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Volleyball Vibe

by Karen Spafford-Fitz
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: friendship, girls & women, bullying

Highlighting girls' volleyball, a sport that has overtaken girls' basketball in popularity, Volleyball Vibe shows how engagement in sports can boost self-esteem, confidence and foster responsibility and teamwork. The main character, Ria, is a teen girl living in Edmonton, Alberta, whose obsession with beauty and fashion leads her mother to insist t …

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Open Ice

by David Trifunov
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: hockey, girls & women, friendship

Set in a co-ed environment, Open Ice follows Vancouver, British Columbia, teens Jillian and Jacob, who must attempt to deal with their problems through communication, problem-solving and teamwork, not unlike the typical methods kids see when dealing with challenges. Touching on the sports-based — as opposed to social — pressures that discourage …

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Head to Head

by Jennifer Manuel
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: soccer, new experience, girls & women

With characters who display diversity in ethnicity and leadership style, Head to Head is based in Victoria, British Columbia, and focuses on empowering girls to work together and develop leadership qualities. Readers will instantly recognize the struggle of dealing with someone they don't get along with as main character Emika struggles to connect …

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Pisim Finds Her Miskanaw

by William Dumas, illustrated by Leonard Paul
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: native canadian, multigenerational, girls & women, pre-confederation (to 1867), new baby

In 1993, the remains of a young woman were discovered at Nagami Bay, South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Out of that important archeological discovery came this unique story about a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid-1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanow …

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