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Harvey Holds His Own

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

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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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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Fight On!

Cape Breton Coal Miners,1900-1925

by Joanne Schwartz
edition: Paperback
  • 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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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
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Under Amelia's Wing

Book 2 in the Ginny Ross series

by Heather Stemp
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 11 to 15
  • Grade: 6 to 10
tagged: 20th century, 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 her …

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Amelia and Me

Book 1 in the Ginny Ross Series

by Heather Stemp
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: aviation, girls & women, post-confederation (1867-)

After reading about Amelia Earhart in her friend's scrapbook, twelve-year-old Ginny Ross decides to become a pilot. It's 1930 and luckily, the airstrip in her hometown of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, is a popular launching point for intrepid aviators setting out on transatlantic flights. But how will Ginny's dream take flight when her mother—and …

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Papergirl

by Melinda McCracken, with Penelope Jackson, narrator Marsha Mason
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-)

 

Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her working-class family in 1919 Winnipeg. The Great War and Spanish Influenza have taken their toll, and workers in the city are frustrated with low wages and long hours. When they orchestrate a general strike, Cassie — bright, determined and very bored at school — desperately wants to help.

She begins volunteeri …

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Until Niagara Falls

by Jennifer Maruno
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance, post-confederation (1867-)

Is friendship supposed to feel like walking over the falls?

Brenda is afraid of heights, being in the dark, and dog poop. Then she meets daring, rule-breaking Maureen and realizes their friendship is a bit like walking a tightrope — exciting but dangerous. Maureen encourages Brenda to use fire escapes, sleep outside in a tent, and walk through str …

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Room for One More

by Monique Polak
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: jewish, military & wars, post-confederation (1867-)

For twelve-year-old Rosetta Wolfson, the war in Europe seems very far off from her home in Canada. Then Mr. Schwartzberg comes to tea and asks Rosetta's parents if they will take in a young war refugee. Isaac joins the family and becomes a ready-made brother to Rosetta and her two sisters.

Isaac's arrival brings change. Her best friend's handsome br …

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