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Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk, foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair, afterword by Betty Ross
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism, historical, canada

From Governor-General’s Award-winning writer David A. Robertson comes this special edition of the timeless graphic novel that introduced the world to the awe-inspiring resilience of Betty Ross, and shared her story of strength, family, and culture.

A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, who tells him …

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Road Allowance Era

by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 11 to 15
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, coming of age, prejudice & racism, action & adventure, canada, girls & women, orphans & foster homes

In the Road Allowance Era, Echo’s story picks up again when she travels back in time to 1885.

The bison are gone. The Manitoba Act’s promise of land for the Métis has gone unfulfilled, and many Métis flee to the Northwest. As part of the fallout from the Northwest Resistance, their advocate and champion Louis Riel is executed. As new legislati …

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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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Black Beach

by Glynis Guevara, read by Raven Dauda
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: coming of age, girls & women, caribbean & latin america

 

Sixteen-year-old Tamera lives in La Cresta, a rural fishing community on a Caribbean island. Despite having the support of relatives, including her dad, Earl, her elder sister, Mary and her best friend and first cousin, Jan, she struggles to deal with her mom’s mental health issues and the absence of her boyfriend, Dalton who moves out of the vi …

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The Wondrous Woo

by Carrianne Leung, read by Lisa Truong
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: coming of age, non-classifiable

 

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter … on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventur …

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The Discovery of Flight

by Susan Glickman, read by Shauna Haracka
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: girls & women, death & dying, coming of age

 

The Discovery of Flight is a novel in two voices about the relationship between two sisters, the older of whom is disabled by cerebral palsy and only able to communicate with assistive technology (she can control her computer by moving her eyes). It interweaves the fantasy novel sixteen-year-old Libby is writing for Sophie’s thirteenth birthday, …

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Python Programming for Beginners

A Kid's Guide to Coding Fundamentals

by Patricia Foster
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: programming

Think like a programmer with this fun beginner’s guide to Python for ages 10 to 14

Kids can learn to code with the power of Python! Python Programming for Beginners is the perfect way to introduce aspiring coders to this simple and powerful coding language. This book teaches kids all about Python and programming fundamentals—and is packed full …

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Dragonfly Song

by Wendy Orr
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 10
tagged: fantasy & magic, survival stories, greek & roman, ancient civilizations

A gripping upper-middle-grade fantasy set in Bronze-Age Crete from Nim's Island author Wendy Orr

The girl has had many selves in her short life. The first she remembers is Aissa, the daughter of Mama and Dada, sister to Zufi who watched the goats. Then the Bull King's raiders came, and Mama said, "Don't make a sound till I come back." And when the v …

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Canadian Geographic Canada for Kids

1000 Awesome Facts

by Aaron Kylie
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
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A kid's reference featuring facts and trivia focusing on Canada's records, achievements and gee-whiz accomplishments.

This newly designed, patriotic celebration of Canada's superlatives, complete with 600 color photographs, presents young readers with a visual feast of facts, figures and feats that make Canada unique.

Covering everything from Drake …

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This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes

How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: prejudice & racism, sociology, psychology

An essential overview of the science behind stereotypes: from why our brains form them to how recognizing them can help us be less biased.

From the time we're babies, our brains constantly sort and label the world around us --- a skill that's crucial for our survival. But, as adolescents are all too aware, there's a tremendous downside: when we do t …