Holiday Reading List 2016

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has compiled a list of great Canadian books, for kids and teens of all ages, for the 2016 winter holidays. The books featured in this list are starred selections from the Fall 2016 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens. While the CCBC does not sell these items, they can be purchased directly from the online booksellers linked below each book, from your local bookseller or from a wholesaler. Alternatively, you can borrow these titles from your local library.

Interest Level (IL) is listed by age; Reading Level (RL) is listed by grade.

Binding Code:
BD Board | EB eBook | HC Hardcover | HC (jacket) Hardcover with jacket | HC (jacket & PLC) Hardcover with jacket and picture laminated to cover | LIB Reinforced library binding | PB Paperback

Board Books Picture Books Junior & Intermediate Fiction
Young Adult Fiction Graphic Novels Poetry
Biography History, Geography & Culture Myths
Science Sports Magazines

BOARD BOOKS

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One Blue Moose
Written by Troy Townsin
Illustrated by Jeni Matheson
Victoria: Polyglot Publishing, 2016
$14.95 BD 978-1-928131-01-4
24 pages, full-colour, 7″ x 7″
IL: Ages 1-4 RL: Grade 1

Rhyme | Whimsy | Moose | Colours | Numbers

A unique colours-and-counting board book created for early learners. Jeni Matheson’s colourful illustrations combined with Troy Townsin’s catchy prose create a delightful book for preschoolers. Children will love the antics of these colourful moose. Makes a perfect bedtime book as it ends with all the moose snuggled up for a good night’s sleep!

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PICTURE BOOKS

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The Artist and Me
Written by Shane Peacock
Illustrated by Sophie Casson
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2016
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-138-1
40 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Vincent van Gogh | Art | Painting | Bullying | Perspective | Passion

During his life, Vincent van Gogh was mocked for being different. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting. Inspired by these events, this is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a boy who taunts van Gogh until the day he realizes there is more than one way to see the world.

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A Boy Asked the Wind
Written by Barbara Nickel
Illustrated by Gillian Newland
Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2015
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-88995-480-9
40 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Wind | Poetry | Geography | Climate | Natural World

The wind, with its many names, is a powerful, borderless force that whistles and whines, and sings and roars. Follow along with a young boy on an imaginative dance around the world upon the shoulders of the planet’s most celebrated winds — Chinook, Papagayo, Shamal and the Cape Doctor — as they blow across the Earth. An evocative journey around the globe and home again.

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Dragonfly Kites
(Songs of the North Wind Trilogy, Book 2)
Written by Tomson Highway
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Markham, ON: Fifth House Publishers, 2016
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-89725-263-5
32 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 4-9 RL: Grades 1-3

First Nations | Cree First Nation | Natural World | Dragonflies | Imagination | Brothers

Told in English and Cree, this is the story of two brothers spending their summer in northern Manitoba, exploring the world around them. They love inventing toys and naming all manner of things and animals, but best of all is flying their magical dragonfly kites. As they drift off to sleep after a long day, their imaginations continue to soar high above the clouds with the dragonflies. Originally published in 2002, by HarperCollins Publishers, with illustrations by Brian Deines.

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Go Home Bay
Written by Susan Vande Griek
Illustrated by Pascal Milelli
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-701-6
$14.95 EB 978-1-55498-702-3
32 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-4

Tom Thomson | Painting | Summer | Georgian Bay | Natural World

In 1914, Tom Thomson spent the summer at a family cottage on Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, where he taught 10-year-old Helen how to paint. This book imagines that summer through Helen’s eyes, providing an intriguing glimpse into the famous painter’s life. The story, told in lyrical free verse, has a quiet charm, while the illustrations capture the natural beauty that inspired some of Thomson’s most memorable paintings.

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Harry and Walter
Written by Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Toronto: Annick Press, 2016
$21.95 LIB 978-1-55451-802-9
$11.99 EB 978-1-55451-803-6
32 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-6 RL: Grades 2-3

Intergenerational Relationships | Friendship | Moving | Loss

Harry is four and three-quarters and Walter is ninety-two and a half, and the two neighbours are best friends! When a For Sale sign appears on Harry’s lawn, he is devastated. Harry’s new house is nice, but without Walter, nothing is much fun. But one day Harry hears a familiar voice… Walter has moved to a nearby apartment building! Now, Harry and Walter can still be best friends.

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If I Had a Gryphon
Written by Vikki VanSickle
Illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-77049-809-9
32 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-7 RL: Grades 1-2

Pets | Imagination | Mythical Creatures | Verse

Sam’s new pet hamster mostly just eats and sleeps and hides. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam imagines a more exciting pet. But she realizes that gryphons need to fly, unicorns are shy, hippogriffs scare everyone at the dog park, and a dragon is an awful lot of work. Maybe her hamster really is the best pet for her. A nice safe pet… right?

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Malaika’s Costume
Written by Nadia L. Hohn
Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-754-2
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-755-9
32 pages, full-colour, 10 3/8″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Family | Community | Celebrations | Separation | Resourcefulness | Caribbean Culture

It’s the first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to work and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised to send money for a costume, but no money arrives. How will Malaika dance in the parade? Leaving her house in tears, Malaika gets an idea… with her grandmother’s help she creates a rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.

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Maya
Written by Mahak Jain
Illustrated by Elly MacKay
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2016
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-100-8
32 pages, full-colour, 10 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Loss | Fear | Grief | Imagination | Storytelling | Banyan Tree

The electricity in Maya’s house has gone out again. Her fear has been worse since her father died. Maya’s mother tells her a story about how the banyan tree saved the world from the first monsoon by drinking up the flood water. Later, Maya visits the banyan tree in her imagination and discovers not darkness but life, bringing memories of her father that soothe her fear and assuage her grief.

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Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess
Written and illustrated by Janet Hill
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-101-91793-0
48 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 1-3

Dogs | Etiquette | Whimsy

Miss Wilhelmina Moon is a dog governess. Her charges — 67 dogs of all shapes and sizes — run wild. But armed with patience and a passion for teaching, Miss Moon imparts 20 important lessons to her furry brood. Some are practical, some are playful, and all are necessary for the raising of happy, well-mannered dogs (and humans). This title is also available in French as Mademoiselle Moon, gouvernante de chiens.

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The Night Gardener
Written and illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-3978-7
$11.99 EB 978-1-4814-3979-4
44 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 12 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Community | Transformation | Topiaries | Creativity

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, Grimloch Lane is full of colour and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William — and his town — are changed forever.

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The Riddlemaster
Written by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
Vancouver: Tradewind Books, 2016
$19.95 HC 978-1-926890-11-1
32 pages, full-colour, 10 7/8″ x 11 1/2″
IL: Ages 6-8 RL: Grades 3-4

Animals | Riddles | Mystery | Adventure | Stories

Anouk, Ben and Cara dream of a fabulous treasure buried on the golden island across the harbour. A mysterious old man who calls himself the Riddlemaster offers them passage on a ship full of strange beasts. But, in order to be allowed to go ashore on the island, the three friends must solve seven vexing riddles. If they succeed, a magical prize awaits them.

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Tokyo Digs a Garden
Written by Jon-Erik Lappano
Illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016
$18.95 HC 978-1-55498-798-6
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-799-3
32 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-9 RL: Grades 3-4

Cities | Nature | Natural World | Imagination | Gardens | Urban Landscapes

Tokyo lives in a small house that used to overlook forests, meadows and streams. But the city has eaten up the entire natural world. Then an old woman offers Tokyo seeds, telling him they will grow into whatever he wishes. The seeds grow into a lush forest that takes over the whole city, turning it wild, with animals roaming where cars once drove. Can a new way of living be embraced?

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The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”
Written by Jo Ellen Bogart
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-780-1
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-781-8
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 5-8 RL: Grades 2-4

Cats | Monks | Contemplation | Companionship | Patience | Diligence

In this retelling of the classic Old Irish poem, “Pangur Bán,” a monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat Pangur leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

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Who Broke the Teapot?!
Written and illustrated by Bill Slavin
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77049-833-4
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-7 RL: Grades 1-2

Anger | Emotions | Humour | Mystery | Chaos | Verse

Mom is very angry. Her very favourite teapot is broken, and no one is ‘fessing’ up. Was it Dad, sitting in his underwear reading the paper? Was it Cat, who was all tangled up in a ball of yarn? Maybe it was Baby perched in his highchair? Or is there a surprising twist to this mystery that teaches Mom a little lesson in anger management?

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JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE FICTION

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The Biggest Poutine in the World
Written by Andrée Poulin
Illustrated by Marc Serre and Christine Battuz
Translated by Brigitte Waisberg
Toronto: Annick Press, 2016
$18.95 HC 978-1-55451-826-5
$11.95 PB 978-1-55451-825-8
$9.99 EB 978-1-55451-827-2
159 pages, b&w, 5 1/2″ x 8″
IL: Ages 9-11 RL: Grades 4-5

Family | Humour | Friendship | Perseverance | Acceptance | Coming of Age

The last time Thomas saw his mother was on his fifth birthday, when she made him poutine in which she stuck five green candles. On his 12th birthday, Thomas decides to win a Guinness World Record for the biggest poutine in the world, in order to bring his mother back. Will “The Phenomenal Poutine Project” provide the answers Thomas needs? This title is also available in French as La plus grosse poutine du monde.

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Dragons vs. Drones
Written by Wesley King
New York: Razorbill, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-59514-797-4
$11.99 EB 978-0-698-17530-3
283 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 11-13 RL: Grades 6-7

Adventure | Dragons | Fantasy | Technology | Action | Science Fiction

Marcus was just four when his CIA analyst father went missing and was branded a traitor. Eight years later, Marcus breaks a complex code that sends him through a portal into the alternate realm of Dracone… followed by government drones. Marcus meets Dree, a 12-year-old blacksmith, and the two must get help from Dracone’s dragons to stop an all-out war meant to destroy the realm.

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Everyday Hero
Written by Kathleen Cherry
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2016
$9.95 PB 978-1-4598-0982-6
$9.95 EB 978-1-4598-0984-0
157 pages, 5″ x 7 1/2″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Asperger’s Syndrome | Autism | Friendship | Courage | Loyalty | Self-Discovery | Abuse

Nobody at Alice’s new school knows she has Asperger’s. Soon enough, her odd behaviour lands her in detention where she makes an unlikely friend. Alice doesn’t know what to make of Megan, who seems fearless — but also angry or maybe sad. When Megan decides to run away, Alice resolves to help her friend, no matter how many rules she has to break.

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Flickers
Written by Arthur Slade
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44341-665-8
$11.99 EB 978-1-44341-667-2
243 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 11-14 RL: Grades 6-7

Sisters | 1920s | Mystery | Horror | Movies | Alternative Worlds

Orphaned twins Isabelle and Beatrice live in 1920s Hollywood as wards of the mysterious and influential director, Mr. Cecil. Isabelle, a beautiful actress, is starring in the first talking picture — a horror flick showcasing her famous (silent) scream. Curious Beatrice, hidden away because of baldness and birthmarks, discovers Mr. Cecil’s sinister scorpion hornets and learns their guardian has dark designs for the film and her sister.

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Heart of a Champion
Written by Ellen Schwartz
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-77049-880-8
$10.99 EB 978-1-77049-882-2
257 pages, 5 3/8″ x 7 7/8″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

World War II | Japanese Internment | Baseball | Historical Fiction | Courage | Friendship | Canadian History

When war is declared against Japan, everything changes for Kenny and his family. Banished to an isolated internment camp, Kenny’s hopes of becoming a star Asahi baseball player like his brother seem ended. But when he gets permission to turn a vacant lot into a baseball field, the work gives purpose to the long days. Kenny’s persistence, hard work and big dreams shape the teen he is to become.

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Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts
Written by Esta Spalding
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-77049-876-1
$10.99 EB 978-1-77049-877-8
245 pages, b&w, 5 1/2″ x 7 7/8″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Family | Siblings | Humour | Home | Adventure

Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together on a tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go — to school, the laundromat or the drive-in. The Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything… maybe even find a real home.

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Lucky Jonah
Written by Richard Scrimger
Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2016
$14.99 PB 978-1-44341-071-7
$11.99 EB 978-1-44341-073-1
225 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Humour | Secrets | Magic | LGBTQ | Compassion | Identity

Bullied by his brother and living in the shadow of his athletic best friend, Jonah is crippled by self-loathing and insecurity. Then he is given a disposable camera that transports him into someone else’s body — and life! But with only 12 shots and trouble mounting click by click, will Jonah find a new life? Or will the secret he carries follow him wherever he goes?

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OCDaniel
Written by Wesley King
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
$22.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-5531-2
$11.99 EB 978-1-4814-5533-6
292 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder | Mystery | Self-Acceptance | Mental Health | Identity | Friendship | Humour

Thirteen-year-old Daniel — a budding author, friend and second-string football player — is plagued by “Zaps,” triggers such as an unlucky number that compel him to repeat certain actions — rituals that leave him exhausted and positive he is crazy. His life gets weirder when Sara, a selectively mute schoolmate, sends him a mysterious note and draws him into a mystery that just might change everything.

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Prisoner of Warren
Written by Andreas Oertel
Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2016
$14.95 PB 978-1-77108-375-1
$8.99 EB 978-1-77108-376-8
155 pages, 5 1/4″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-7

World War II | Historical Fiction | Prisoners of War | Bullying | Friendship | Coming of Age

When his dad hires a German prisoner of war to help on their farm, 13-year-old Warren is angry. But Martin is not the Nazi Warren anticipated. He decides to take his dead brother’s advice, and learns more from his enemy than he expected. Soon Martin is coaching Warren to become a better sprinter, and when local bullies threaten their lives, Warren and Martin must rely on each other like never before.

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Sea Change
Written and illustrated by Frank Viva
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$21.99 HC 978-1-101-91852-4
115 pages, full-colour, 7″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Coming of Age | Friendship | Graphic Art | Summer Vacation | Bullying | Community

One summer can change your whole life. When school ends, Eliot’s parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Maggots, bullies and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more — a hidden library, starry nights and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth.

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
(The Continuing Adventures of Peter Nimble, Book 2)
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2016
$22.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-670-06773-2
$11.99 EB 978-0-14-319617-4
444 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 5-6

Adventure | Storybooks | Fantasy | Magic

Two years ago, Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. Now they have been summoned for a new mission: find Sophie Quire — 12-year-old bookmender and Storyguard. Sophie repairs old books and also rescues storybooks from Inquisitor Prigg’s pyres, but when Peter and Sir Tode appear with a mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

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YOUNG ADULT FICTON

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Away Running
Written by David Wright and Luc Bouchard
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2016
$14.95 PB 978-1-4598-1046-4
$14.95 EB 978-1-4598-1048-8
297 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Football | Paris | Friendship | Racism | Poverty | Classism

Neither Matt nor Free ever imagined they would be playing American football in Paris with a team from a poverty-stricken suburb called Villeneuve. Nothing in Matt’s privileged Montreal upbringing has prepared him for the racial tensions he encounters. And Free just wants to play football and forget Texas. But tensions boil over, and the boys’ Muslim teammates have a clash with police — with tragic consequences.

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Dan Versus Nature
Written by Dan Calame
Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2016
$20.00 HC (jacket) 978-0-7636-7071-9
375 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grade 8

Humour | Camping | Wilderness | Pranks | Coming of Age

Sixteen-year-old Dan Weekes is being forced to participate in a “survivalist” camping trip in order to “bond” with his mother’s fiancé Hank. Dan and his best friend, Charlie, cook up a series of gross and embarrassing pranks meant to drive Hank away. But their campaign backfires, and Dan ends up enduring everything from food poisoning to poison ivy. Can Dan see his plan through?

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Defender
Written by Graham McNamee
New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2016
$26.99 LIB 978-0-553-49896-7
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-553-49895-0
$12.99 EB 978-0-553-49897-4
227 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Mystery | Family | Secrets | Domestic Abuse | Teen Romance

Tyne Greer, a.k.a. Tiny, is a giant, a high school basketball player living in a rundown building called The Zoo, where her father is the superintendent. Tiny discovers a body stuffed in a wall of the building’s basement, but when her dad goes to look, he tells her that there’s nothing there. Tiny is sure it was real… and her search for answers uncovers a family conspiracy of secrets and lies.

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Written by E.K. Johnston
New York: Dutton Books, 2016
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-101-99458-0
$12.99 EB 978-1-101-99461-0
243 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grade 7

Rape | Friendship | Resilience | Abortion | Loyalty | Healing

Hermione Winters has been a flyer and is captain of her cheerleading team. But this summer’s training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of… she’s not sure what. In a few months, she’ll be a different person and she thinks she is ready. Then, during a camp party, someone slips something into her drink. And it all goes black.

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Fifteen Lanes
Written by S.J. Laidlaw
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-101-91780-0
$10.99 EB 978-1-101-91782-4
300 pages, 5 1/2″ x 7 7/8″
IL: Ages 15 and up RL: Grade 8

Mumbai | India | Poverty | Caste System | Privilege | Choices | Resilience | Prostitution | Friendship | Brutality

Noor has lived all of her 14 years in the 15 lanes of Mumbai’s red-light district. Born into a brothel, she is destined for a lifetime of forced prostitution. Across Mumbai, 15-year-old Grace enjoys an expat’s life of privilege and luxury. But Grace’s life is shattered when she becomes a victim of a cruel prank. When their paths intersect, Noor and Grace will be changed forever.

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Finding Hope
Written by Colleen Nelson
Toronto: Dundurn, 2016
$12.99 PB 978-1-4597-3245-2
$8.99 EB 978-1-4597-3247-6
224 pages, 5″ x 8″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Drug Abuse | Sexual Abuse | Siblings | Family | Bullying

Hope escapes her family and small town by attending Ravenhurst Academy as a boarder. Leaving home means leaving her meth-addicted older brother who needs the money she gives him. As Hope finds new friends and an online boyfriend, Eric’s addiction spirals out of control and he shows up at her school desperate for a fix. Hope discovers that to save her brother, she must first save herself.

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Julia Vanishes
Written by Catherine Egan
Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-385-68465-1
$9.99 EB 978-0-385-68466-8
375 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Fantasy | Magic | Witchcraft | Romance | Mystery | Paranormal

Julia has the ability to be… unseen: just beyond most people’s senses. It’s useful magic for a thief and a spy. Posing as Mrs. Och’s housemaid, Julia learns about the house’s strange residents, and wants to be done with this unnatural job. But she is entangled in a struggle between powerful forces — escape will come at a terrible price.

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Movers
Written by Meaghan McIsaac
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-77049-818-1
$10.99 EB 978-1-77049-820-4
275 pages, 5 3/8″ x 7 7/8″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Fantasy | Science Fiction | Dystopia | Time Travel

Movers like Pat are born with a mental connection to their Shadows: strangers living years in the future. And the future is a terrible place — rife with war, disease, drought and famine. When a ruthless Shadow arrives, intent on changing the present, Pat and his little sister are caught in the crossfire. Pat must turn to some unlikely sources for help. But will it be too late?

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Rebel of the Sands
Written by Alwyn Hamilton
New York: Viking, 2016
$24.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-451-47753-8
$12.99 EB 978-0-698-41042-8
314 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Fantasy | Adventure | Magic | Romance | Steampunk | Wild West | Deserts

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumour has it that djinn still perform magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned or female — Amani Al’Hiza is all three. Desperate to escape Dustwalk, she throws in her lot with Jin, a foreign fugitive, but she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse.

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Save Me, Kurt Cobain
Written by Jenny Manzer
New York: Delacorte Press, 2016
$26.99 LIB 978-0-553-52127-6
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-553-52126-9
$12.99 EB 978-0-553-52128-3
263 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Journeys | Self-Discovery | Music | Friendship | Nirvana | Secrets

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four. When she finds a box of her mother’s old CDs, it plants an idea in her brain that won’t let go. What if Kurt Cobain is still alive and really her father? Nico embarks on a journey of discovery — taking chances and making risky decisions in order to learn the truth about her mother… and herself.

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Shooter
Written by Caroline Pignat
Toronto: Razorbill Canada, 2016
$22.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-14-318757-8
$11.99 EB 978-0-14-319694-5
304 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 7-8

School Life | Suspense | Self-Discovery | School Shootings | Secrets | Collaboration

Five teens end up together in a high school bathroom during a lockdown drill. Telling the story in five unique voices, the students reveal pieces of their true story while they wait for the drill to end… except it isn’t a drill. There is a shooter in the school, and the bathroom doesn’t seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn one of them knows more about the shooter than they realize.

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow
Written by Lena Coakley
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44341-659-7
$11.99 EB 978-1-44341-661-0
342 pages, 6″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Historical Fiction | Fantasy | Escapism | Siblings | Sisters | Brontës | Imagination | Storytelling

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. Their vivid imaginations let them escape from their strict upbringing, transporting them into their created worlds. But as Branwell descends into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters refuse to let them go.

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GRAPHIC NOVELS

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Fluffy Strikes Back
(A P.U.R.S.T. Adventure, Book 1)
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2016
$16.95 HC 978-1-77138-127-7
$8.95 PB 978-1-77138-133-8
$5.99 EB 978-1-77138-684-5
72 pages, full-colour, 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grade 3

Cats | Adventure | Humour | Leadership | Teamwork | Pets | Rescue

Fluffy Vandermere, top cat at P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), works tirelessly to protect the world from alien (a.k.a. bug) domination. Then Fluffy discovers P.U.R.S.T. headquarters itself is under alien attack! Warding off this invasion will require cunning, skill and ingenuity. But Fluffy’s been out of the field for some time now — is he up to the challenge? You bet he is!

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The Nameless City
Written and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
Colour by Jordie Bellaire
New York: First Second, 2016
$24.99 HC 978-1-62672-157-9
$17.50 PB 978-1-62672-156-2
232 pages, full-colour, 6″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grade 3

Loyalty | Friendship | Family | Conquest | Oppression

Every invading nation gives the City a new name. To the citizens, it is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. Kaidu is an outsider, a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. These two unlikely friends will need to stand together — because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.

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Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush
Written by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe
Adapted by Willow Dawson
Illustrated by Selena Goulding
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2016
$22.95 PB 978-1-77260-003-2
142 pages, full-colour, 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grade 7

Susanna Moodie | Upper Canada | Pioneer Life | Resilience | Family | Hardship

Susanna Moodie’s life changed forever when she and her husband left England for the backwoods of Canada in 1832. Unprepared for pioneer life, they soon found themselves starving in the wilderness of Upper Canada. Susanna began publishing her writing to feed and clothe her growing family. The result was her novel Roughing It in the Bush, a fascinating — and often harrowing — record of the struggles of pioneer existence in the 1800s.

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POETRY

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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths
Written by Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Josée Masse
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-8037-3992-5
32 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 8 and up RL: Grade 4

Verse | Greek Mythology | Point of View

There are two sides to every story — especially the Greek myths. In this third collection of reverso poems, Marilyn Singer brings classic myths to life. Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth — Pandora’s box, King Midas and his golden touch, or Icarus and Daedalus — but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view!

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
Written by Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-59643-852-1
56 pages, full-colour, 7 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-4

Verse | Seasons | Natural World | Contemplative

Taking a diary-like approach, poems are offered for different days throughout the year. Verse by verse, day by day, the snow melts, April showers fall, magnolias bloom, berries ripen, warm rivers beckon swimmers, fireflies twinkle, a new school year starts, leaves turn and winter returns. The poems stand on their own as solidly as they connect to each other, inviting multiple readings to experience the details.

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BIOGRAPHY

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Amelia Earhart: Pioneering Aviator and Force for Women’s Rights
(Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies)
Written by Diane Dakers
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2016
$31.19 LIB 978-0-7787-2562-6
$14.95 PB 978-0-7787-2564-0
$46.79 EB 978-1-4271-8092-6
112 pages, b&w, 7 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 11-14 RL: Grade 6

Amelia Earhart | Biography | Women Aviators | Women’s Rights | Aviation

As a girl, Amelia Earhart aspired to a future that would take her beyond the problems of her younger years as well as the restrictions imposed on her because she was female. Celebrated for her long-distance flights, her disappearance during an around-the-world flight in 1937 remains an unsolved mystery. Earhart’s ground-breaking life and career have inspired generations of young people.

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Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni’s Ice Machine
(Great Idea)
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016
$19.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77049-795-5
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Inventions | Frank Zamboni | Determination | Inventors | Skating | Biography

In 1940, Frank Zamboni opened a skating rink, but skaters didn’t like how long it took to resurface the ice. Could a 90-minute job for five men turn into a 10-minute task for only one? For years, Frank worked on his invention until, in 1949, Frank tested the Model A, which “cleaned the ice in one sweep around the rink.” The rest is history.

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HISTORY, GEORGRAPHY & CULTURE

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Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature
Written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Illustrated by Drew Shannon
Toronto: Annick Press, 2016
$24.95 HC 978-1-55451-794-7
$16.95 PB 978-1-55451-793-0
$14.99 EB 978-1-55451-795-4
157 pages, full-colour, 6 1/2″ x 9″
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 5-6

War | Extreme Weather | History | Nature | Geography | Battles | Innovation

Not even the most formidable troops can match the power of nature. In each of these 10 exciting stories about significant battles from ancient times to today, well-armed forces set off to battle human enemies, but instead find themselves fighting the environment. Whether through challenging geography or unexpected climate events, nature’s obstacles have led to crushing defeats, accidental victories and tactical innovation!

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Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community
Written by Robin Stevenson
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2016
$24.95 PB 978-1-4598-0993-2
$24.95 EB 978-1-4598-0995-6
119 pages, full-colour, 7 5/8″ x 9″
IL: Ages 9-13 RL: Grades 6-8

Pride | LGBTQ | Community | Discrimination | Celebrations | Oppression | Diversity | Equality | History

For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world, Pride is both protest and celebration. It’s about embracing diversity, honouring the past and fighting for freedom and equality. There is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?

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That’s Not Fair! Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms
(CitizenKid)
Written by Danielle S. McLaughlin
Illustrated by Dharmali Patel
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2016
$18.95 HC 978-1-77138-208-3
$9.99 EB 978-1-77138-709-5
44 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 7-11 RL: Grades 3-4

Democracy | Rights | Responsibility | Citizenship | Humour | Empathy

Six stories starring Mayor Moe and the councillors of the City provide an accessible exploration of the rights and freedoms of citizens in a democracy. In each story, the councillors are presented with a problem. They address the problem with a new law, only to discover later there were unintended consequences. Each story concludes with a discussion of the rights and freedoms featured in the story, and questions to ponder.

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Vanished: True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Toronto: Annick Press, 2016
$24.95 HC 978-1-55451-818-0
$16.95 PB 978-1-55451-817-3
$14.99 EB 978-1-55451-819-7
184 pages, full-colour, 7 1/2″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Mystery | Disappearances | History | Technology

In her newest book, Elizabeth MacLeod presents six compelling true stories about some of the world’s most bewildering disappearances, such as the three prisoners who escaped Alcatraz prison and the disappearance of the SS Mary Celeste. This irresistible combination of suspense and history also serves as an introduction to the advances in technology that may help to uncover what really happened in each unsolved mystery.

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MYTHS

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Those That Cause Fear
Written by Neil Christopher
Illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok
Iqaluit: Inhabit Media, 2016
$16.95 HC 978-1-77227-085-3
45 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 3-4

Arctic | Inuit Mythology | Monsters

This book introduces kids to the spine-tingling, hair-raising creatures found in Inuit myths. From the mahahaa, a fearsome creature that tickles people to death, to the palraijuq, a reptilian creature said to have six legs and the body of a snake, this book introduces kids to all the creepy, spooky and downright scary creatures that populate Inuit traditional myths.

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SCIENCE

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Be a Pond Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Lakes, Swamps, and Pools
Written and illustrated by Peggy Kochanoff
Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2016
$14.95 PB 978-1-77108-394-2
39 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 5-11 RL: Grade 3

Ponds | Natural World | Pond Life | Wildlife

Do dragonflies bite? What is the difference between a frog and a toad? Are leeches dangerous? Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving pond mysteries, taking young readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour of life in and around a freshwater pond. Discover the answers to fascinating nature mysteries!

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Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet
(Orca Footprints)
Written by Nikki Tate
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2016
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-0582-8
$19.95 EB 978-1-4598-0584-2
47 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grade 4

Trees | Ecosystems | Climate Change | Forest Ecology | Global Environment

Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. This informative book celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. From making rain to producing fruit and feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Explore the many ways trees keep our planet healthy and livable.

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Do Fish Fart? Answers to Kids’ Questions About Lakes
Written by Keltie Thomas
Illustrated by Deryk Ouseley
Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2016
$19.95 HC 978-1-77085-728-5
$9.95 PB 978-1-77085-727-8
47 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 9″
IL: Ages 7-14 RL: Grade 3

Lakes | Ecology | Pollution | Watersheds | Wildlife | Urban Development

This collection of questions and answers about our lakes and freshwater systems is sure to fascinate and inform readers of all ages. Loaded with illustrations and photographs, this book answers questions submitted by kids about freshwater lakes and watersheds. The author tackles ecology, urban planning, fish and animals, and geography. The book also answers questions about what it will take to keep our rivers and lakes clean.

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My Book of Birds
Written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016
$24.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-800-6
$19.95 EB 978-1-55498-801-3
60 pages, full-colour, 9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
IL: Ages 4-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Birds | Habitats | Collage Art | Animals

Geraldo Valério is an artist who loves birds, from majestic golden eagles and snowy owls to brilliant cardinals and jays to the tiniest of hummingbirds. Here he presents his favourites, with beautiful collage illustrations and brief descriptions that highlight intriguing facts about each one. This book shares his passion for birds, inspiring young readers with their beauty and the excitement of discovery.

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My House Is Alive! The Weird and Wonderful Sounds Your House Makes
Written and illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2016
$17.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-136-7
40 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-9 RL: Grade 3

Houses | Science | Humour | Sounds | Imagination

What’s that sound? Starting with a simple question, this book takes readers on a tour of the basic inner workings of a house and explains the scientific reason for the knocks, thumps, bangs and booms we hear. Scot Ritchie’s explanations of scientific ideas are accessible through text and illustration in this imaginative informational picture book that will dispel fears about scary noises and satisfy scientific curiosity.

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Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals
(The World of Weird Animals)
Written by Jess Keating
Illustrated by David DeGrand
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
$25.99 LIB 978-0-553-51228-1
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-553-51227-4
$11.99 EB 978-0-553-51229-8
44 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-12 RL: Grade 4

Animals | Pink | Zoology | Wildlife

Pinkalicious meets National Geographic in this non-fiction picture book introducing the weirdest, pinkest critters in the animal kingdom! Sure, pink is a fluffy, sparkly colour, the colour of princesses and bubblegum, but it’s also the colour of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish! Isn’t it about time to rethink pink?

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Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure
Written by Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman
Illustrated by Ben Newman
London, UK: Flying Eye Books, 2016
$35.50 HC 978-1-909263-60-4
67 pages, full-colour, 11 5/8″ x 11 5/8″
IL: Ages 7-14 RL: Grade 3

Physics | Science | History | Humour | Experiments | Math

Switch your brain to stun and hold on tight because our trusty feline teacher, Professor Astro Cat, is ready to take you on a journey through the incredible world of physics. In this brilliant follow-up to Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, learn about energy, forces and the building blocks of you, me and the universe!

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Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration
Written by Antonia Banyard and Paula Ayer
Illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
Toronto: Annick Press, 2016
$22.95 HC 978-1-55451-822-7
$14.95 PB 978-1-55451-821-0
$14.99 EB 978-1-55451-823-4
60 pages, full-colour, 8 1/2″ x 11″
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grade 4

Science | Environment | Water | Nature | Conservation

Where did water come from before it got to Earth? Is the water you drink the same stuff that was around when dinosaurs were alive? If water can’t be created or destroyed, how can we run out? What are water footprints? Find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions in this appealing visual exploration of an important topic.

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Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Kathy Boake
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2016
$17.95 HC 978-1-77147-105-3
33 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 7-12 RL: Grade 3

Zoos | Aquariums | Animal Nutrition | Humour | Animals | Conservation

Covering everything from animal nutrition, to feeding zoo babies, to mimicking how animals hunt and eat in the wild, this informative, humorous, cookbook-style primer is packed with zoo-food facts from experts at zoos and aquariums! Readers will also find real-life recipes from zoos around the world for meals like eucalyptus-leaf pesto, kelp tank goulash and mealworm mush! Beware! Don’t try these at home!

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SPORTS

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Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports
Written by Simon Shapiro
Illustrated by Theo Krynauw and Warwick Goldswain
Toronto: Annick Press, 2016
$22.95 HC 978-1-55451-814-2
$14.95 PB 978-1-55451-813-5
$14.99 EB 978-1-55451-815-9
120 pages, full-colour, 7 1/2″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 11 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Sports | Science | Technology | Inventions

Discover the hard science and bright ideas behind many inventions and improvements in sports, from swimming and soccer to skateboarding and wheelchair sports. Learn how the aluminum bat changed baseball, how a slapshot works and what’s involved in bending a ball like Beckham. Other topics explored are diversity, disability and women in sport. Entertaining, informative and visual, this book will introduce scientific concepts to kids who love sports.

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MAGAZINES

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chickaDEE
Toronto: Owlkids
www.owlkids.com/chickaDEE $5.25/issue
$34.95 one-year subscription (10 issues)
ISSN 0707-4611
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: —

Science | Stories | Natural World | Humour | Activities

This fun-filled magazine satisfies its young readers’ insatiable thirst for knowledge and appetite for humour while acknowledging the growing independence of primary-aged children. Each month, this child-friendly magazine features interactive stories, puzzles, animal facts, unique crafts, engaging fiction and science experiments that provide hours of enjoyment, whether read alone or with the help of an adult.

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Chirp
Toronto: Owlkids
www.owlkids.com/chirp $5.25/issue
$34.95 one-year subscription (10 issues)
ISSN 1206-4580
IL: Ages 3-6 RL: —

Preschool Activities | Crafts | Reading Skills | Animals | Humour

This magazine, designed for the youngest readers, is packed with stories, comics and activities designed to inspire laughter and a love of learning. Youngsters follow the adventures of the curious chick, Chirp, as he encourages them to play, imagine and explore their world. Illustrations and stories by some of North America’s most talented authors and artists entertain and engage children preparing to read on their own.

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OWL
Toronto: Owlkids
www.owlkids.com/OWL $5.25/issue
$34.95 one-year subscription (10 issues)
ISSN 0382-6627
IL: Ages 9-13 RL: —

Science | Technology | Pop Culture | Environment | Stories | Activities

Featuring everything from sports to technology, pop culture to peer relations, this is an entertaining, informative, challenging and inspiring magazine for preteens. Kids will look forward to regular instalments of “Max Finder Mystery” and “Alex and Charlie” comics, “The Weird Zone” and “Curious Connections.” Every issue is packed with puzzles, quizzes and activities as well as what’s new and hot in books, tech and video games!