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Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves

narrator Andy Jones
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: adaptations, girls & women

 

Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves finds Jack, that everyman of folktales, married to his sweetheart Mary, the best woman ever born and a mighty fine baker to boot. Their lives are as happy and successful as can be, until an underhanded sea captain and Jack’s own bragging get the better of our hero. Jack is sent the once to work on Slave Islan …

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An Old Man’s Winter Night

Ghostly Tales

narrator Tom Dawe
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: ghost stories, adaptations, paranormal

 

An Old Man’s Winter Night: Ghostly tales is the newest collection of ghost stories by Tom Dawe, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most distinguished writers.

The stories, all based on ones Dawe himself has collected across the province over the years, include tales of visitations both malevolent and benign. There are stories of ghostly galleon …

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I Lost My Talk

by Rita Joe & Pauline Young
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: cultural heritage, native canadian

One of Rita Joe’s most influential poems, “I Lost My Talk” tells the revered Mi’kmaw Elder’s childhood story of losing her language while a resident of the residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. An often quoted piece in this era of truth and reconciliation, Joe’s powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi’kmaw c …

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I'm Finding My Talk

by Rebecca Thomas & Pauline Young
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: native canadian, cultural heritage

A response to Rita Joe’s iconic poem “I Lost My Talk,” and published simultaneously with the new children’s book edition illustrated by Pauline Young, comes a companion picture book by award-winning spoken-word artist and Mi’kmaw activist Rebecca Thomas. A second-generation residential school survivor, Thomas writes this response poem ope …

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Any Questions?

by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: books & libraries, art & architecture, imagination & play

Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.

Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled …

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A Pocket of Time

The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop

by Rita Wilson, illustrated by Emma FitzGerald
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: women, farm & ranch life, literary

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979) grew up to become a famous poet, but before that she was a little girl who lived with her Gammie and Pa in Great Village, Nova Scotia. It was there that Bishop learned to walk, to read, to write, to sing hymns, and to catch bumblebees in foxglove flowers. It was there she first went to school and, when she was five, w …

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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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My Name is Konisola

by Alisa Siegel
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: adoption, girls & women

On a winter night, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother step off a plane in Canada. They are running for their lives. Soon after they land, Konisola’s mother becomes sick, and Konisola is forced to fend for herself. Will she be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee? Or will she and her mother be sent back across the ocean?

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The Case of the Missing Auntie

by Michael Hutchinson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, native canadian

The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee learns about Grandpa’s missing little sister, who was adopted by strangers without her parents’ permission many years ago, the Mighty Muskrats have a new mystery to solve.

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