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Winterkill

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: europe, military & wars

Ukrainian Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch tells a gripping story of how the Soviet Union starved the Ukrainian people in the 1930s -- and of their determination to overcome.

 

Nyl is just trying to stay alive. Ever since the Soviet dictator, Stalin, started to take control of farms like the one Nyl's family lives on, there is less and less fo …

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The Undercover Book List

by Colleen Nelson
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, books & libraries

Governor General’s Award Finalist Colleen Nelson’s tale of identity, unlikely friends, and a secret book club, now available in a new paperback format.

Between her father’s posting overseas and her best friend Sienna’s move to the other side of the country, seventh grade is looking lonely for Jane MacDonald. But Sienna has left her with one …

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Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

by Monique Gray Smith & Robin Wall Kimmerer, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, customs, traditions, anthropology, botany

Drawing from her experiences as an Indigenous scientist, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer demonstrated how all living things—from strawberries and witch hazel to water lilies and lichen—provide us with gifts and lessons every day in her best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass. Adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith, this new edition reinforce …

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Her Courage Rises

50 Trailblazing Women of British Columbia and Yukon

by Haley Healey, illustrated by Kimiko Fraser
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: girls & women, canada

A beautifully illustrated collection of inspiring life stories of fifty extraordinary historical women from BC and Yukon.

This fascinating, informative, and charming book introduces young readers to a diverse group of women who changed the face of history in unexpected ways and defied the expectations and gender norms of their times. Through charmin …

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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs

by Colleen Nelson & Kathie MacIsaac
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: careers, school & education, inspirational & personal growth, diversity & multicultural

There is no single path to the job of your dreams.

What does it take to become a stuntperson? How does a mathematician spend her days? When does a barber become the center of a community? In this refreshing take on a careers book, meet twenty-five individuals of different backgrounds, genders, and abilities who have found their careers through a wi …

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Canada Wild

Animals Found Nowhere Else on Earth

by Maria Birmingham, illustrated by Alex MacAskill
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
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A full-colour illustrated guide to Canada's endemic species for young readers, from the award-winning author of Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways that Animals Sleep.

Canada is home to over 308 endemic species of plants and animals — meaning they're found nowhere else on Earth. In Canada Wild, award-winning author Maria Birmingham introduces young r …

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The Power of the Pearl Earrings

text by Linda Trinh, illustrated by Clayton Nguyen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: peer pressure, self-esteem & self-reliance, asian american

A charming early chapter book series that explores Vietnamese culture and identity through the eyes of the Nguyen siblings, with elements of the supernatural, spirituality, and social justice woven in.

 

I touch my earrings and feel a rush of wind. I can almost hear Grandma Nội’s laughter through them. 

 

Spontaneous and energetic Liz, the middle N …

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The Secret of the Jade Bangle

by Linda Trinh, illustrated by Clayton Nguyen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: siblings, prejudice & racism, asian american

A charming early chapter book series that explores Vietnamese culture and identity through the eyes of the Nguyen siblings, with elements of the supernatural, spirituality, and social justice woven in. 

I, Anne Nguyen, believe in ghosts. Not the kind of ghosts that hide in dark corners and yell boo! Not scary ghosts, but family ghosts.

Organized and …

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