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An Illustrated Collection of Fairy Tales for Brave Children

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm & Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Scott Plumbe
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 1 to 7
tagged: anthologies

From wicked queens and fearsome beasts to sneaky witches and terrible giants, this stunning collection of darkly magical fairy tales gathers together stories of children who show true courage and face their fears.

Rediscover seven classic emboldening tales – Hansel and Gretel, The Selfish Giant, Beauty and the Beast, The Spirit in the Bottle, Vass …

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Rescue in the Rockies

by Rita Feutl
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: time travel, exploration & discovery

Can 14-year-old Janey disentangle her time-hopping dilemma and save not just her own life, but the past lives of others, before it's too late?

Rescue in the Rockies follows Janey as she is forced to spend the holidays with her grandma - and her grandma's new beau, Charlie, who has invited along his German grandson, Max - in Banff, Alberta. Janey can …

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Hoopers

by Johnny Boateng
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: basketball, boys & men, friendship, values & virtues

Set in Toronto, Hoopers is about a Black youth who wants to live the basketball dream of fame and acclaim. Jojo and his friends know that once they make the Squad, their high-school team, they will have the time of their lives. But their no-nonsense coach is strict, even mean, and seems to repeatedly target Jojo. Emphasizing the real qualities of h …

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Half-Court Trap

by Kevin heronJones
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: basketball, friendship, emotions & feelings, boys & men, self-esteem & self-reliance

The issues of male body image and rivalry come together in Half-Court Trap, set in racially diverse Brampton, Ontario. Thirteen-year-old Nigel is teased and belittled at home because of his weight, so an opposing player’s trash talk enrages him and he vows revenge. When his enemy becomes a teammate, Nigel plots to make him look bad and get him of …

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Bank Shot

by Valerie Pankratz Froese
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: basketball, girls & women, parents, siblings

This girls’ basketball story deals with the conflict between family caregiving responsibilities and extra-curricular sports that some kids, particularly girls, often face. Jo loves playing basketball in gym class, and she is surprised when she makes the school team. Because she has to babysit her younger brother, she’s afraid her mom will make …

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Paddle Battle

by Eric Howling
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: water sports, friendship, environment, parents, emotions & feelings

Set against a backdrop of the threat of wildfires on the west coast, this book looks at the effect changes at home can have on a young athlete’s performance and the emotional support a team can provide. Thirteen-year-old kayaker Finn has been angry and resentful since his mother left the family. In a highly charged emotional state, Finn’s perfo …

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Barefoot Helen and the Giants

read by Andy Jones, director Charlie Tomlinson, producer Chris Brookes, instrumental soloist Christina Smith
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: adaptations, humorous stories, monsters

 

Helen is a fine hand with a slingshot, and more than at home in the woods. After all, she was raised by bears for a time. When she stumbles on the castle of three evil giants, she comes up with the perfect plan to rid the land of them. Well, almost perfect…. The biggest and meanest giant catches her, and forces her to help him kidnap the Princes …

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Linked

by Gordon Korman
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: prejudice & racism, friendship, emotions & feelings

An unforgettable novel from the New York Times bestselling Gordon Korman.

 

 

Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika.

Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing?

Because Micha …

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The Case of the Burgled Bundle

by Michael Hutchinson, read by Kaniehtiio Horn
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: native canadian, mysteries & detective stories

 

The Mighty Muskrats, four cousins from the Windy Lake First Nation, are back for another adventure!

The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats—cousins Chickadee, Atim, Otter, and Sam. But when the treaty bundle, the center of a four-day-long ceremony, is taken, the four …

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Wings of Shadow

by Nicki Pau Preto
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: epic, siblings

In the heart-stopping finale to the Crown of Feathers trilogy, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake calls “absolutely unforgettable,” Veronyka must face her most devastating enemy yet: her own sister.

I had a sister, once…
Veronyka is no longer an orphaned stable boy or a nameless Phoenix Rider apprentice: she is the daugh …