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Chinese New Year

A Celebration for Everyone

by Jen Sookfong Lee
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: other, non-religious, asia, emigration & immigration

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, tr …

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A Home Away from Home

True Stories of Wild Animal Sanctuaries

by Nicholas Read
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: animal welfare, hippos & rhinos, apes, monkeys, etc.

An informative book for middle-grade readers about sanctuaries across North America that rescue wild animals and provide them with safe places to live.

Years ago, most major cities in North America had zoos full of exotic or wild animals in tiny cages. It was also not uncommon for wild animals to be kept as pets or trained to perform in circuses. To …

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Return from Extinction

The Triumph of the Elephant Seal

by Linda L. Richards
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: environmental conservation & protection, environmental science & ecosystems, marine life

Less than 100 years ago, the northern elephant seal was thought to be extinct. Today more than 250,000 elephant seals swim in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Mexico. In Return from Extinction: The Triumph of the Elephant Seal Linda L. Richards tells the story of their dramatic recovery.
Elephant seals were hunted to near extinction for their prec …

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Journal of a Travelling Girl

by Nadine Neema, illustrated by Archie Beaverho, foreword by Joseph Judas
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: native canadian, girls & women, politics & government

This fictional coming-of-age story traces a young girl’s reluctant journey by canoe through the ancestral lands of the Tli?cho People, as she gradually comes to understand and appreciate their culture and the significance of their fight for self-government.

"Journal of a Travelling Girl deserves to be in every northern classroom. There is so much …

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Mega-Dogs of New Kansas

by Dan Jolley, illustrated by Jacques Khouri
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: science fiction, action & adventure, dogs

The story of a girl and her dog—in space.
Sienna Barlow loves nothing more than riding around New Kansas on top of her mega-dog, Gus. He's one of the massive pooches protecting the human settlers of a strange planet. In fact, Sienna connects better with Gus than with other kids. So when a visiting official threatens to shut down the mega-dog prog …

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Trapped in Hitler's Web

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: europe, military & wars, holocaust

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (author of Making Bombs for Hitler and Stolen Girl) delivers a gripping story about the bonds of friendship forged in the perils of war.

 

In the grip of World War II, Maria has realized that her Nazi-occupied Ukrainian town is no longer safe. Though she and her family might survive, her friend Nathan, who is Jewish, is in gra …

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Sometimes We Need Help

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by Jessie Hale, illustrated by Emma Pedersen
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: polar regions, native canadian, daily activities, friendship

Adamie and Taq always have a great time together. But lately, Adamie doesn’t seem like himself..In this wordless graphic novel, pictures tell the story of two best friends who are always there for each other. Adamie and Taq learn that when life gets overwhelming, it’s okay to ask for help.

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