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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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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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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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Lucy Maud Montgomery

by Mollie Gillen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: cultural heritage, historical, women

Lucy Maud Montgomery is known to millions of readers the world over as the creator of Canada's most famous redhead, Anne of Green Gables.

Born in the tiny Prince Edward Island village of Clifton in 1874, Lucy Maud Montgomery grew up in the seaside community of Cavendish on the north shore of the island.

Opportunities for women were limited in the ru …

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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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Louis Riel

by Rosemary Neering
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: cultural heritage, historical

Louis Riel is published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside.

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Kissing the Witch

Old Tales in New Skins

by Emma Donoghue
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: adaptations, literary, short stories

Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth …

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Grave Secrets

by Sylvia McNicoll
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

Grave Secrets is published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside.

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The Nordlings

by Kathleen McDonnell
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4
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The first book in the Notherland Journeys trilogy. Fifteen-year-old Peggy is trying to run away from her problems at home. Before she can decide what to do, she finds herself thrust back into a long-forgotten fantasy world called Notherland, which she had

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