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The Minstrel Boy

by Sharon Stewart
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: historical, time travel, arthurian

Winner of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice: Best Books for Kids & Teens
David Baird, a talented young rock musician, accompanies his estranged father to Wales. Fleeing after a quarrel, David has a bizarre motorcycle accident which hurls him back in time to medieval Prydein. A variation on the Arthurian legend, The Minstrel Boy introdu …

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The Nordlings

by Kathleen McDonnell
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
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Peggy is trying to run away from home. Instead she finds herself thrust into a fantasy world she created as a child. As the Creator, Peggy is the only one who can stop the evil force, Nobodaddy, threatening to destroy Notherland.

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Franklin's Neighbourhood

by Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Brenda Clark
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: media tie-in

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin's first school project is to create a picture of what he likes best about his neighborhood. Franklin can't decide what to draw. Beaver chooses the library and Moose decides on the pond. Franklin likes those places, too. But what about the fire station? Or the park? After considering all the many choices, …

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The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

by Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

During WWI, when the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The dresser that saved Gabi’s life now sits in author Kathy Kacer’s home in Toronto.

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Alexander Graham Bell

by A Roy Petrie
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: historical

Best known for the development of the telephone and the foundation of the Bell Telephone Company, Alexander Graham Bell was one of the last great inventors. His innovative genius in a variety of fields allowed Canada, his adopted country, to become a world leader in the swift technological expansion of the late nineteenth century.

Bell's father was …

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Crowfoot

by Carlotta Hacker
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: historical

When Crowfoot was born in 1830, the Blackfoot Confederacy was a powerful nation living free in the prairies. But as Crowfoot was growing up, earning a reputation for courage and wisdom, the Blackfoot way of life was disintegrating.

Traders brought disease and liquor;

The buffalo herds dwindled;

Government incentives encouraged settlers to flock to t …

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Shoot to Score

by Sandra Richmond
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Steven Edwards' worst nightmare has come true: playing defence on the B team of his West Vancouver pee wee hockey league.

Things get worse when his coach starts picking on Steven, and the coach's bully son Josh pressures him into some really stupid pranks. When they get caught and are forced to confess, however, the feeling in the dressing room lig …

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