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Lost on the Prairie

by MaryLou Driedger
edition: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), survival stories, 19th century

Set between Kansas and Saskatchewan in 1907, this middle-grade novel follows a young boy who gets separated from his family en route to Canada and must find his way alone across the immense prairie landscape.

Following the sudden death of his eldest brother, twelve-year-old Peter is chosen by his father to travel by train from Kansas to Saskatchewan …

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Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

by Anne Dublin
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: europe, emigration & immigration, post-confederation (1867-)

Thirteen-year-old Jacob’s life is hard in 1920s Poland, where he lives in an orphanage for Jewish children. His days are brightened by playing in the orphanage mandolin orchestra. When an American benefactor arrives with the promise of a new life in Canada at a farm school, Jacob and his friends are thrilled. But can they trust this man to keep h …

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Under Amelia's Wing

Book 2 in the Ginny Ross series

by Heather Stemp
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 15
  • Grade: 6 to 10
tagged: aviation, girls & women, post-confederation (1867-)

It's 1936, and against all odds—but not without a few stumbles—Ginny Ross has made it to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Otherwise known as the academic home of her friend and mentor, Amelia Earhart.) For Ginny, this is the next step toward her dream of becoming a pilot, but it's harder than she expected: as the only girl in h …

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Harvey Holds His Own

by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Tara Anderson
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: dogs, adolescence, self-esteem & self-reliance, post-confederation (1867-)

The West Highland Terrier that brought Harvey Comes Home to life returns with his tail wagging and his nose sharp, ready for a new adventure

Harvey the West Highland Terrier, hero of Harvey Comes Home, is back with his beloved Maggie. He is also back at Brayside retirement home, where he and Maggie now volunteer along with their friend Austin. There …

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As Long as the Rivers Flow

by Larry Loyie & Constance Brissenden, illustrated by Heather Holmlund
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: native canadian, new experience, post-confederation (1867-)

Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures.

As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of …

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La promesse du bout du monde

by Danielle Marcotte, illustrated by Stéphanie Bourgeois
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867), prejudice & racism, native canadian, emigration & immigration

Summer 1786. Two fifteen year-old orphan boys have embarked on a ship in Southhampton, Britain, that's heading for the North-East of the Pacific Ocean. Alexis is of Acadian descent and is looking for his scattered family while his friend Hugh dreams of a better life. But once they arrive on the North American continent, a young starving cougar will …

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The Amazing Time Travel Adventures of the Iron Crow Brothers and Bree Sainte Marie

by Rob Lennard
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: post-confederation (1867-)

Iron Crow embarks on a life-saving vision quest, meeting guardian wolves, three great First Nations chiefs, and his own Blackfoot ancestors. After facing death in encounters with a rattlesnake, stampeding buffalo, and an angry grizzly, his greatest challenge is to unite Johnny with his only hope for survival: a long-dead medicine man. Using his sci …

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Fight On!

Cape Breton Coal Miners,1900-1925

by Joanne Schwartz
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), politics & government

In early twentieth-century Cape Breton, coal mines stretched far out under the ocean. The workers, mostly men, but also children and ponies, spent all day in the dark, damp mines. Each day the workers descended into the mines, they risked never seeing sunlight or their families again. They were miserable and fearful, working in dangerous conditions …

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