Holiday Reading List 2018

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has compiled a list of great Canadian books, for kids and teens of all ages, for the 2018 winter holidays. The books featured in this list are starred selections from the Fall 2018 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 Early Chapter Books
Junior & Intermediate Fiction Young Adult Fiction Graphic Novels
History, Geography & Culture Science

 

BOARD BOOKS

Good Night, Good Night
Written by Dennis Lee
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
$12.99 BD 978-1-44341-165-3
$9.99 EB 978-1-44345-449-0
26 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 8″
IL: Ages 0-3  RL: Grades 2-3

This board book brings together a collection of some of Dennis Lee’s best-loved poems on the themes of bedtime and dreaming, brought to life by the warm and whimsical art of award-winning illustrator Qin Leng. The watercolour illustrations tell a continuous story that weaves the six separate poems together. A perfect nighttime read-aloud for the very young.

Bedtime | Poetry | Natural World | Animals | Whimsy

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One Eagle Soaring
(A First West Coast Book)
Written by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
Illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2018
$9.95 BD 978-1-55017-828-9
18 pages, full-colour, 6″ x 6″
IL: Ages 0-3  RL: Grades 1-2

This first numbers book explores counting and numbers with the help of West Coast animals — from a single eagle aloft, to 10 owls hooting themselves to sleep. Combining Roy Henry Vickers’ vivid illustrations, a glossy tactile finish and a simple, yet catchy, text, this sturdy board book introduces babies and toddlers to numbers, counting and the wildlife of British Columbia.

Numbers | Numeracy | Counting | British Columbia | Wildlife

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Who Can?
Written by Charles Ghigna
Illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$9.95 BD 978-1-4598-1369-4
$4.99 EB 978-1-4598-1371-7
24 pages, full-colour, 7″ x 7″
IL: Ages 0-3  RL: Grades 1-2

Rollicking riddles and rhymes lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what’s coming next, and rhythm and repetition encourage early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen’s colourful art and Charles Ghigna’s whimsical words.

Rhyme | Hint and Reveal | Animals | Riddles

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Will Bear Share?
Written and illustrated by Hilary Leung
New York: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic, 2018
$10.99 BD 978-1-338-21559-5
38 pages, full-colour, 6 1/2″ x 7 3/8″
IL: Ages 0-3  RL: Grades 1-2

Two friends. One ice cream cone. One timeless question… Meet Bear. Bear has so much to give… but will she share? Find out in this story about friendship, compromise and the rewards of sharing. A fresh and funny book in a new series of animal-question stories that will keep readers laughing… and sharing (when it’s appropriate).

Sharing | Friendship | Cooperation | Animals

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Will Sheep Sleep?
Written and illustrated by Hilary Leung
New York: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic, 2018
$10.99 BD 978-1-338-21562-5
38 pages, full-colour, 6 1/2″ x 7 3/8″
IL: Ages 0-3  RL: Grades 1-2

Meet Sheep. Sheep is tired after a busy day… but will he go to bed? Sheep’s friends all try to help Sheep to fall asleep in this endearing story about friendship and bedtime routines. A funny book in a new series of animal-question stories that will keep readers laughing… all the way to bed.

Humour | Animals | Bedtime | Friendship

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PICTURE BOOKS

The Better Tree Fort
Written by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018
$17.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-863-1
$14.95 EB 978-1-55498-864-8
32 pages, full-colour, 7 3/4″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 4-7  RL: Grades 2-3

Russell asks his father to build a tree fort. His dad doesn’t know much about building, but together they build a perfect tree fort… until Russell notices a tree ‘castle’ going up across the street! Russell is in awe until he realizes that it’s not about who has the better tree fort, it’s about having a loving dad to build one with him.

Father-Son Relationships | Love | Tree Forts

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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2018
$21.00 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-101-91856-2
$9.99 EB 978-1-101-91858-6
40 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 11 1/2″
IL: Ages 7-9  RL: Grades 4-5

Iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s motto was “dare to be different” and she was. She let nerve and imagination defy critics and doubts! As a little girl in Rome, her own mamma called her brutta. Ugly. So, Elsa decided to seek out beauty around her, and she found it everywhere — then used art and her imagination to make creative, marvellous fashion.

Elsa Schiaparelli | Fashion | Design | Creativity | Imagination | Self-Expression | Biography

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The Boy and the Blue Moon
Written by Sara O’Leary
Illustrated by Ashley Crowley
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018
$23.50 HC (jacket) 978-1-62779-774-0
$10.99 EB 978-1-250-30479-7
36 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 9 3/8″
IL: Ages 4-8  RL: Grades 2-3

When there’s a blue moon, magical things can happen! On the night of a blue moon, a boy and his cat set out for a walk and find themselves on an enchanted adventure. They are carried to the blue moon, but the blue planet, Earth, calls the explorers home. Safely back in bed, the boy wonders — was it only a dream?

Imagination | Dreams | Adventure | Moon

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The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs
Written by Kate Messner
Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2018
$24.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4521-3350-8
$14.99 EB 978-1-4521-5790-0
48 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 6-8  RL: Grade 3

It only takes one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing effort to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs is the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. This book is a tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.

Coral Reefs | Marine Life | Hope | Ingenuity | Ken Nedimyer | Biography

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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018
$23.50 HC (jacket) 978-1-250-13752-4
$10.99 EB 978-1-250-20805-7
36 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-9  RL: Grades 3-4

This is the inspirational story of Katherine Johnson, a mathematician hired by NASA during the space race who calculated the flight path for NASA’s first Apollo moon landing, and whose flight-path-trajectory calculations brought Apollo 13’s crew safely back home after an explosion threw them off course. Katherine was a groundbreaking African-American woman whose contributions were crucial to America’s space program.

Katherine Johnson | Mathematicians | Space Race | American History | Equality | Biography

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The Funeral
Written and illustrated by Matt James
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018
$18.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-55498-908-9
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-909-6
40 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 12 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-7  RL: Grades 2-3

Norma is more excited than sad to be going to her great-uncle Frank’s funeral because she will get to play with her favourite cousin, Ray. But at the church, Norma is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, Norma is certain of one thing — great-uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral.

Funerals | Remembrance | Family | Contemplation | Play | Loss | Rituals

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Little Brothers & Little Sisters
Written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2018
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-295-1
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-7  RL: Grades 2-3

Little sisters and little brothers all want the same things: a turn to play, a place on the team, a chance to shine… But also, a helping hand, a partner in crime and a friend for life. This uplifting picture book explores the good, the bad and the lovely of having — and being — a sibling. This title is also available in French as Petits frères et petites soeurs.

Siblings | Love | Family

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The Magician’s Secret
Written by Zachary Hyman
Illustrated by Joe Bluhm
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2018
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77049-894-5
$10.99 EB 978-1-77049-896-9
40 pages, full-colour, 10 3/8″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-8  RL: Grades 2-3

What Charlie loves most about his grandfather are the wonderful stories he tells, which always begin with an object his grandfather pulls from his magic story trunk. But when his dad warns him not to believe his grandpa’s ‘tall tales,’ Charlie doesn’t know what to think. Can his grandpa convince him that all you need is to believe and a dream can become real?

Imagination | Storytelling | Intergenerational Relationships | Dreams | Believing

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Ocean Meets Sky
Written and illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-7037-7
$14.99 EB 978-1-4814-7038-4
44 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8  RL: Grades 2-3

Finn remembers the stories his grandfather told him about a place where the ocean meets the sky — where whales soar and castles float. Now that his grandfather is gone, Finn decides to honour him by building his own ship and sailing out to find this magical place! And, maybe, he’ll find something he didn’t know he was looking for.

Imagination | Fantastical | Journeys | Adventure | Intergenerational Relationships | Loss

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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
Written by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Qin Leng
New York: Balzer & Bray, 2018
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-06-237330-4
40 pages, full-colour, 7 3/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8  RL: Grades 2-3

Before Jane Austen became one of our greatest writers, she was just an ordinary girl. Shy, quiet Jane was a great observer of all the things people around her did and said. She also loved to read and create her own stories. Jane invented an entirely new kind of novel — she wrote about the ordinary world in the most extraordinary way!

Jane Austen | Biography | Girl Empowerment | Writing | Perseverance

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Poetree
Written by Caroline Pignat
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2018
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-88995-492-2
32 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-8  RL: Grades 2-3

From sprouting seeds and buzzing bees to autumn art and winter white, there is a time and purpose for every season. This poetic ode to the wonders of each season and the beauty of the natural world is a visual and lyrical feast. Acrostic poetry and richly detailed illustrations will delight readers young and old.

Seasons | Poetry | Natural World | Imagination | Life Cycles

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Red Sky at Night
Written and illustrated by Elly MacKay
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2018
$21.99 HC 978-1-101-91783-1
$10.99 EB 978-1-101-91785-5
40 pages, full-colour, 11 3/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-7  RL: Grades 2-3

“Evening red and morning gray, two sure signs of one fine day.” Perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip. But the next day… “red sky in the morning, sailors take warning!” The three return home in time to avoid a rainstorm. But not to worry — the more rain, the more rest.

Weather | Folklore | Proverbs | Natural World | Intergenerational Relationships | Fishing | Nature

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Square
Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2018
$21.99 HC 978-0-7636-9607-8
40 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 9″
IL: Ages 5-9  RL: Grades 2-3

This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? This is the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle, Square and Circle.

Humour | Shapes | Friendship | Expectations | Art | Anxiety

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They Say Blue
Written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018
$19.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77306-020-0
$16.95 EB 978-1-77306-188-7
40 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-7  RL: Grades 1-2

This book follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one.

Imagination | Colour | Seasons | Natural World | Perception

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Wallpaper
Storyline and illustrations by Thao Lam
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2018
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-283-8
32 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 4-7  RL: —

This exquisitely illustrated, wordless picture book tells the story of a young girl who is too shy to say hello to the kids outside her new house. So, she picks at the old wallpaper in her room — revealing an entry way to a fantastic imaginary adventure world. When she comes back to reality, the girl finds the courage to approach the other kids.

Courage | Monsters | Shyness | Friendship | Fantastical | Imagination | Moving

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We Are Brothers
Written by Yves Nadon
Illustrated by Jean Claverie
Mankato, MN: Creative Editions, 2018
$26.50 HC (jacket) 978-1-56846-292-9
32 pages, full-colour, 7 5/8″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 6 and up  RL: Grades 2-3

Every summer, two brothers swim to the rock, and one jumps off. But, this summer, it’s time for both of them to take the leap. In this moving story, a younger brother discovers newfound courage and joy, thanks to the support of his older brother — and his own imagination. This title is also available in French as Mon frère et moi.

Fear | Courage | Brothers | Imagination | Summer | Traditions

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The Word Collector
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
New York: Orchard Books/Scholastic, 2018
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-545-86502-9
$19.99 EB 978-1-338-25717-5
36 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 4-8  RL: Grades 2-3

Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats and multi-syllable words that sound like little songs. This uplifting picture book is a celebration of words that connect, transform and empower, and of finding and sharing one’s own words. This title is also available in French as Le collectionneur de mots.

Words | Empowerment | Sharing | Diversity | Self-Expression

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EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS

Where’s Burgess?
(Orca Echoes)
Written by Laurie Elmquist
Illustrated by David Parkins
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$6.95 PB 978-1-4598-1478-3
$4.99 EB 978-1-4598-1480-6
80 pages, b&w, 5 1/4″ x 7 5/8″
IL: Ages 6-9  RL: Grades 2-3

Reece is missing both his father and his frog. His parents are newly separated, and now his pet frog has escaped. Reece puts posters up, but frogs are difficult to find. Through a new friendship and a camping trip with his mom, Reece learns that friends can come in human form and families are resilient — even when things change.

Family | Divorce | Separation | Friendship | Change | Growing Up

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JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE FICTION

Don’t Tell the Enemy
Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2018
$8.99 PB 978-1-4431-2839-1
$8.99 EB 978-1-4431-2840-7
184 pages, 5″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 11-14  RL: Grade 6

War is raging around Krytia’s town in Ukraine. Family members have died at the hands of Soviet and Nazi invaders. Now her Jewish friends face starvation in the ghetto, or death in the camps… unless she can help them. Inspired by the true story of Kateryna Sikorska and her daughter Krystia, who hid three Jewish friends under their kitchen floor during the Holocaust.

Historical Fiction | Ukraine | World War II | Atrocities | Fear | Resistance | Courage | Holocaust

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The Frame-Up
Written by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
New York: Greenwillow Books, 2018
$21.00 HC (jacket) 978-0-06-266830-1
$8.99 EB 978-0-06-266832-5
374 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 9-14  RL: Grade 5

Mona Dunn, forever frozen at 13 when her portrait was painted, has broken the golden rule at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery — don’t let anyone know the paintings are alive. Twelve-year-old Sargent catches her sticking out her tongue at obnoxious students and discovers a secret world he never dreamed existed. Friendship blossoms and together Mona and Sargent uncover nefarious plots and thwart would-be art thieves!

Fantasy | Friendship | Mystery | Intrigue | Divorce | Father-Son Relationships | Art

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The Journey of Little Charlie
Written by Christopher Paul Curtis
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2018
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4431-4263-2
$18.99 EB 978-1-338-16400-8
234 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grade 6

After his father dies, 12-year-old Charlie finds himself owing money to the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina. He agrees to clear the debt by helping track down some stolen property. When he comes face-to-face with the ‘property’ and discovers their true identities, he is torn between his conscience and his survival instinct.

Historical Fiction | Slavery | Racism | Prejudice | Courage | Loss | Choices

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Missing Mike
Written by Shari Green
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2018
$18.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77278-045-1
247 pages, 6 1/8″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 9-12  RL: Grade 4

Mike is 11-year-old Cara’s dog, and they love each other absolutely. But on the day Cara and her family are forced to flee a wildfire, Mike runs off — and Cara must leave him behind. Faced with the loss of everything she knows, Cara won’t lose Mike. She will do what it takes to find him, even if it means going back home alone.

Loss | Love | Dogs | Home | Family | Hope | Wildfires | Novels in Verse

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A Possibility of Whales
Written by Karen Rivers
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Young Readers, 2018
$22.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-61620-723-6
$20.95 EB 978-1-61620-831-8
281 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-13  RL: Grades 5-6

Nat is a person who loves possibilities — the possibility of seeing whales, of a new best friend, of not having to move again and, most of all, the possibility that her mother, who left when Nat was a baby, loves her and is waiting for Nat to find her. Nat knows she shouldn’t need a mom, but she still feels like something is missing.

Family | Self-Discovery | Whales | Friendship | LGBTQ | Transgender | Coming of Age

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Rooster Summer
Written by Robert Heidbreder
Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018
$16.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-55498-931-7
$14.95 EB 978-1-55498-932-4
63 pages, full-colour, 6″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 7-10  RL: Grades 2-3

For the siblings in this novel-in-verse, each summer day on their grandparents’ farm begins with a barnyard wake-up call. The children’s adventures happen in the company of Rexster the rooster, Seed-Sack the mule and Ginger-Tea the farm dog — animal friends that will steal readers’ hearts. Irresistible poems about the simple joys of summer.

Intergenerational Relationships | Farm Life | Siblings | Farm Animals | Novels in Verse

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The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray
Written by E. Latimer
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2018
$21.00 HC (jacket) 978-1-101-91928-6
$9.99 EB 978-1-101-91929-3
322 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grades 5-6

Bryony Gray is becoming a famous painter in London art circles. But her aunt and uncle keep her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for their rich clients. But now her paintings are taking on a frightening life of their own, and customers are going missing under mysterious circumstances. It seems Bryony has unleashed a family curse… and it’s spreading fast.

Victorian London | Curses | Horror | Adventure | Friendship | Artists

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Terra Nova
(A Molly Stout Adventure, Book 2)
Written by Shane Arbuthnott
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$10.95 PB 978-1-4598-1444-8
$8.99 EB 978-1-4598-1446-2
278 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 11-13  RL: Grade 6

Terra Nova was founded on the lie that the spirits are evil and must be captured for the safety of humanity. But Molly knows the truth and has been fighting to free the enslaved spirits. As Haviland Industries and the authorities of Terra Nova tighten their nets around Molly, she questions whether her rebellion puts people and spirits at risk.

Strong Female Characters | Fantasy | Courage | Family | Steampunk | Spirits | Rebellion

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The Whirlpool
Written by Laurel Croza
Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018
$16.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77306-032-3
$14.95 EB 978-1-77306-033-0
91 pages, b&w, 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grades 5-6

In this collection of seven short stories about the whirlpool of adolescence, five teenagers, a doll and a squirrel break out of the expectations placed upon them. Jaz endures the rumours at school about what happened to her last summer; the Oh! So Perfect Hair Dolly wishes for just the right child to take her home; a squirrel ruminates on life and death…

Short Stories | High School Life | Expectations | Family | Hope | Belonging

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Along the Indigo
Written by Elsie Chapman
New York: Amulet Books, 2018
$22.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4197-2531-9
$22.99 EB 978-1-6833-5096-5
383 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 8-9

The town of Glory is famous for seedy businesses and suicides along the Indigo River. Marsden, desperate to escape her predestined fate, needs money and ends up skimming the bodies that appear along the Indigo. There she meets Jude and, as they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward… or chain them to the Indigo forever.

Secrets | Suicide | Prostitution | Family | Mystery | Romance

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Catching the Light
Written by Susan Sinnott
Halifax: Vagrant Press, 2018
$21.95 PB 978-1-77108-596-0
$10.99 EB 978-1-77108-597-7
270 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 15 and up  RL: Grades 9-10

Cathy is a talented young artist growing up in tiny Mariners Cove, yearning for acceptance. Her struggle with literacy is impeding her dream of enrolling in art school. Hutch is everything Cathy is not: charismatic, popular, smart. But, one icy evening, his world is upended and his plans for the future are swept away. A story of the power of human connection and overcoming circumstances.

Community | Trust | Social Outcast | Newfoundland | Personal Journeys

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Cross Fire
Written by Fonda Lee
New York: Scholastic Press, 2018
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-338-13909-9
$19.99 EB 978-1-338-13910-5
376 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up  RL: Grades 7-8

Earth’s century of peace as a colony of an alien race is over. The Zhree are withdrawing from Earth — leaving the planet vulnerable to more hostile alien invaders. As a galactic invasion threatens, Donovan realizes that Sapience holds the key that could stop the impending war. Now he must convince all species on Earth to unite and save their world together.

Science Fiction | Colonialism | Loyalty | Action | Adventure

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The Discovery of Flight
(Inanna Young Feminist Series)
Written by Susan Glickman
Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2018
$19.95 PB 978-1-77133-513-3
$11.99 EB 978-1-77133-514-0
181 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up  RL: Grades 7-8

Libby, 16, has cerebral palsy and communicates with assistive technology. As her disease worsens, she focuses her limited strength on writing a fantasy novel, a gift for her sister Sophie’s 13th birthday. Interwoven with Libby’s novel is Sophie’s journal, which chronicles her family’s life and maps the progress of Libby’s illness. This moving story is a testament to the transformative power of love.

Cerebral Palsy | Sisters | Fantasy | Love | Imagination | Family

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Fire Song
Written by Adam Garnet Jones
Toronto: Annick Press, 2018
$18.95 HC 978-1-55451-978-1
$12.95 PB 978-1-55451-977-4
$11.99 EB 978-1-55451-979-8
230 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 8-9

Shane is reeling from his sister’s suicide, but he can’t turn to his friend David for comfort because they must hide their relationship from everyone on the rez. His mother’s grief and David’s refusal to move to the city threaten his dream of going away to university. But when another tragedy strikes, Shane and David have to make difficult choices about their future together.

Indigenous Youth | Reserve Life | Grief | Loss | LGBTQ | Suicide | Two Spirited | Love | Community

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A Girl Like That
Written by Tanaz Bhathena
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018
$23.50 HC (jacket) 978-0-374-30544-4
$10.99 EB 978-0-374-30545-1
378 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 9-10

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is a bright student, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids about. But 18-year-old Porus Dumasia only ever had eyes for her. So how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car crash? As Zarin’s story is pieced together, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

Saudi Arabia | Love | Identity | Religion | Rape Culture | Self-Awareness | Shame | Sexual Abuse

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Here So Far Away
Written by Hadley Dyer
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44345-119-2
$11.99 EB 978-1-44345-121-5
358 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 15 and up  RL: Grades 8-9

Between an irreparable fight with her best friend and financial problems at home, George’s senior year at high school is not what she had envisioned. Then she meets an older guy, Francis, and with him she falls hard and recklessly in love… until she nearly loses everything, including herself, in secret and utterly alone. A story of finding love — and the road back from unthinkable loss.

Friendship | Secrets | Family | Love Affairs | Isolation | Relationships

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Hero at the Fall
(Rebel of the Sands, Book 3)
Written by Alwyn Hamilton
New York: Viking, 2018
$24.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-451-47786-6
$11.99 EB 978-0-698-41171-5
452 pages, 6″ x 8 5/8″
IL: Ages 13 and up  RL: Grades 8-9

Amani Al-Hiza was a rebel in her small town, a traitor in the Sultan’s castle, and now she must be the hero her country needs — but Amani questions whether she can be the leader of the rebels or if she is leading them all to their deaths. And in the war that has torn her and Jin apart, can love prove more powerful than death?

Fantasy | Adventure | Magic | Romance | Rebellion | War | Strong Female Characters | Sacrifice

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Learning to Breathe
Written by Janice Lynn Mather
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-5344-0601-8
$11.99 EB 978-1-5344-0603-2
328 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 9-10

Sixteen-year-old Indy has tried to live by her Grammy’s rules, but her relatives in Nassau have already labelled her trouble — she just can’t escape her mother’s reputation. Now she is hiding an unwanted pregnancy, looking for a safe place to call home. What Indy discovers is that home is not just four walls and a roof — it’s about the people she shares it with.

Family | Choices | Secrets | Identity | Rape | Coming of Age | Shame | Teen Pregnancy

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner
Written by Lianna Oelke
Boston: Clarion Books, 2018
$24.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-544-86785-7
$22.49 EB 978-1-328-82884-2
420 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 9-10

Expelled from high school, Jane Sinner grudgingly enrolls in community college; the situation is made better when she signs up to be on House of Orange, a student-run reality show that provides cheap housing, the chance to win a car, and an opportunity to reinvent herself. Jane’s going to prove to the world — or at least viewers of substandard TV — that she has what it takes to win.

Humour | Reality Television | Social Media | Mental Health | Friendship | Self-Discovery

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Ophelia
Written by Charlotte Gingras
Illustrated by Daniel Sylvestre
Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018
$18.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77306-099-6
$16.95 EB 978-1-77306-100-9
260 pages, b&w, 6″ x 8″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 9-10

The kids at school call her “rag girl” because she hides under layers of oversized clothing, but she calls herself Ophelia. One night, Ophelia finds an abandoned warehouse and claims it for her own — a space to make her larger-than-life art. When she discovers that a classmate is also using the building, the two form an uneasy truce. This title is also available in French as Ophélie.

Art | Writing | First Love | Courage | Self-Acceptance | Friendship | Sexuality

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This Book Betrays My Brother
Written by Kagiso Lesego Molope
Toronto: Mawenzi House Publishers, 2018
$18.95 PB 978-1-988449-29-6
$9.99 EB 978-1-988449-30-2
187 pages, 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 14 and up  RL: Grades 10-11

All her life, 13-year-old Naledi has been in awe of Basi, her charming and outgoing older brother. Then she sees Basi commit a horrific act that violates everything she believes about him. For Naledi, caught in a web of both family and communal loyalties and of cultural traditions and taboos, there are no simple answers. How will she live her life now?

South Africa | Siblings | Identity | Betrayal | Sexism | Poverty | Rape Culture | Racism | Loyalty

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A Time to Run: Stuart & Sam
(One-2-One, Book 4)
Written by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Aurora, ON: Clockwise Press, 2018
$12.95 PB 978-1-988347-09-7
$8.99 EB 978-1-988347-10-3
203 pages, 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up  RL: Grades 6-7

Stuart, born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, can run like the wind. Sam was a basketball star destined to play varsity… until he’s sidelined by a dangerous heart condition. Now Sam is helping Stuart, his best Buddy, make the school track and field team. They both come to understand that there is a time to run and a time to stay where they belong.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | Friendship | Determination | Challenges | Intellectual Disabilities | Family

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GRAPHIC NOVELS

How to Spot a Sasquatch
Written by J. Torres
Illustrated by Aurélie Grand
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2018
$17.95 HC 978-1-77147-277-7
62 pages, full-colour, 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 7-10  RL: Grades 2-3

On a camping trip with the Junior Rangers, Jay is determined to get a photo of Bigfoot. His friends don’t believe in Bigfoot, but then who made the giant footprint? And who is stealing all the snacks? Meanwhile, Sass the Sasquatch and her forest friends play jokes on the campers, until disaster strikes and Sass must save Jay!

Friendship | Adventure | Camping | Pranks | Humour | Sasquatches

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The Mushroom Fan Club
Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel
Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2018
$19.95 HC 978-1-77046-322-6
56 pages, full-colour, 6 5/8″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-11  RL: Grades 2-3

Elise Gravel takes readers on a magical tour of the forest floor and examines a handful of her favourite alien specimens up close. From the fun-to-stomp puffballs to the prince of the stinkers, the stinkhorn mushroom, Gravel shares her knowledge of fungi by bringing each species to life in full felt-tip-marker glory. This title is also available in French as Le Fan club des champignons.

Mushrooms | Natural World | Nature | Observation

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Nick the Sidekick
Written and illustrated by Dave Whamond
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2018
$15.99 HC 978-1-77138-355-4
$5.99 EB 978-1-5253-0071-4
48 pages, full-colour, 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 6-9  RL: Grades 2-3

When Nick is recruited by Super Fantastic Guy to be a sidekick (Nick prefers ‘superhero assistant’), he is excited to use his powers for good. But Nick soon discovers that being a superpower assistant means that he does all the work and gets none of the credit. Will Nick ever get the chance to be a true superhero and save the day?

Superheroes | Crime Fighting | Humour | Perseverance | Respect

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Olga: We’re Out of Here!
Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
$15.99 HC 978-0-06-235129-6
$6.99 EB 978-0-06-235131-9
186 pages, two-colour, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 8-12  RL: Grades 3-4

Olga, the animal-loving girl scientist, returns in her second adventure! Olga is tired of annoying humans and wants to leave earth in search of Meh’s home planet. But her trip to outer space is postponed when Meh comes down with a case of the Pink-Pox. This title is also available in French as Olga : On déménage!

Science | Adventure | Curiosity | Observation | Space Exploration | Humour

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Sparks!
Written by Ian Boothby
Illustrated by Nina Matsumoto
Colour by David Dedrick
New York: Graphix/Scholastic, 2018
$34.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-338-02947-5
$16.99 PB 978-1-338-02946-8
$13.99 EB 978-1-338-02948-2
187 pages, full-colour, 6″ x 9″
IL: Ages 7-10  RL: Grades 2-3

August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn’t afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be laboratory-escapee cats who pilot a robotic dog suit! Now they must thwart Princess, an evil alien (who looks like an adorable baby!) planning to conquer Earth.

Humour | Cats | Aliens | Heroes | Friendship

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Speak: The Graphic Novel
Written by Laurie Halse Anderson
Illustrated by Emily Carroll
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018
$25.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-374-30028-9
$10.99 EB 978-1-466-89787-8
371 pages, b&w, 6 1/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up  RL: Grades 7-8

Because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, Melinda is friendless — an outcast — at her high school. Through her work on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face what really happened that night. But, before she can make peace with the past, she must confront the present. Only words can save her… she can’t stay silent anymore.

Rape | Sexual Assault | Bullying | High School Life | Courage | Depression

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HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE

Better Together: Creating Community in an Uncertain World
(Orca Footprints)
Written by Nikki Tate
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-1300-7
$9.99 EB 978-1-4598-1302-1
48 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grade 5

For humans to truly thrive, we need more than food and water, we need a sense of community, and when we work together in groups — from family, friends and neighbourhoods to global organizations building on a foundation of common human experience — we can be a powerful force for change. This title explores the many ways we are the same, no matter where we live.

Communities | Activism | Belonging | Global Community | Collaboration

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Can Your Outfit Change the World?
(PopActivism)
Written by Erinne Paisley
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$14.95 PB 978-1-4598-1306-9
$9.99 EB 978-1-4598-1308-3
149 pages, full-colour, 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up  RL: Grades 6-8

What you choose to wear doesn’t just affect you. This book explores how and where clothes are made, how the people who make the clothes are treated and how the companies who sell the clothes affect the health of our planet. Follow the book’s guide to spending your money in a responsible and eco-friendly way — your outfits have more power than you realize!

Fashion | Ethical Shopping | Advertising | Recycling | Repurposing | Activism

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Free Press and Censorship
(Why Does Media Literacy Matter?)
Written by Susan Brophy Down
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$29.36 LIB 978-0-7787-4543-3
$10.95 PB 978-0-7787-4547-1
$44.04 EB 978-1-4271-2039-7
48 pages, full-colour, 7 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grade 6

In a democracy, citizens rely on a free press not controlled by the government or a particular group. A free country and a free press go hand in hand. This engaging title takes a probing look at what press freedom and censorship mean, where citizens find information, who owns and controls the press in a “free world” and what makes good, reliable journalism.

Media Literacy | Critical Thinking | Journalism | Censorship | Free Press

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Haunted at Sea
(Haunted or Hoax?)
Written by Jaime Winters
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4638-6
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4644-7
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2057-1
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 11 and up  RL: Grade 5

This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind ships and sites at sea around the world that are reported to be haunted. From disastrous voyages and missing ships to ghostly sailors and other beings, narrative text weaves paranormal tales for readers. Historical records and eyewitness accounts are the evidence for both the debunked and the unexplained.

Hauntings | Paranormal Activity | Hoaxes | Ghosts

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Haunted Battlefields
(Haunted or Hoax?)
Written by Janice Dyer
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4628-7
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4639-3
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2052-6
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 11 and up  RL: Grade 5

This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind battlefields around the world that are reported to be haunted. Readers evaluate the eyewitness accounts and historical records of ghostly soldiers and other figures that haunt the sites of war and destruction. A narrative style weaves the spooky stories and clear text lays out both the debunked and unexplained occurrences.

Hauntings | Paranormal Activity | Hoaxes | Ghosts

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Haunted Castles and Forts
(Haunted or Hoax?)
Written by Vic Kovacs
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4629-4
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4640-9
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2053-3
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 11 and up  RL: Grade 5

This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind supposedly haunted castles and forts around the world. Using a narrative style, this book tells stories of paranormal occurrences in the castles of royals and the forts of armies. While some have been debunked, others remain unsolved! Readers examine the historical records and eyewitness accounts and decide: Haunted? Or hoax?

Hauntings | Paranormal Activity | Hoaxes | Ghosts

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Haunted Churches and Graveyards
(Haunted or Hoax?)
Written by Vic Kovacs
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4630-0
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4641-6
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2054-0
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 11 and up  RL: Grade 5

Explore the history and lore behind churches and graveyards around the world that are reported to be haunted. Read stories about ghosts that rise above their final resting places and spooky paranormal occurrences inside holy places! Some stories have been debunked, while others remain unexplained. Eyewitness accounts and historical records allow readers to evaluate evidence for themselves — haunted or hoax?

Hauntings | Paranormal Activity | Hoaxes | Ghosts

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Haunted Towns and Villages
(Haunted or Hoax?)
Written by Vic Kovacs
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4631-7
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4642-3
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2055-7
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 11 and up  RL: Grade 5

This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind towns and villages around the world that are reported to be haunted. Narrative stories of haunted houses, disaster sites and spooky streets are told in this engaging book. Readers examine eyewitness accounts and historical records and can decide for themselves — did ghosts really live amongst some villagers and townspeople?

Hauntings | Paranormal Activity | Hoaxes | Ghosts

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Haunted Woods and Caves
(Haunted or Hoax?)
Written by Janice Dyer
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4637-9
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4643-0
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2056-4
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 11 and up  RL: Grade 5

This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind woods and caves around the world that are reported to be haunted. Readers examine eyewitness accounts and historical records of ghostly beings, paranormal creatures and other occurrences in the natural world. A narrative style weaves the terrifying tales together, and readers must decide for themselves if the evidence is convincing. Haunted? Or hoax?

Hauntings | Paranormal Activity | Hoaxes | Ghosts

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On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty
(The World Around Us)
Written by Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap
Illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-1617-6
$4.99 EB 978-1-4598-1619-0
32 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 5-8  RL: Grades 2-3

A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, this title explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources and addresses issues such as mental illness, homelessness and refugee status. Sidebars with insightful quotes from individuals and organizations such as UNICEF add further food for thought. Readers are encouraged to take what they have learned and make a difference.

Poverty | Homelessness | Mental Illness | Human Rights | Essential Services

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Power and Persuasion in Media and Advertising
(Why Does Media Literacy Matter?)
Written by Susan Brophy Down
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$29.36 LIB 978-0-7787-4544-0
$10.95 PB 978-0-7787-4548-8
$44.04 EB 978-1-4271-2040-3
48 pages, full-colour, 7 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grade 6

How susceptible are you to tactics of subtle encouragement and outright manipulation used by media and advertising? This title offers an eye-opening introduction to how marketing and advertising work to convince consumers to buy products or believe in certain ideas. Readers will learn about persuasion, credible marketing and how their tastes and opinions are targeted and shaped from an early age.

Media Literacy | Critical Thinking | Advertising | Marketing | Persuasion

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A Refugee’s Journey from Bhutan
(Leaving My Homeland)
Written by Linda Barghoorn
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4684-3
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4690-4
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2068-7
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-11  RL: Grade 4

Amita’s family was forced to flee Bhutan when they were targeted because of their Nepalese heritage. Amita was born in a refugee camp in Nepal. When she was four, her family decided to seek a permanent home in a new country. Readers learn about the conflict and how they can help refugees in their own communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

Bhutan | Refugees | Displacement | Conflict | Challenges | Global Responsibility

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A Refugee’s Journey from El Salvador
(Leaving My Homeland)
Written by Linda Barghoorn
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4685-0
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4691-1
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2069-4
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-11  RL: Grade 4

Benito’s childhood in El Salvador is disrupted by gang violence. When the gangs begin to recruit his siblings and target the family with violence, Benito’s mother decides that the family must flee to Mexico. He and his family hope to return home one day.

El Salvador | Refugees | Displacement | Conflict | Challenges | Global Responsibility | Gang Violence

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A Refugee’s Journey from Eritrea
(Leaving My Homeland)
Written by Linda Barghoorn
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4686-7
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4697-3
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2070-0
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-11  RL: Grade 4

Dawit’s future was bleak in Eritrea, where he would soon be forced to join the military. Dawit and his brother make the difficult decision to flee and meet with relatives in Europe. After a dangerous journey and months spent in a refugee camp, Dawit faces challenges in his new home — Amsterdam. Readers learn about the challenges refugees face and how they can help.

Eritrea | Refugees | Displacement | Conflict | Challenges | Global Responsibility

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A Refugee’s Journey from Iran
(Leaving My Homeland)
Written by Heather Hudak
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4687-4
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4698-0
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2071-7
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-11  RL: Grade 4

When Iran’s government threatens Zahra’s brother for speaking out against its actions, the family decide to flee Iran and seek safety in Australia. The difficult journey includes a dangerous boat trip across the Indian Ocean. Granted asylum after months of waiting, Zahra and her family must adjust to a new life. Readers learn about the challenges refugees face and how they can help.

Iran | Refugees | Displacement | Conflict | Challenges | Global Responsibility

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A Refugee’s Journey from Nigeria
(Leaving My Homeland)
Written by Ellen Rodger
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4688-1
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4699-7
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2072-4
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-11  RL: Grade 4

When a violent terrorist group, Boko Haram, targets her village in Nigeria, Baseema’s family decide to seek refuge in another country. Baseema hopes to find safety in a country where she will be allowed to go to school and live without constant fear. Readers learn about the conflict and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world.

Nigeria | Refugees | Displacement | Conflict | Challenges | Global Responsibility | Terrorism

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Refugee’s Journey from Ukraine
(Leaving My Homeland)
Written by Ellen Rodger
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4689-8
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4700-0
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2073-1
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-11  RL: Grade 4

Miron’s happy life in Ukraine is disrupted when war breaks out. Surrounded by political instability and increasing violence, Miron’s family decide to flee to a more stable part of Ukraine. But he and his family aren’t sure if they can find true safety within their own country. Readers learn how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world.

Ukraine | Refugees | Displacement | Conflict | Challenges | Global Responsibility

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SCIENCE

Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night
Written by Rob Laidlaw
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2018
$22.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77278-039-0
48 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 8-12  RL: Grades 4-5

In this engaging and informative title, animal activist and biologist Rob Laidlaw sheds light on these famously shadowy mammals, from their habits and habitats to their importance for maintaining biodiversity, and the conservation efforts being made to protect them. The profiles of 10 ‘Bat Citizens’ — young people participating in citizen science to help protect bat populations — are included.

Bats | Conservation | Citizen Science | Biodiversity | Natural World | Biology

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Building Your Knowledge in the Digital World
(Your Positive Digital Footprint)
Written by Megan Kopp
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-4588-4
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-4602-7
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-2042-7
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 9-12  RL: Grade 5

When you use digital technology, you are part of a community of digital users called digital citizens. This engaging title helps readers find out how to use digital resources responsibly to build knowledge, answer questions, solve problems and demonstrate their learning to others. Accessible text and authentic examples model effective research strategies and support readers as they learn.

Digital Technology | Media | Digital Citizens | Communication | Collaboration

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Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities
(Orca Footprints)
Written by Michelle Mulder
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2018
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-1287-1
$9.99 EB 978-1-4598-1289-5
48 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 8-12  RL: Grades 3-4

Going wild. We don’t usually see it as a good thing. But pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. This fascinating title explores how civilization beat back the wilderness and why letting it back into our urban landscapes is the key to making our lives cleaner, safer and healthier!

Rewilding | Wilderness | Urban Life | Conservation | Citizen Science

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Your Brain: Understanding Your Body’s Control Center
(Exploring the Brain)
Written by Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2018
$29.36 LIB 978-0-7787-3509-0
$10.95 PB 978-0-7787-3513-7
$44.04 EB 978-1-4271-1997-1
48 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 10-14  RL: Grades 5-6

This comprehensive title examines the structures and functions of the brain. Clear text and accessible diagrams introduce different parts of the brain and explain their key functions. Readers will also discover how the brain interprets and responds to messages received from different sensory receptors — controlling thoughts and actions. Hands-on investigations help reinforce and extend core concepts.

Brain | Brain Development | Brain Structure | Brain Function

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