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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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The Baitchopper

by Silver Donald Cameron
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
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Andrew Gurney knows his father is involved in the fight for a fisherman's union, but such grown-up problems have little place in his 13-year-old world - until a street battle with kids from the other side makes him realise that his father fight has also become his own. Andrew has no idea how dangerous the situation is, until someone deliberately se …

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Salut, Gadou!

by Reid, Malcolm, illustrated by Zgodzinski, Rose
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings

The kids of the St-Jean-Baptiste district of Quebec City are going to lose their clubhouse--the only place where they can meet their friends, talk, and play music without adults around all the time.
But they've worked so hard on it, putting up walls, hammering, cleaning, that they won't give it up without a fight. So Genevieve, her friend Gadou a …

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A Guide to First Spring on the Grand Banks

by Stanley Sparkes
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 16
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: reading skills

This guide has been prepared to assist teachers at the senior elementary and early secondary levels who would like to use Bill Freeman's First Spring on the Grand Banks young adult novel in English and in Canadian history classes.
Stanley Sparkes has written a comprehensive guide includes a commentary on Newfoundland literature; an historical bac …

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Afraid of the Dark

by Barry Dickson, illustrated by Kassian, Olena
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 11
  • Grade: 1 to 6
tagged: emotions & feelings

Afraid of the Dark is a touching account of a young boy who masters his fears to act with great courage.

It is the story of the friendship between Allan and his new neighbour Alain, who comes from Quebec. Allan learns how to overcome his fear of the dark, begins to learn a new language and, when called upon, acts heroically to save the lives of thos …

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On Stage, Please

by Veronica Tennant, illustrated by Rita Briansky
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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What nine-year-old Jennifer Allen wants most in the world is to be a ballet dancer. And, despite a discouraging debut under the tutelage of cigar-chomping Mr. Vincent, and the warning from her friend Danielle that “it’s not all glamour,” Jennifer is determined to follow her dream.

Prima Ballerina Veronica Tennant’s entrancing story of a youn …

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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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About Nellie and Me

by Barry Dickson, photographs by Paul Craven
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 10
  • Grade: 3 to 5
tagged: emotions & feelings

About Nellie and Me brings together two touching stories of young people growing up in the big city.A Home for NellieA smuggled kitten, a "no pets" rule and the story of Nellie McClung push Sharon into action in her housing project. It looks as though her older friend Mrs. Davis will lose her kittens unless a way can be found to get the rules chang …

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