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George, the friendly dragon

designed by francis Mitchell; Gizelle Erdei, edited by Michelle Paon, by Matthew O'Neill, other primary creator Esther Theriault, guest editor Judit Rajhathy & Margot Schelew, consultant editor Jordan Schelew
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: prejudice & racism

A heart-warming story about being different and all that entails, especially for someone growing up wanting to be understood and seeking acceptance from others. This story is about believing in oneself and developing tolerance for others, and addresses the important concept of self-esteem for children. George, the Friendly Dragon is a heartwarming …

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Go For It, Carrie

by Lesley Choyce, illustrated by Mark Thurman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

Carrie wants to rollerblade, to zoom down the sidewalk at a hundred kilometres an hour. Her big brother Ernie says it isn't going to happen, that she's too young to do it.

But her friend Gregory, a new kid in school with Down's syndrome, inspires her to hold on to her dream. She has no money, no gear, no experience, and no encouragement. But at ever …

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Taking a Dive

by Michele Martin Bossley
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: emotions & feelings

Josie is afraid that her record-breaking swim in the 200-metre butterfly at the Alberta provincial championship was a fluke. As her Calgary swim team trains for a big meet she can't come anywhere near her best time, and sees her dreams of national and Olympic glory slipping away.

When she participates in her school's Athletic Challenge, however, she …

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Billy and the Bearman

by David A. Poulsen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 9
tagged: native canadian, survival stories

A dramatic turn of events unites twelve-year-old Billy Gavin and seventeen-year-old John "Bearman" Redell, two boys from seemingly different backgrounds who discover that they in fact have a great deal in common - they are both runaways. Together, alone against nature in the rugged Alberta wilderness, they begin to deal with the demons of their pas …

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Dragon in the Clouds

by Rosemary Nelson
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance

The Okanagan summer stretches out in front of twelve-year-old Nikki like a sparkling rainbow, with lots of time to spend at the beach and with her horse, Ginger. When her cousin Trevor arrives in his wheelchair, spoiling all her plans, they take an instant dislike to one another. But a vision in the clouds will change both her and Trevor’s feelin …

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Absolutely Invincible

by William Bell
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: people with disabilities

Though extremely intelligent and highly skilled in Shaolin self-defense, fifteen-year-old George Ma is crippled by loss of memory - the result of a horrific incident in his past.

The agents of George's journey back to health are classmates "Hook," confined to a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident; Amy, a blind computer whiz; and Heather who is d …

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Hattie Pearl Click Click

by Emily Hearn, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, special needs

When Janey was a young girl, she had a problem learning to read. The only person who seemed to recognize her difficulty was the effervescent Hattie Pearl. Told in flashback and set in the 1940s.

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