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A Deadly Distance

by Heather Down
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7

"Startled, Mishbee gasped, frozen with horror. She was staring down the barrel of a musket and was familiar with the sound those weapons made. The young girl knew muskets meant death."

At the beginning of the nineteenth century in Newfoundland, the Beothuks, a First Nations people, have been decimated by disease, and their numbers dwindle further as …


Way Lies North, The

by Jean Rae Baxter
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867)

This young adult historical novel focuses on Charlotte and her family, Loyalists who are forced to flee their home in the Mohawk Valley as a result of the violence of the "Sons of Liberty" during the American Revolution. At the beginning, fifteen-year-old Charlotte Hooper is separated from her sweetheart, Nick, who sympathizes with the Revolutionar …


The Dreadful Truth: The Northwest Passage

by Ted Staunton, by (artist) Remie Geoffroi
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 13
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: exploration & discovery, adventure & adventurers

The Northwest Passage, part of Canada's territory since 1880, has greater profile than ever as a warmer climate increases the opportunities to let ships through, and Canada decides how to protect these waters.

There was a time when the Northwest Passage was a key issue for all of Europe. European countries all wanted to be the first to find this le …



by Deborah Ellis & Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
tagged: friendship, peer pressure, prejudice & racism

Two bestselling authors join forces to write a powerful novel about racism.

A student arrested on suspicions of terrorism. A high school torn apart by racism. Two boys from two different sets of circumstances forced to choose sides.

These are the issues at the heart of Bifocal, a groundbreaking new novel for young-adults.

The story is told from two d …



by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon, illustrated by Laszlo Gal
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award

Parents' Choice Honour Award

Tiktala looked out at the black churning waters. She dreaded the sea, but she was more afraid of being left alone. She closed her eyes and heaved forward. "I am Tiktala," she cried, as she entered the ocean.

Tiktala looked down at what should have been her mittens and saw silv …


Double Take

Karen Brain's Olympic Journey

by Nikki Tate
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 17
  • Grade: 4 to 12
tagged: olympics

Maggie and the Chocolate War

by Michelle Mulder
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: post-confederation (1867-)

It’s 1947, and while the war is over and ration tickets are gone, food prices are going up. Then it is announced that the price of chocolate is going up too! Maggie and her friends leap into action and wage a strike against the price hike.

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