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Where Poppies Grow

A World War I Companion

by Linda Granfield
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: military & wars

When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothersand fathers would be home by Christmas. The …

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The Hungry Year

by Connie Brummel Crook
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: bedtime & dreams

Twelve-year-old Kate has always had to be more responsible than other girls her age. Since her mother's death and her family's flight to Canada, Kate's father has relied on her to keep house and look after her younger twin brothers. In a new place with poor shelter and no help, Kate must grow up even faster.

It is 1787. After poor crops, with little …

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A Miracle for Maggie

by Stephen Eaton Hume
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: canada, diseases, illnesses & injuries, death & dying

Maggie Davis is a young girl who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia, near Halifax, when her beloved Uncle Nick is killed by diabetes. Maggie’s father, a doctor, is greatly saddened by his brother’s death, and soon has to deal with his own daughter’s diagnosis with the dread disease. Various remedies are tried, including starvation diet popular at …

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Love Ya Like a Sister

A Story of Friendship

edited by Julie Johnston
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: adolescence, friendship

Sixteen-year-old Katie had just begun a year in Paris with her family when she died suddenly. Her family was devastated, but they drew comfort from Katie’s extensive e-mail correspondence to her many friends. In page after page, her family read how Katie explored the nature of friendship, her belief in God, and her desire to understand what const …

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Fandex Family Field Guides: Mythology

by Kathryn Petras & Ross Petras
edition: Undefined
  • age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12
tagged: folklore & mythology

MYTHOLOGY

Bringing the world of Mythology to your fingertips, Fandex presents a field guide to the legendary figures of ancient Greece and Rome. Which 12 gods and goddesses ruled from Mount Olympus'? Who are the Fates, the Graces, the Muses? How did Theseus slay the monstrous Minotaur and escape from its labyrinth? What was the one thing to remain i …

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Foghorn Passage

by Alison Lohans
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying, people with disabilities

Matt Bruckner, a brilliant violinist, is left paraplegic after a tragic car accident that also claimed the life of his sister. When sixteen-year-old Sammie Franklin visits him, she just wants to run away from his pain and the unfairness of it all. But somehow she can't.

By staying can she help Matt find a reason to live? As their difficult friendshi …

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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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Luke Baldwin's Vow

by Morley Callaghan
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: dogs, death & dying, orphans & foster homes

"Come on, Dan. Come on, old boy," Luke pleaded softly. "I won't let you die..."

When his father dies, Luke is sent to live with his uncle, a practical man who has no patience at all for dreamers.

Then Dan, an old collie, comes into Luke's life and he discovers that the practical things in life are not always that important.

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Cowboys Don't Quit

by Marilyn Halvorson
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: peer pressure

In Cowboys Don't Cry, Shane and dad finally settled into a new life on a ranch in Deer Valley, Alberta. They'd been through some rough times after Shane's mother died in a car accident and his father was drinking too much. But all that was behind them and they were getting along fine together. Or so Shane thought.

Now, in Cowboys Don't Quit, his dad …

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