlip Day School to live at Kuper Island Residential School. The five are isolated on the small island and lif …

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Janey's Girl

by Gayle Friesen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: parents, emotions & feelings

Fourteen-year-old Claire and her mother, Jane, are on their way across the country to visit Claire's grandmother. As they approach the family farm, Claire watches her mother become more and more anxious. Until now, she thought they had an open relationship with a healthy respect for each other's privacy. This trip unlocks the key to the many questi …

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The Last Voyage of the Scotian

by Bill Freeman
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
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In the spring of 1873, Meg and John Bains are ready to return home from a winter working in a lumber camp when they are lured into a trap and shanghaied as crew on a leaky old square-rigged sailing ship in Quebec City.
The windjammer is under-manned and the captain is a tyrant, making the voyage a difficult one. But danger is balanced by the excite …

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Shadows On A Sword

by Karleen Bradford
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
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In this gripping sequel to the award-winning There Will Be Wolves, Karleen Bradford once again shows her immense talent for combining a sizzling plot, fascinating historical detail and real-life characters whose eleventh-century concerns ring surprisingly true with contemporary young readers.

Set against the violence of the Holy Crusades, Shadows …

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The Secret of Sentinel Rock

by Judith Silverthorne
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: girls & women, time travel

Visiting her grandmother's farm, Emily encounters a strangely-dressed girl her age, and discovers that she's a relative -- from another time!

Who is this oddly dressed girl? Where did she come from? What is she doing on the rock outcrop, Emily's favourite spot on her late grandmother's farm? Come to think of it, where is the farm?

Emily, a twelve-yea …

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Papier-Mache Today

by Sheila McGraw
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 17
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: sculpture, activity books

"This attractive, copiously illustrated, and easy to use how-to-do-it book touches all the bases." -- Kliatt

Out of print since 2007, Papier-Mâché Today is back in print for a new generation of crafters of all ages. Papier-mâché is an easy activity for children at home and a staple in school classrooms.

Papier-mâché is inexpensive, require …

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Exploring the Night Sky

The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners

by Terence Dickinson, illustrated by John Bianchi
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 17
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: astronomy, astrophysics & space science

Exploring the Night Sky is aimed at novice star gazers anxious to expand their astronomical repertoire beyond the Big and Little Dippers. Dickinson has designed a superb introduction to astronomy that is clear, concise, beautifully illustrated, and very "user friendly" no matter what the child's age.

 

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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 …