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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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Trip of the Dead

by Angela Misri
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: humorous stories, monsters

Trip, the clumsy but streetwise raccoon, has managed to survive the zombie apocalypse with the help of animal friends and a few kind humans. But he can’t help but notice one thing: he’s the only raccoon in his crew. In fact, he’s the only raccoon he’s seen in ages.

Where have all the raccoons gone?

The answer to that question is scarier than …

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Wired

by Sigmund Brouwer
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: winter sports, mysteries & detective stories

Keegan Bishop, championship skier, is almost injured by a wire strung across the ski run. Snowboard tracks leading away from the trap are the only clue as to who might be responsible. Keegan teaches himself to snowboard so he can find the culprit on the snowboarding slopes. When Keegan discovers that someone has been stealing snowboards and skis at …

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The Brushmaker's Daughter

by Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: holocaust, europe, prejudice & racism

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, …

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Camp Wild

by Pam Withers
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: survival stories, friendship, camping & outdoor activities

Wilf is convinced his parents want nothing to do with him. When he isn't in school, he is left to his own devices or shipped away to camp. But at fifteen, Wilf is adamant that he is too old for summer camp. When his parents ignore his protests and ship him off anyway, he knows how he will get their attention: He will escape from camp by canoe and s …

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Cabin Girl

by Kristin Butcher
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: bullying, new experience, business, careers, occupations, friendship

Sixteen-year-old Bailey is working at her first summer job, as a cabin girl at a fly-in fishing camp at Witch Lake. She struggles with the job at first but enjoys hearing the stories of the area, including the legend of a local ghost. Then April, an older waitress with street smarts, takes Bailey under her wing and the two girls become friends. It …

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Pigboy

by Vicki Grant
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: law & crime, humorous stories

Dan is not sure he'll survive the boring field trip to a remote heritage farm. How could a place with no running water, telephone or electricity be anything but dull? The farmer knows nothing about farming and seems angry about having to conduct the tour. And what's with his tattoo? The teacher requests a private word with the farmer and then myst …

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A Great Big Night

by Kate Inglis, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), friendship, frogs & toads

The music train was a happy sight
Clickity-clackity three on bikes
Rolling in for a great big night.

When three travelling frog musicians roll through the forest on their painted bicycles, the other animals know they're in for a great big party. Only one of them is not having fun: grumpy old grouse. Just as he's telling everyone to stop with th …