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No More Pranks

by Polak, Monique
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: marine life, environment, values & virtues

Pete likes to play pranks. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it gets a laugh. When he impersonates his vice-principal on a radio call-in show, he goes too far and is suspended from school. Pete's parents send him to spend the summer working with his uncle, a whale-watching guide in a tourist town far from the city. When a whale is injured by …

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The Rules Have Changed

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, assimilation, values & virtues, emigration & immigration

After three years abroad, sixteen-year-old Blake Pendleton returns to his old high school and is shocked to find that the world he knew has turned upside down. Everyone wears a military-style uniform now and Blake soon learns the hard way that independence in any form is not encouraged. After questioning something his teacher tells him, he gets lo …

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Viral

by Alex Van Tol
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: values & virtues, friendship, sexual abuse

Mike is in love with his best friend, Lindsay. And he's pretty sure she feels the same way…until a misunderstanding destroys Lindsay's trust. Devastated, Lindsay leaves town for the summer. When she returns in the fall, she has reinvented herself, dressing differently and hanging with the "in" crowd. And she wants nothing to do with Mike. 
When a …

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom: The Tricky Treat (Halloween Special)

Includes a Halloween Mask!

illustrated by Guru Animation Studio, adapted by Robin Bright
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: halloween, values & virtues, fantasy & magic, media tie-in

Plumpkin Day is supposed to be about wearing scary costumes and collecting treats. But this year, a naughty Yeti has transformed the citizens of the Rainbow Kingdom into Howling Greenies by giving them Tricky Treats! If True can’t change them back before the next full moon, they’ll stay that way forever! She’s going to need help.

Based on the …

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Islamophobia

Deal with it in the name of peace

by Safia Saleh, illustrated by Hana Shafi
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 5
tagged: prejudice & racism, values & virtues, social topics, islam

Today's kids have lived their whole lives in a world where the topic of religious belief has become a serious social issue. The media and social media are full of stereotypes and misinformation about Islam in particular, and this atmosphere of fear and distrust has entered the everyday life of kids. When kids encounter conflict based on intolerance …

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The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

read by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson & Tiffany Ayalik
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), values & virtues

 

The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland …

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom: The Living Sea

adapted by Robin Bright, illustrated by Guru Animation Studio
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: environment, media tie-in, values & virtues, friendship, fantasy & magic

True and Bartleby must solve the ice stars mystery! Oh no! The Living Sea has gotten too hot for the animals who live in it. The ice stars are supposed to keep the water cool—but where have they gone? True and Bartleby need to solve this mystery, and fast! Based on the top-rated animated series.
About True and the Rainbow Kingdom:  True is a f …

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom: The Super Sticky Rescue

adapted by Robin Bright, illustrated by Guru Animation Studio
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: friendship, values & virtues, media tie-in, fantasy & magic

True saves her friend Bartleby! Bartleby wasn’t supposed to play with Zee’s Zingy Zapper, but he couldn’t resist. Now everything he touches clings to him! How will True get him out of this very sticky situation? Based on the top-rated animated series.
About True and the Rainbow Kingdom:  True is a fearless eight-year-old who helps the whim …

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The Art of the Possible

An Everyday Guide to Politics

by Edward Keenan, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: politics & government, sociology, values & virtues, customs, traditions, anthropology

We all know what a politician looks like, right? They’re old people who wear suits and make long, boring speeches full of indecipherable words. Not so fast! As The Art of the Possible explains, everyone is a politician — even young people who aren’t yet eligible to vote. We all have influence over how politics function.
But what are politics …

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