Summer 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 summer holidays. The books featured in this list are starred selections from the Spring 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

Picture Books Early Chapter Books Junior & Intermediate Fiction
Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) Young Adult Fiction Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo)
Graphic Novels Biography, Memoir & Speaking Out Folktales
History, Geography & Culture Language Arts Science

Picture Books

Summer Reading: Ben Says Goodbye

Ben Says Goodbye
Written by Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2015
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-927485-79-8
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-6 RL: Grades 2-3

Friendship | Moving | Loss | Imagination | Emotions

When Ben’s best friend, Peter, moves away, Ben moves, too — into a “cave” under the dining room table. Caveboy doesn’t need any friends except his stuffed lion. He hunts for his food (left on a plate by Mom and Dad) and communicates in grunts. In his cave, Ben can imagine a world where friends control their own destinies and distance is no obstacle.

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Summer Reading: Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
Written by Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44342-918-4
$11.99 EB 978-1-44345-058-4
52 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Winnie the Pooh | Biography | Canadian History | World War I | Compassion

In 1914, on his way to tend horses during World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. Naming the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, he took the cub to war. Lindsay Mattick, Harry’s real-life great-granddaughter, recounts their journey to an army base in England — and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie met a boy named Christopher Robin.

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Summer Reading: Good Little Book

The Good Little Book
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Marion Arbona
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2015
$18.99 HC 978-1-77049-451-0
40 pages, full-colour, 7 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 7-11 RL: Grades 2-3

Books | Imagination | Reading | Adventure | Humour

A boy sent to “think things over” discovers a good little book whose story grows on him, and the little book becomes his loyal companion until one day when it’s lost. Will the boy ever get his good little book back? Will the good little book survive without a proper jacket? A tale of literary love and loss — and love found again. This title is also available in French as Le bon petit livre.

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Summer Reading: How to Mend a Heart

How to Mend a Heart
Written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2015
$25.99 LIB 978-0-375-97427-4
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-553-51093-5
$11.99 EB 978-0-553-51094-2
36 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 1-3

Friendship | Kindness | Sadness | Heartbreak

A charming arts-and-crafts approach to dealing with moments of heartbreak. Be it caused by a lost pet, a friend’s moving away or simple childhood injustice, little hearts can be quick to break. This book provides the gentle touch needed to soothe a sore heart — a little thread, a bit of paste or a bandage — there is a remedy for hurts big and small.

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Summer Reading: I Am Yoga

I Am Yoga
Written by Susan Verde
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015
$17.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4197-1664-5
$17.95 EB 978-1-6131-2849-7
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 1-3

Yoga | Imagination | Self-Expression | Mindfulness

Yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with some imagination, it can also show us that anything is possible. This book encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses is included.

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Summer Reading: Imagine a World

Imagine a World
(Imagine a…, Book 4)
Written and illustrated by Rob Gonsalves
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
$22.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4814-4973-1
$14.99 EB 978-1-4814-4974-8
40 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Imagination | Possibilities | Poetry | Magical Realism

Can you imagine a world where the sky becomes the Earth? Or where you can cut mountains out of curtains? Or ships sail into the sky? This is the amazing world created by artist Rob Gonsalves. This fourth instalment in the Imagine a… series explores a world that is boundless and beautiful, inviting readers to imagine a world of possibilities — to imagine this world.

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Summer Reading: Kyle Goes Alone

Kyle Goes Alone
Written by Jan Thornhill
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2015
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-075-9
32 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 12 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-9 RL: Grades 3-4

Sloths | Rainforests | Independence

Living high up in the rainforest canopy, sloths never venture to the ground… except when they have to “go.” And Kyle has to go. His mom says he is old enough to make the trip alone, but Kyle isn’t sure he’s ready. The forest floor is a long, long way down… But, as Kyle begins his slow descent, is he really as alone as he thinks?

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Summer Reading: Once Upon a Line

Once Upon a Line
Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2015
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-927485-78-1
32 pages, full-colour, 9 3/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Imagination | Storytelling | Creativity | Writing

Where do stories come from? How do ideas begin? One rainy night, Wally’s family finds an old steamer trunk in the attic. Inside is a pile of paintings drawn from a single line from an enchanted pen. They could only belong to Uncle George, who believed that all stories begin with one line and a rich imagination.

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Summer Reading: Only Fish Fall From the Sky

Only Fish Fall From the Sky
Written and illustrated by Leif Parsons
Brooklyn, NY: POW!, 2015
$17.95 HC 978-1-57687-757-9
32 pages, full-colour, 10 3/4″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 1-3

Dreams | Imagination | Alternate Realities | Dreamscapes

A boy wakes from a marvellous dream to find the world is not quite as he left it — raindrops are falling from the sky, instead of fish, when everyone knows that only fish fall from the sky! But is he asleep or awake? Kids can decide for themselves which world they prefer as they explore the imaginative dreamscapes of Leif Parsons’ delightful alternate world.

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Summer Reading: Oscar Lives Next Door

Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson’s Childhood
Written by Bonnie Farmer
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2015
$17.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-104-6
32 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Music | Oscar Peterson | Friendship | Tuberculosis | 1930s | Montreal

Inspired by the real-life childhood of Oscar Peterson, this is a story of a boy forced to give up the instrument he loves — and who finds his way back to a lifelong passion for music. In this fictional account, Oscar’s friend Millie encourages him to play piano after tuberculosis robs him of his ability to play trumpet. This title is also available in French as Mon voisin Oscar: Une histoire inspirée de l’enfance d’Oscar Peterson.

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Summer Reading: Sing a Song of Bedtime

Sing a Song of Bedtime
Compiled and illustrated by Barbara Reid
Toronto: North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4431-4684-5
32 pages, full-colour, 9 7/8″ x 11″
IL: Ages 1-5 RL: Grades 1-3

Lullabies | Songs | Poems | Mother Goose

In this beautiful companion to Sing a Song of Mother Goose, Barbara Reid’s bright and tactile images illuminate a variety of bedtime rhymes and lullabies. From “Little Boy Blue” to “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,” these classic songs, poems and lullabies are perfect for bedtime or any time. This title is also available in French as Comptines pour faire dodo.

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Summer Reading: Snap

Snap!
Written by Hazel Hutchins
Illustrated by Dušan Petricic
Toronto: Annick Press, 2015
$19.95 LIB 978-1-55451-770-1
32 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 4-7 RL: Grades 1-2

Crayons | Drawing | Creativity | Imagination | Art

Evan’s brand-new set of crayons is perfect until — snap! — the brown one breaks in two. Then one by one, the others break, get crushed, are blown away or simply disappear. But Evan discovers that even with just a few crayons, he can create new and exciting art — his imagination is the only tool he needs.

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Summer Reading: Swan

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2015
$24.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4521-1890-1
46 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 12 1/4″
IL: Ages 5-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Anna Pavlova | Ballerinas | Ballet | Dance | Inspiration | Generosity

Everything changes the night young Anna’s mother takes her to the ballet. So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, and who will inspire legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. A beautiful picture book biography perfect for aspiring ballerinas of all ages.

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Summer Reading: That Squeak

That Squeak
Written by Carolyn Beck
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55455-293-1
40 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 8-11 RL: Grades 4-5

Death | Loss | Friendship | Bicycles | Grief | Healing | Memory

Joe and Jay were best friends. They loved to bike together and laugh at “that squeak” in Jay’s bicycle seat. Now Jay is gone, but his bike is still at school — rusty and forgotten. When the new kid, Carlos, offers to help him clean and fix it, Joe thinks he wants to steal it. But he finds an unexpected friend in Carlos, who is more than he appears.

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Summer Reading: Today Is the Day

Today Is the Day
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77049-648-4
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/2″ x 10 3/4″
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Kenya | Africa | Birthdays | Orphans | Citizenship | Orphanages | Celebrations

In this third book from celebrated author Eric Walters set in his Kenyan orphanage, Mutanu is helping prepare for a celebration. Every year, the orphanage honours its newest arrivals by creating a birthday day especially for them. From that day forward, Mutanu and the other orphans have a real birth certificate and citizenship rights, as well as a day that they know is theirs.

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Early Chapter Books

Summer Reading: Adventures of Miss Petitfour

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Written by Anne Michaels
Illustrated by Emma Block
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2015
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-77049-500-5
$11.99 EB 978-1-77049-502-9
124 pages, full-colour, 6″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 3-5

Cats | Adventure | Humour | Short Stories | Whimsy

Miss Petitfour is an expert at baking and eating cakes. Her favourite mode of transport is by tablecloth, and she takes her 16 cats out for an airing daily; this often involves outings such as a search for marmalade or a trip to the Festooning Festival. Fetch a tablecloth and join Miss Petitfour and her feline friends for five magical adventures!

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Summer Reading: Enchanted Egg

The Enchanted Egg
(Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 2)
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
$16.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44341-983-3
$11.99 EB 978-1-44341-985-7
134 pages, b&w, 5 3/4″ x 8″
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 3-4

Magic | Pets | Responsibility | Imagination | Fairy Tales

A mysterious giant egg has arrived at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and neither Clover nor Mr. Jams, the owner of the agency, can tell what sort of creature will hatch from it. Mr. Jams decides to visit a Magical Animal Expert, leaving the egg in Clover’s care. Since the egg doesn’t appear ready to hatch, what could go wrong?

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

Summer Reading: Blackthorn Key

The Blackthorn Key
(Blackthorn Key, Book 1)
Written by Kevin Sands
New York: Aladdin, 2015
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-4651-8
$10.99 PB 978-1-4814-4652-5
$11.99 EB 978-1-4814-4653-2
371 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 9-14 RL: Grade 6

Historical Fiction | Curiosity | Mystery | Adventure | Humour | Friendship | Alchemy

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.” Until he gets that cryptic warning, 14-year-old Christopher Rowe is happy, learning how to solve complex codes and creating powerful medicines and potions as apprentice to Master Blackthorn in 1665, London. But when his master is murdered by the Cult of the Archangel, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret.

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Summer Reading: MINRS

MiNRS
(MiNRS, Book 1)
Written by Kevin Sylvester
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-4039-4
$11.99 EB 978-1-4814-4041-7
330 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Adventure | Suspense | Science Fiction | Survival | Secrets

Earth has been mined to the edge of extinction. Twelve-year-old Christopher and his family live on a planetoid with other families, working as miners for terraforming companies. During a blackout, the colonists are attacked by vicious invaders. Christopher, his friend Elena and a few other survivors are forced into the maze of mining tunnels. Can they survive? In space. Underground. And out of time.

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Summer Reading: Nest

The Nest
Written by Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44343-862-9
$11.99 EB 978-1-44343-864-3
244 pages, b&w, 5 3/8″ x 7 1/4″
IL: Ages 11-14 RL: Grades 6-7

Family | Anxiety | Dreams | Fears | Wasps | Changelings | Horror | Siblings

In this beautiful, menacing novel, an anxious boy becomes convinced that angels will save his sick baby brother. But these are creatures of a different kind, and their plan for the baby has a twist. Layer by layer, he unravels the truth about his new friends as the time remaining to save his brother ticks down. Evocative, disquieting illustrations enhance this journey into one boy’s deepest insecurities and darkest fears.

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Summer Reading: Pocket Full of Murder

A Pocket Full of Murder
Written by R.J. Anderson
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-3771-4
$11.99 EB 978-1-4814-3773-8
342 pages, 5 7/8″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-12 RL: Grades 5-6

Fantasy | Magic | Friendship | Mystery | Murder | Social Inequality | Discrimination

In the city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic, while the poor can barely afford the spell to heat their homes. Twelve-year-old Isaveth is poor, but also brave and loyal — and her father has been wrongfully arrested for murder. Quiz, the eccentric, eye patch–wearing street boy can’t resist a good mystery. Together they set out to solve the magical murder and save Isaveth’s Papa from execution.

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Summer Reading: Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect
Written by Sylvia Taekema
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015
$9.95 PB 978-1-4598-0872-0
$9.95 EB 978-1-4598-0874-4
130 pages, 5″ x 7 1/2″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 5-6

Friendship | Adolescence | Change | Perseverance

Best friends Dana and Janelle had big plans for Grade 6. But a bike accident lands Janelle in the hospital for the summer, and everything changes. Over time, the girls act more and more like strangers. As Dana struggles to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, anger and loneliness, she wonders what’s left of their friendship. Can she find her way back to her best friend?

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Summer Reading: Scenes-from-the-Epic-Life-of-a-Total-Genius

Scenes From the Epic Life of a Total Genius
Written by Stacey Matson
Illustrated by Simon Kwan
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2015
$16.99 HC 978-1-4431-3388-3
$16.99 EB 978-1-4431-3390-6
255 pages, b&w, 5 1/2″ x 8 5/8″
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 5-6

Humour | Relationships | Friendship | Family | Growing Up

It’s a new school year in the life of Arthur A. Bean. He and Robbie have set aside their differences to collaborate on a blockbuster film for the school. There is the added complication of suddenly having two girlfriends — and the little problem of the camera Robbie “borrowed” for their movie. Is Arthur’s life going off the rails again? This is the sequel to A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius.

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Summer Reading: Seven Dead Pirates

Seven Dead Pirates
Written by Linda Bailey
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-77049-815-0
$9.99 EB 978-1-77049-817-4
292 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/8″
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Adventure | Ghosts | Courage | Friendship | Shyness | Bullying | Pirates

Eleven-year-old Lewis, shy and lonely, loves his new bedroom in a secluded tower of the decaying seaside mansion his family inherited — until he discovers he is sharing it with the ghosts of seven dead pirates! And they want him to help re-take their ship — now at a museum! Can Lewis find the courage to lead this motley crew on the adventure of a lifetime?

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Summer Reading: Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen
Written by David Carroll
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2015
$7.99 PB 978-1-4431-4690-6
$7.99 EB 978-1-4431-4691-3
234 pages, 5 1/4″ x 7 5/8″
IL: Ages 9-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Friendship | Blindness | Fantasy | Choices

Finn is slowly going blind. Desperate to salvage something of his last summer and come to terms with “lights out,” he invites his friend Cheese to his family’s cabin. But Finn is drawn to a mystical floating island — why is he the only one to see it glimmering? When he gets close, he’s sucked into something he could never have anticipated.

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Summer Reading: Trouble at Impact Lake

Trouble at Impact Lake
(The Shenanigans Series, Book 3)
Written by Andreas Oertel
Victoria: Wandering Fox Books, 2015
$9.95 PB 978-1-77203-067-9
$7.99 EB 978-1-77203-068-6
191 pages, 5″ x 7″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Mystery | Adventure | Friendship | History | World War II

Cody, Eric and Rachel are back after their time-travelling adventure, ready to return to their normal lives. But they run into a suspicious pair of divers claiming to be recovering a sunken military plane. Unable to resist investigating, they soon find themselves dealing with strange clues about the plane and a nearby army base and finally meet the legendary mad trapper.

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Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo)

Summer Reading: At Ease

At Ease
(Orca Limelights)
Written by Jeff Ross
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015
$9.95 PB 978-1-4598-0800-3
$9.95 EB 978-1-4598-0802-7
130 pages, 4 3/4″ x 7 1/4″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 4-5

Music | Performance Anxiety | Self-Doubt | Friendship | Mentors | Aspirations

Will has what it takes to become a classical violinist, so when given the chance to take part in a prestigious summer program, he seizes the opportunity. But Will is unprepared for performing in public and he has all the symptoms of performance anxiety — sweating, shaking and heart-pounding panic. What happens when the one thing you need to achieve your dreams is something you find utterly terrifying?

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Young Adult Fiction

Summer Reading: Anne & Henry

Anne & Henry
Written by Dawn Ius
New York: Simon Pulse, 2015
$24.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-3941-1
$13.99 EB 978-1-4814-3943-5
289 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Teen Romance | Family Relationships | Wealth | Obligation | Deception | Fitting In | Desire

A sizzling high school romance ignites in this modern-day retelling of the infamous love affair between Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Henry’s life, never his own, has been mapped out since birth. Then wild, brash and outspoken Anne crashes into his life. Anne is all he thinks about, desire consuming him. Henry will do anything to be with her, but will their romance destroy them both?

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Summer Reading: Are You Seeing Me

Are You Seeing Me?
Written by Darren Groth
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015
$19.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-4598-1079-2
$19.95 EB 978-1-4598-1081-5
278 pages, 5 3/8″ x 8″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Siblings | Autism | Letting Go | Family | Adventure | Loss | Love

Twins Justine and Perry have left Australia and embarked on a road trip in the Pacific Northwest. When their dad died, Justine became caregiver for her autistic brother, who has now been accepted into a group home. Before he moves in, the twins want to create the perfect memory. For Perry, the trip is a celebration; for Justine, it’s an opportunity to learn how to let go.

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Summer Reading: Calvin

Calvin
Written by Martine Leavitt
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2015
$14.95 PB 978-1-55498-720-7
$12.95 EB 978-1-55498-721-4
180 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Mental Illness | Love | Survival | Adventure

Calvin has always known his fate was linked to the comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. But, at 17, he is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode, and Hobbes (as a large man-eating tiger he can’t quite see) is with him as a delusion he can’t control. As the hallucinations persist, Calvin struggles to regain control of his own mind and destiny — with one grand, incredible adventure.

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Summer Reading: Delusion Road

Delusion Road
Written by Don Aker
Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2015
$15.99 PB 978-1-44342-416-5
$11.99 EB 978-1-44342-418-9
399 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Thriller | Bullying | High School | Social Justice | Violence Against Women | Murder

Willa Jaffrey is beautiful, rich, dating the perfect guy and determined to have a fabulous senior year. Enter Keegan Fraser, a handsome new student who wants no part of the games everyone plays at Willa’s school. Despite a rocky start, Keegan and Willa become close, even as Willa’s carefully constructed universe begins to fall apart. Keegan’s past holds dark secrets — and they’re catching up to him.

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Endangered: A Death on a Deadline Mystery
Written by Kate Jaimet
Scottsdale, AZ: The Poisoned Pencil, 2015
$12.95 PB 978-1-9293-4516-8
186 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8Mystery | Murder | Endangered Species | SmugglingSeventeen-year-old Hayley, working as a cub reporter for her dad’s newspaper, is pulled off her first scoop (involving a blood-spattered shack) and sent on a research trip to study a rare sea turtle. The voyage takes a sinister twist when a fishing boat appears, intent on capturing the turtle at any cost. What is the link between murder and a rare sea turtle?Amazon | Indigo | Canadian Bookstores | Wholesalers
Summer Reading: If You're Lucky

If You’re Lucky
Written by Yvonne Prinz
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Young Readers, 2015
$26.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-61620-463-1
278 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Mystery | Mental Illness | Schizophrenia | Suspense | Courage | Murder

Georgia refuses to believe her brother Lucky’s death was an accident. Then a stranger named Fin arrives, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon she wonders if Fin murdered her brother in order to take over his whole life. When she stops taking her medication, her mental state becomes more precarious — but is Georgia seeing a deadly truth that no one else can?

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Summer Reading: Masked Truth

The Masked Truth
Written by Kelley Armstrong
Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2015
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-385-68475-0
$11.99 EB 978-0-385-68476-7
340 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Psychological Thriller | Suspense | Mental Illness | Violence | Trust

Riley is haunted by the murder of a couple while she babysat for them. Max suffers with a life-altering diagnosis he won’t reveal. Neither of them wants to be at a weekend therapy camp in a renovated warehouse, but that’s where they are when masked men burst in to take the group hostage. Their captors are on a killing spree, and if Riley and Max can’t get out, they’ll be next.

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Summer Reading: Nowhere Wild

Nowhere Wild
Written by Joe Beernink
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44342-243-7
$11.99 EB 978-1-44342-245-1
296 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Pandemics | Survival | Sexual Violence | Friendship | Wilderness | Loss | Courage

Izzy is 13 when the flu pandemic hits. After her sister is attacked by a gang of looters, she flees to the wilderness with a man claiming he will protect her. Sixteen-year-old Jake is stranded in the northern Manitoba backcountry, desperate to find a way home. Jake and Izzy must draw on all their resourcefulness and courage to save themselves and, ultimately, each other.

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Summer Reading: Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules
(Prisoners of Peace, Book 1)
Written by Erin Bow
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015
$22.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-4271-8
$11.99 EB 978-1-4814-4273-2
374 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Science Fiction | Dystopia | Friendship | Love | Power | Choices | Violence | Coming of Age

Crown Princess Greta is a hostage to peace. These are the edicts of the Artificial Intelligence, Talis: every head of state must give a child as a hostage. Start a war? Your hostage dies. Dignified Greta is prepared to die, until Elian arrives and defies everything. His rebellion awakens Greta to the brutality of the system and her own power. Then war is declared, and the hostages are taken hostage.

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Summer Reading: Set You Free

Set You Free
Written by Jeff Ross
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015
$14.95 PB 978-1-4598-0797-6
$14.95 EB 978-1-4598-0799-0
248 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Siblings | Loyalty | Suspense | Kidnapping | Corruption | Mystery

The mayor’s six-year-old son is missing, and Lauren’s brother Tom is the main suspect. Lauren knows her brother wouldn’t harm anyone, but to people in Resurrection Falls, Tom is the freak who is rumoured to have once tried to lure a kid into the woods. If he is innocent, why has Tom vanished? Lauren is determined to uncover the truth — because everyone, even the mayor’s family, has secrets.

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Summer Reading: Transferral

Transferral
Written by Kate Blair
Toronto: Dancing Cat Books, 2015
$14.95 PB 978-1-77086-454-2
194 pages, 5 3/8″ x 8″
IL: Ages 12-16 RL: Grades 7-8

Dystopia | Alternate Realities | Privilege | Social Inequality | Justice

In an alternate-reality London, medical science has the ability to transfer diseases from human to human. Lawmakers use the technology to cure the innocent by infecting criminals. Sixteen-year-old Talia Hale, daughter of a prime-ministerial candidate, discovers that this justice has turned a once-thriving community into a slum, and made life perilous for two new friends. Will she defy her father to protect them?

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Summer Reading: Trouble-is-a-Friend-of-Mine

Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Written by Stephanie Tromly
New York: Kathy Dawson Books, 2015
$20.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-525-42840-4
$10.99 EB 978-0-698-18873-0
334 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Mystery | Friendship | Family | Humour | Hijinks

Philip Digby is rude, annoying, brilliant and somehow… attractive? And when it comes to Digby, Zoe Webster just can’t say no. Before she knows it, Digby has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous schemes all related to the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister.

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Summer Reading: Young Man with Camera

Young Man With Camera
Written by Emil Sher
Photographs by David Wyman
New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-545-54131-2
$21.99 EB 978-0-545-54133-6
218 pages, b&w, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Bullying | Photography | Violence | Friendship | Suffering | Choices | Secrets

T— is used to getting grief, but he has his own strength, too: his camera, which he uses to capture the unique way he sees the world. T—’s photographs speak louder than words. But when he captures a horrific assault on camera, the attackers want to silence his pictures. Going to the police could be deadly. Keeping the truth hidden could be even worse.

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Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo)

Summer Reading: Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand
(Orca Soundings)
Written by Natasha Deen
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015
$9.95 PB 978-1-4598-1120-1
$9.95 EB 978-1-4598-1122-5
138 pages, 4 1/4″ x 7″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 4-5

Crime | Action | Choices | Courage | Suspense | Family | Siblings

Javvan has a criminal record and a problem: get a job or violate his parole. Problem is, no one will hire him because of his record. Finally, he gets a gig with a contractor named Kevin and Javvan figures life is on the upswing. Unfortunately, Kevin is a thief, and Javvan finds himself in deeper than ever.

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Graphic Novels

Summer Reading: Baba Yaga's Assistant

Baba Yaga’s Assistant
Written by Marika McCoola
Illustrated by Emily Carroll
Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2015
$20.00 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-7636-6961-4
125 pages, full-colour, 6 1/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 10 and up RL: Grades 5-6

Folktales | Baba Yaga | Russian Folklore | Magic | Family

The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and brave Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga’s house, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. Now, to earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tricky tests… Russian folklore icon Baba Yaga mentors a lonely teen in a wry graphic novel that balances gleefully between the modern and the timeless.

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Summer Reading: Child Soldier

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
(CitizenKid)
Written by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys
Illustrated by Claudia Dávila
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2015
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77138-126-0
$18.95 EB 978-1-77138-628-9
47 pages, full-colour, 7 3/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 11 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Child Soldiers | Democratic Republic of Congo | Violence | War | Autobiography | Global Awareness

In 1993, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, five-year-old Michel and his friends were kidnapped by rebel militants and thrust into a terrifying and violent world — forced to become child soldiers. A compelling story of resilience and courage, this book is Michel Chikwanine’s account of his time in a rebel militia, his escape and his family’s new life in Canada.

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Biography, Memoir & Speaking Out

Summer Reading: Urban Tribes

Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Toronto: Annick Press, 2015
$21.95 HC 978-1-55451-751-0
$14.95 PB 978-1-55451-750-3
136 pages, full-colour, 6 3/4″ x 9 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grade 8

First Nations | Native Peoples | Community | Acceptance | Racism | Stereotypes

How Native are you if you live in the city? Emotionally potent and visually arresting, this anthology profiles young urban Natives from across North America, exploring how they connect with Native culture and values while living in the city. Poems, stories and art reflect how these young people connect to their culture, break down stereotypes and use their Indigenous world views to create a better future.

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Folktales

Summer Reading: Strange Light Afar

Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan
Written by Rui Umezawa
Illustrated by Mikiko Fujita
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2015
$18.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-55498-723-8
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-724-5
160 pages, b&w, 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Japan | Japanese Folktales | Supernatural | Ghost Stories

A samurai who makes the ultimate sacrifice, a cold-hearted husband, a monk who mistakes desire for piety, a fraudulent merchant who meets his match in a supernatural river otter — these strange, eerie and unforgettable stories take their inspiration from Japanese storytelling traditions. Master storyteller Rui Umezawa revisits eight Japanese folktales, delving beneath their plot lines to highlight the psychological motivations behind the characters’ actions.

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History, Geography & Culture

Summer Reading: Canada - Our Home and Native Land

Canada: Our Home and Native Land
Written by Alister Mathieson and Marianne Ilass
Illustrated by Derek Douglas
Toronto: Humber Press, 2015
$16.95 PB 978-1-928189-07-7
48 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 8-11 RL: Grades 5-6

Canada | Canadiana | Facts | History | Geography | Social Studies | Abecedarium

From A is for Anne of Green Gables to Z is for Zinc, this imaginative and informative A-Z book explores — with the help of some chatty animal friends — Canada’s culture, history and geography. Partly a geography lesson and partly a socio-cultural journey, this charmingly illustrated volume is chock-full of fascinating Canadiana and brimming with extension activity possibilities. An exploration of what it is to be uniquely Canadian!

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Summer Reading: Give Me Wings

Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World
Written by Kathy Lowinger
Toronto: Annick Press, 2015
$21.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55451-747-3
$15.99 EB 978-1-55451-748-0
144 pages, full-colour, 7″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 11-14 RL: Grades 6-7

History | Slavery | African Americans | Music | Freedom | Prejudice

Ella Sheppard was born a slave in 1851, but her family bought their freedom and moved to Ohio where slavery was illegal. When her school ran out of money, Ella turned to music, becoming a founding member of the Jubilee Singers, a travelling choir that followed the route of the Underground Railroad, breaking down barriers between blacks and whites, lifting spirits and helping influence modern American music.

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Summer Reading: Righting Canada's Wrongs - Residential Schools

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools
(Righting Canada’s Wrongs)
Written by Melanie Florence
Toronto: James Lorimer, 2015
$34.95 HC 978-1-4594-0866-1
96 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 11″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7

First Nations | Métis | Inuit | Residential Schools | Canadian History | Racism | Truth and Reconciliation

Over more than 100 years, the Canadian government took 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children from their families and placed them in residential schools where they were forced to abandon their cultures and languages and often subjected to psychological and physical abuse. This timely, important book tackles a neglected and painful part of Canadian history and the ongoing fight to have such official racism confronted and acknowledged.

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Summer Reading: Way to School

The Way to School
Written by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2015
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-927583-78-4
$12.99 EB 978-1-927583-79-1
32 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 5-9 RL: Grade 2

Schoolchildren | Transportation | Social Justice | Global Awareness

Minimal text and stunning photographs describe the remarkable, and often dangerous, journeys children make on their way to and from school. Children travel through disaster zones, cross rapids, climb mountains and maneuver on ziplines to get to school. Each image speaks to the desire for an education and the commitment children make each day as they journey to school.

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Language Arts

Summer Reading: Understanding Metaphors

Understanding Metaphors
(Figuratively Speaking)
Written by Robin Johnson
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2015
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-1776-8
$9.95 PB 978-0-7787-1876-5
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-1613-0
32 pages, full-colour, 8″ x 10″
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grade 4

Metaphors | Language Arts | Figurative Language

This appealing title helps readers identify and understand the meaning of metaphors. Examples familiar to children are used to help them learn how to decode this often-tricky figurative-language form and distinguish it from a simile. Understanding metaphors will expand children’s reading comprehension and give them skills to add creatively to their writing.

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Science

Summer Reading: Animal Hospital

Animal Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife
Written by Julia Coey
Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2015
$19.95 HC 978-1-77085-572-4
$9.95 PB 978-1-77085-571-7
64 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 9″
IL: Ages 8 and up RL: Grades 4-5

Animal Rescue | Urban Wildlife | Wildlife Rehabilitation | Conservation

Highlighting the work of the Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC), this book describes how wild animals are rehabilitated after being rescued from perilous situations. True stories demonstrate the efforts of the trained professionals who rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release orphaned, sick or injured animals. Readers learn about the wild animals that they may encounter and get tips on how to protect and support urban wildlife.

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Summer Reading: What's the Buzz

What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight
(Orca Footprints)
Written by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-0960-4
$19.95 EB 978-1-4598-0962-8
48 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 7-12 RL: Grades 3-4

Bees | Pollination | Natural World | Ecosystems | Habitats | Interdependence

Bees do some of the most important work on the planet: pollinating plants. This inspiring book celebrates the magic of bees — from dancing honeybees to buzz-pollinating bumblebees — and encourages readers to do their part to keep bees in flight. All over the world, bees are struggling, but there are things that everyone can do to help save them, from supporting local farmers to growing bee-friendly gardens.

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