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The Enchanted People

by Jennifer Pool, by (artist) David Dodson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: bullying, environment

The Enchanted People is a humanitarian fairytale about a young girl named Wawatay who lives away from her village as an outcast because she is different. All the people in her village have an enchanted power except for her, and so, she is not accepted by them. While living in solitude, Wawatay finds an injured baby sparrow and begins to care for he …

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Dog Walker

by Karen Spafford-Fitz
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: dogs, bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance

Turk needs cash, but he's allergic to his own sweat, so getting a job is out of the question.

Then Turk makes an important discovery: Girls love dogs. And Turk's friends will do anything to meet girls. So Turk starts a dog walking business. His friends walk the dogs and Turk collects half the money. In an attempt to impress dog-loving Carly, Turk br …

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Kylie the Magnificent

by Marty Chan
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: friendship, bullying

Fourteen-year-old Kylie really wants to be a part of the magician’s showcase. The problem is, the director has already decided that, because she’s a girl, Kylie would be better off assisting a magician rather than doing her own routine. Determined to prove him wrong, Kylie decides to team up with her friend Min to secure a spot in the show. But …

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Body Image

Deal with it because all bodies are great bodies

by Tierra Hohn, illustrated by Marne Grahlman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: social topics, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Too fat, too thin. Muffin top, flat bum, thunder thighs, spaghetti arms. From an early age, kids learn they are judged for how they look. Both boys and girls are bombarded with messages of what they should look like and are shamed for not measuring up. When kids encounter conflict based on stereotypes of body image, they need the understanding and …

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Last Pick

by David Starr
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.8
tagged: basketball, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying, girls & women, special needs

Last Pick shows how determination can help overcome obstacles — even bullying. Growing up with a developmental condition that left her clumsy in both movement and speech, Jazz was teased and never had the chance to play team sports. Now rid of her symptoms, Jazz is ready to play basketball at her Vancouver junior high, but the reappearance of an …

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Lone Runner

by Dirk McLean
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.5
tagged: track & field, bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance

Set in a diverse neighbourhood in Scarborough, Ontario, this book follows Michaela as she goes from a solitary runner to an athlete who contributes to the success of her cross-country team. Discouraged by an incident at her mostly-white summer camp, Michaela comes into her own as part of her racially diverse school track team. Focusing on themes of …

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TJ and the Sleepover

English Edition

by Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Jesus Lopez
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: beginner, native canadian, polar regions, bullying

TJ and his friends are having a great time playing out! But TJ can't help but notice that his friend Itani keeps picking on him and invading his personal space. TJ wants to ask Itani to stop, but he is afraid he's overreacting. During a sleepover at Itani's house, TJ realizes that he needs to be honest with Itani about how his behaviour makes TJ fe …

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