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On the Other Side of the Forest

by Nadine Robert, illustrated by Gerard DuBois
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship, non-classifiable, rabbits, environment

What’s on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that feels like a classic, calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.

Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur’s house. That’s why no one ever goes in there, to see what’s …

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Music for Tigers

by Michelle Kadarusman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: environment, adolescence, jungle animals, music, australia & oceania

From Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Michelle Kadarusman comes a novel about a young violinist who discovers her mother’s family secretly harbor a sanctuary for extinct Tasmanian tigers in the remote Australian rainforest

Shipped halfway around the world to spend the summer with her mom’s eccentric Australian relatives, middle schoo …

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Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

by Anne Dublin
edition: Paperback
  • 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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What's in it for Me?

by LS Stone
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: elephants, non-classifiable

Summer is only a month away, but things aren't going according to plan for fifteen-year-old Nick Bannerman. Nick dreams of making it big in music, and summer means scoring a deal for his band, mega parties, surfing in Tofino--and not much else. His best friend, Trevor, wants him to spend the summer with him in Africa building a school with a change …

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Birdspell

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, parents, birds

A parakeet might be just the thing Corbin needs to bring happiness into his world. His bipolar mother is often unemployed, and their apartment has no furniture, and sometimes no food. And it’s not like the neighbours lighten things up: a grouchy old man, a snarky teenager whose mother is never around … A talking bird would be a huge step up.

So, …

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Wild Outside

Around the World with Survivorman

by Les Stroud, illustrated by Andrew P. Barr
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: environmental conservation & protection, discoveries

Join TV’s Survivorman on twelve edge-of-your-seat adventures as he proves anyone can be an outdoor explorer.
From surviving a frigid night in northern Canada to munching on grubs in the Australian Outback, Les Stroud’s passion for the outdoors has driven him to some of the planet’s most remote and beautiful locations. In Wild Outside, he inv …

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Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice?

Real Science Questions from Real Kids

by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Suharu Ogawa
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: discoveries, chemistry, curiosities & wonders

Curious kids ask the best questions!

What keeps the stars from falling from the sky? Why do metal boats float? And more importantly, why don’t cars run on apple juice?! All these questions and more are found in the pages of this science Q & A book with questions from the most inquisitive of science center visitors—kids.

With help from a slew of s …

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Monster and Boy: Monster's First Day of School

by Hannah Barnaby, illustrated by Anoosha Syed
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: monsters

Monster and Boy are back for another adventure! And this time the best friends are headed somewhere no monster has ventured before: school!
Ever since Monster (who sleeps under the bed) and Boy (who sleeps in the bed) met and became best friends, they've been spending their days playing together. But some days, Boy leaves and Monster is alone. Wan …

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The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees (Scholastic Focus)

by Dana L. Church
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: insects, spiders, etc., environmental science & ecosystems, endangered

Dive deep into the world of this everyday insect -- and the science behind its uncertain future.

 

Bumble bees are as familiar to most of us as the flowers these fuzzy insects feed upon. But did you know that the bees in your garden could be escapees from a local greenhouse, or descended from stowaways on a Viking ship?

Bumble bees are a vital part of …

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Monster and Boy

by Hannah Barnaby, illustrated by Anoosha Syed
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: monsters

Fall in love with the friendship betweenMonster and Boy in this exciting new chapter book series from writer Hannah Barnaby and illustrator Anoosha Syed.
When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), Boy starts to scream—and Monster promptly swallows him. It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Told with a warm, …