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Apples and Angel Ladders

A Collection of Pioneer Christmas Stories

by Irene Morck
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: christmas & advent, short stories

No matter how well immigrants adapt to life in a new country, they still treasure the traditions of their native homes.

For many pioneer settlers in North America, Christmas was a time to honor their heritage, both spiritual and cultural. During those long and often bleak winters, Christmas brought families and their communities together. The fest …

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Saltbox Sweater, The

by Janet McNaughton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
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This realistic story of life in rural Newfoundland after the 1992 moratorium on northern cod stocks is written to appeal to newly independent readers.

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Pants Off First

illustrated by Ruth Ohi
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: beginner

"Time to undress," says Mummy, as she puts out his pajamas and hurries back to her dinner guests. And that's exactly what this little boy is going to do. So one by one, each article of clothing is pulled off and lands in a heap as his pets watch with interest. Then, one by one, each article of clothing finds a new owner as the toddler dresses his p …

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A Basket Of Beethoven

by Susan Currie
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: friendship, coming of age, bullying

Sam is fascinated by the new girl in his class. The daughter of a famous conductor, Helen seems angry and aloof - interested only in her book. When he tries to strike up a conversation with her after class, he only learns that her book is about Beethoven and she doesn't want to make friends. She doesn't seem to need anyone.

But Pete and Troy love to …

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Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers: Frédéric Chopin

illustrated by Mike Venezia
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 9
  • Grade: 3 to 4
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Presents a biography of Frédéric Chopin

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Shipwreck (Island #1)

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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An action-packed survival suspense from bestselling and award-winning author Gordon Korman.

 

Six kids. One shipwreck. One desert island. They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as punishment, or as a character-building experience. Now the adults are gone, and the quest for survival has begun.

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Sindbad et les geants

by Ludmila Zeman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: ancient civilizations, country & ethnic

In this stunning sequel to Sindbad: From the Tales of The Thousand and One Nights, Sindbad, now a rich sultan, recounts more of his adventures. On this voyage, Sindbad and his hapless crewmates are driven off course, and their ship is overrun by monkeys. They abandon the ship but row into more trouble, landing on an island inhabited by a man-eating …

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The-Dog-Next-Year

by Carmelita McGrath, illustrated by Nancy Keating
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
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The-Dog-Next-Year is the story of a classic mismatch. Six-year-old Lissa has almost everything a girl could want, except the puppy who runs through her dreams at night and answers to a secret name.

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Carrie's Camping Adventure

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

Carrie and her best friend Laura read about the Amazon rainforest--the monkeys, snakes and tarantulas--and decide they need to go to the wilderness themselves.

Carrie's mom isn't keen to go camping, but changes her mind when Carrie offers to organize the whole trip herself. Carrie's brother Ernie reluctantly agrees to go as well, on two conditions: …

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Jan's Awesome Party

by Monica Hughes, illustrated by Carlos Freire
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: humorous stories, emotions & feelings

Jan and her best friend Sarah have each earned a twenty-dollar reward for helping to track down their puppy friend Patch. They want to do something with the money they'll never forget--so they decide to throw a party for all their friends.

When they start planning, however, they find that parties cost far more than they can afford. When their teach …