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Sudden Impact

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, death & dying, values & virtues

When Kurt is hurt in a soccer game and ends up in the hospital Tina tries to help him, but nobody will tell her what is wrong, and Kurt's parents don't want her around. Tina learns that Kurt needs a donor with a rare blood type, and she finds a match in Kurt's soccer rival Jason. Jason agrees to donate his blood to Kurt, but when Kurt disappears fr …

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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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No Vacancy

by Tziporah Cohen
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: jewish, friendship, prejudice & racism

With the help of her Catholic friend, an eleven-year-old Jewish girl creates a provocative local tourist attraction to save her family’s failing motel.

Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York wasn’t eleven-year-old Miriam Brockman’s dream, but at least it’s an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, whose grandmothe …

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Siha Tooskin Knows the Sacred Eagle Feather

by Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead, illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: native canadian, values & virtues

For as long as Paul could remember there were eagle feathers around him…but how had they come to be in all of those places in his life?

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—can find these feathers in Ade’s truck, on the dream catcher above his bed, on his Uncle Lenard’s bustle, and in with the smudge bowls in all of his relatives’ homes. Paul alr …

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Siha Tooskin Knows the Offering of Tobacco

by Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead, illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: native canadian, values & virtues

We can learn many things from the stars, the plants, the animals, and Ena Makoochay (Mother Earth) herself. But how do we show gratitude for the gifts we receive?  

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—knows that whether we are taking berries or plants from the earth or knowledge from a learned person it is so important to offer a gift back to show honou …

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Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair

by Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead, illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: native canadian, values & virtues, non-classifiable

Where can you find strength when someone disrespects you? And what does having strength really mean?

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—has learned from Ena (his mom) and Ade (his dad) to maintain a strong mind, heart, and spirit. Though starting at a new school can be hard, especially when the kids there have never experienced the values and culture o …

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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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What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?

True Stories of Imagination and Courage

by Heather Camlot, illustrated by Serge Bloch
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 17
tagged: non-classifiable, values & virtues, sociology, violence

What if the impossible were actually possible? What if we turned our dreams into action? What if our imagination could help solve real-world crises, like war, famine, and human rights violations?

Through a series of seemingly whimsical questions, this middle-grade nonfiction book introduces readers to people and organizations that are subverting vi …

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How and Why Stuff Gets Popular

by Kira Vermond & Clayton Hanmer
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: peer pressure, sociology, values & virtues, customs, traditions, anthropology

Fads and trends: How do they start? Why do they spread? And how deep can their impact be? Although trends might seem trivial, if you dig deeper, you’ll find that our desire to chase the next big thing can have an even bigger impact than expected.

Established middle-grade author Kira Vermond and cartoonist Clayton Hanmer team up in this fun and ac …

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Rugby Rivals

by Mike Levitt
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: peer pressure, values & virtues, self-esteem & self-reliance

Sam's grandfather, Pops, always taught Sam that the most important aspects of rugby are sportsmanship and teamwork. Things are not great at home, with Pops having Alzheimer's and Sam's mother trying to make ends meet, but Sam's struggles really begin when his school is shut down and he transfers to Rosedale Heights. Sam feels like he's alone agains …