Great Reads for the Holidays 2014

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has compiled a list of great Canadian books, for kids of all ages, for the 2014 holiday season. The books featured in this list are starred selections from the Fall 2014 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 Beginning Readers & Early Chapter Books
  Junior & Intermediate Fiction Young Adult Fiction Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo)
  Graphic Novels Folklore & Legends Health & Wellness
  History, Geography & Culture Poetry Science

Board Books

City 123
Written and photographed by Zoran Milich
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014
$13.95 BD 978-1-77138-120-8
IL: Ages 1-5 RL: Grade 1

Numeracy | Cityscapes | Counting

A fresh look at the numbers one to 10! Vibrant photographs of urban scenes invite kids to look at cityscapes with new eyes. Familiar objects such as fire trucks, bags of leaves, pylons and cars — even French fries! — will help children discover that numbers are all around them. Soon they’ll be counting just for the fun of it! Originally published in hardcover in 2005, by Kids Can Press.

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We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers
(We All Count, Book 2)
Written and illustrated by Julie Flett
Vancouver: Native Northwest, 2014
$10.00 BD 978-1-55476-398-6
IL: Ages 1-6 RL: Grade 1

Counting | Numbers | Cree Language

Whether in the country or the city, part of a big family or a small family, we all live together and we all take care of one another. We all count. Second in a series, this book features the amazing illustrations of Julie Flett and teaches about Cree culture as well as words and counting.

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We All Count: Book of Ojibway Art
(We All Count, Book 1)
Written and illustrated by Jason Adair
Vancouver: Native Northwest, 2014
$10.00 BD 978-1-55476-396-2
IL: Ages 1-6 RL: Grade 1

Counting | Numbers | Ojibway Language | Ojibway Art

Stunning paintings offer insight into Ojibway art and culture, especially the deep relationship with wildlife and connection to the land. Different colours represent different powers, energy and feelings in the animals. First in a series, this book showcases Ojibway art and culture and teaches children to count in English and Ojibway, encouraging language preservation and cultural diversity.

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Picture Books

Mama’s Day with Little Gray
Written by Aimee Reid
Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2014
$23.00 LIB 978-0-375-97150-1
$18.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-449-81083-5
$11.99 EB 978-0-375-98138-8
IL: Ages 3-7 RL: Grades 1-2

Family | Elephants | Growing Up | Caring

What would it be like if, one day, Little Gray were the big elephant and Mama the small one? Little Gray can picture it perfectly. He’d shade her from the sun, teach her to make mud, and find pictures in the clouds with her. He would take as good care of her as she does of him. This charming, heartwarming story portrays a child’s wish to grow up… but still stay close to his mother.

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Written by Christine Baldacchino
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2014
$16.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-347-6
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Acceptance | Differences | Bullying | Imagination

Morris loves using his imagination and he dreams about having space adventures. His favourite place in his classroom is the dress-up centre — because he loves wearing the tangerine dress! But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses are for girls, astronauts don’t wear dresses! Warm, dreamy illustrations perfectly capture Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

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The Most Magnificent Thing
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014
$16.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55453-704-4
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grade 2

Perseverance | Creativity | Imagination | Humour

This is a charming book about a girl who wants to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look and how it will work. But making her magnificent thing is hard, and everything she builds comes out wrong. Eventually, she gets so mad she quits. After a walk with her dog, she comes back with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. This funny, sweet story offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity.

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Not My Girl
Written by Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Toronto: Annick Press, 2014
$21.95 LIB 978-1-55451-625-4
$9.95 PB 978-1-55451-624-7
IL: Ages 5-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Inuit | Arctic | Residential Schools | Belonging | Identity

Two years ago, Margaret left her Arctic home for the outsiders’ school. Now, she has returned, rushing excitedly toward her waiting family. But Margaret’s years at school have changed her. “Not my girl!” her mother says angrily. Gradually, Margaret relearns the words and ways of her people and, as her family watches with pride, Margaret finds her place once more. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by evocative illustrations, this picture book adaptation is based on the memoir A Stranger at Home.

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Shadow Chasers
Written and illustrated by Elly MacKay
Philadelphia: Running Press Kids, 2014
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-7624-4720-6
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 1-2

Imagination | Play | Natural World

When evening paints the summer sky, shadows will come out to play. You must move fast, because as quickly as the wind blows, the shadows will be on their way. Chasing after our hopes and dreams, we may try many times before we finally catch them. With luminous paper-cut illustrations and simple lyrical text, this magical nighttime story shows that the journey is just as remarkable as the destination.

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Beginning Readers & Early Chapter Books

Bagels Come Home!
(Orca Echoes)
Written by Joan Betty Stuchner
Illustrated by Dave Whamond
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2014
$6.95 PB 978-1-4598-0346-6
$6.95 EB 978-1-4598-0348-0
IL: Ages 7-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Dogs | Pets | Family | Humour

Meet Bagels Bernstein — back flipper, jig dancer and escape artist extraordinaire! Eight-year-old Josh and his family adopt an energetic puppy with a talent for trouble. Bagels gets into the laundry, the groceries and a neighbour’s koi pond! Even obedience school can’t seem to teach him good manners. Can Bagels clean up his act before he is sent back to the shelter?

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Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love
(Jasper John Dooley, Book 3)
Written by Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Ben Clanton
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014
$16.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55453-803-4
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Feelings | Friendship | Humour

Isabel is making Jasper’s life complicated. Jasper just wants to play knights and dragons, but Isabel wants him to play babies and get married! When he ends up at a playdate at the dreaded Isabel’s house, he discovers a trampoline! Can Jasper find a way to keep using her trampoline and get her to stop being in love with him?

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The Lost Locket: 20th Anniversary Edition
Written by Carol Matas
Illustrated by Susan Gardos
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2014
$5.99 PB 978-1-4431-2865-0
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Family | Friendship | Courage | Bullying

Despite her mother’s warning, Sarah Rose takes her great-grandmother’s locket to show her friends at school. But then it disappears from her desk, and it looks like Curtis, the class bully, might have taken it. If he did, can Sarah find the courage to confront him and get her locket back without her parents finding out?

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Pup and Hound’s Big Book of Stories: A Collection of 6 First Readers
(Kids Can Read)
Written by Susan Hood
Illustrated by Linda Hendry
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014
$12.95 HC 978-1-77138-121-5
IL: Ages 4-6 RL: Grade 1

Rhyme | Friendship | Dogs

Six of Pup and Hound’s delightful adventures are gathered here into one collection. With simple rhyming text, these gentle stories of an unlikely friendship are perfect for beginning readers. The stories included are Pup and Hound, Pup and Hound Move In, Pup and Hound Stay Up Late, Pup and Hound in Trouble, Pup and Hound Play Copycats and Pup and Hound Hatch an Egg.

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6
Written by Catherine Austen
Toronto: James Lorimer, 2014
$12.95 PB 978-1-4594-0617-9
$8.95 EB 978-1-4594-0619-3
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Friendship | Humour | Phobias | Facing Fears

Dave Davidson believes it’s his mission to cure his friends of their fears. And there are lots of fears to be slayed! Eric is afraid of dancing, Andrew dreads public speaking, Vanessa is scared of dogs, and Claire fears the future. But Dave’s hare-brained, fear-slaying solutions come with unintended and hilarious consequences, often more fearsome than the original phobias! This is the companion novel to 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6.

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All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby Roberts
(Dear Canada)
Written by Jean Little
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2014
$16.99 HC 978-1-4431-1919-1
$16.99 EB 978-1-4431-2897-1
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Landslides | Frank, Alberta | Canadian History | Secrets

After her father dies, Abby and her family move west to live with relatives who run a hotel in the mining town of Frank, Alberta. When the devastating Frank Slide buries much of the town, Abby must do all she can to help. But a long-hidden family secret emerged just before the disaster — and now she must wait for the dust to settle before getting the answers she so desperately wants.

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The Boundless
Written by Kenneth Oppel
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
$19.99 HC 978-1-44341-026-7
$13.99 EB 978-1-44341-032-8
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Adventure | Trains | Fantasy | Folklore | Canadian Rockies | Racism

The Boundless, the most magnificent train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across Canada, and Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! There’s a murder, and Will, now protecting the key that unlocks the train’s treasures, becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. With villains chasing him and sasquatches and bog hags lurking outside, Will and Maren, a young tightrope walker, must save the Boundless before someone else winds up dead.

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Graves of Ice
(I Am Canada)
Written by John Wilson
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2014
$14.99 HC 978-1-4431-0794-5
$14.99 EB 978-1-4431-2896-4
IL: Ages 10-12 RL: Grades 5-7

Franklin Expedition | Northwest Passage | Canadian Arctic | Canadian History

Young George Chambers volunteers to join Franklin’s search for the Northwest Passage aboard the HMS Erebus. But ice binds the ship in a frozen landscape, and the explorers’ search for the elusive passage becomes a grim fight for survival. As the last survivor and facing his own impending death, George recalls how he ended up alone in Canada’s desolate North. He doesn’t even know if the story he’s writing will survive.

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How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied
Written by Jess Keating
Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014
$9.99 PB 978-1-4022-9755-7
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 5-6

Zoos | Middle School | Humour | Friendship

Twelve-year-old Ana’s social life is officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (mmm, elephant droppings!), her best friend has moved to New Zealand, and junior high is miserable. All Ana wants is to fade into the background. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Luckily, Ana finds new friends who help her discover her true seventh-grade self and even help her pass her math finals!

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Ice Dogs
Written by Terry Lynn Johnson
New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-547-89926-8
IL: Ages 9-13 RL: Grades 5-6

Dogsledding | Alaska | Self-Reliance | Survival | Grief

Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, is determined to qualify for the famed White Wolf Classic. On an outing with her dogs, she finds an injured “city boy” in the woods and the two teens are caught in a freak snowstorm. With food gone and temperatures dropping, their survival and that of her dogs is entirely up to her. A high-stakes, high-adventure novel of endurance and finding the way home.

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The Night Gardener
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2014
$19.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-670-06772-5
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Orphans | Mystery | Supernatural | Victorian Ghost Story | Storytelling

Orphaned Irish siblings Molly and Kip, fleeing the potato famine, arrive at Windsor estate to work as servants at the creepy, crumbling English manor house that is entwined with a massive, sinister tree. Although warned about the evil of the place, Molly and Kip are unprepared for the malevolence they find within. The terrible secrets of the cursed home will change their lives forever.

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Outside In
Written by Sarah Ellis
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2014
$16.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-55498-367-4
$14.95 EB 978-1-55498-369-8
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 5-6

Friendship | Family | Alternative Families | Secrets | Loyalty

Lynn’s life is full — choir practice, school, friends, and dealing with her free-spirited mother. Then one day her life is saved by a mysterious girl named Blossom, who introduces Lynn to her own world and family of Underlanders who live off the grid. Lynn is enchanted and amazed. But when she inadvertently reveals their secret, Lynn is forced to take measure of her own motives and figure out what it means to be a family, and a friend.

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Red River Raging
(Disaster Strikes!, Book 8)
Written by Penny Draper
Regina: Coteau Books, 2014
$10.95 PB 978-1-55050-584-9
$5.95 EB 978-1-55050-803-1
IL: Ages 9-14 RL: Grades 4-5

Manitoba | Red River | Floods | Fishing | Adventure | Ghosts

Thirteen-year-old Finn has been exiled to his grandmother’s farm in southern Manitoba to live with a cantankerous great-grandfather. The Red River, flowing by their property, is the only thing that gives him peace — that and the mysterious Angus, who teaches him to fish. But as the river keeps rising, Finn must work with his family and the community to face a monstrous adversary. Can the challenge of fighting it bring the family closer together? And just who is Angus?

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Revenge on the Fly
Written by Sylvia McNicoll
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2014
$12.95 PB 978-1-927485-56-9
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 3-4

Canadian History | Hamilton, Ontario | Immigrant Experience | Choices | Perseverance | Flies

In 1912, 12-year-old new Irish immigrant William Alton is determined to win Hamilton’s fly-catching competition and help rid the city of diseases. Will is haunted by memories of his mother and baby sister, and vows to kill flies to avenge their deaths. But when he discovers a classmate is cheating, the urge to win becomes stronger than the desire to fight disease. Should Will fight fair or try to win at any cost? Or is there another option altogether?

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Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale
Written by Charles de Lint
Illustrated by Charles Vess
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2014
$20.00 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-316-05356-3
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Magic | Fantasy | Siblings | Differences

Sarah Jane has always wanted to meet a fairy, but she has no idea that the tiny wounded man she discovers in the Tanglewood Forest is about to ensnare her in a war between magical clans. When her six sisters are kidnapped, she’ll need the help of several friends to bring them home. They must untangle themselves from the feud or be trapped in the fairy world forever. This is a companion novel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest.

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Underground Soldier
Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2014
$8.99 PB 978-1-4431-2437-9
$8.99 EB 978-1-4431-2898-8
IL: Ages 11-15 RL: Grades 6-7

World War II | Labour Camps | Ukrainian Insurgent Army | Ukraine | Self-Reliance | Courage

Desperate to escape the Nazi labour camp where he works alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler, young Luka hides in a truck under a pile of dead bodies. He then joins the Ukrainian resistance where his cell, caught between advancing Nazis and Soviet troops, mount guerrilla raids, help other escapees and do all they can to sabotage the Nazi and Soviet forces until the end of the war. A companion to Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler.

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Written by Richard Scrimger
Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2014
$14.99 PB 978-1-44341-068-7
$9.99 EB 978-1-44341-070-0
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Zombies | Friendship | Prejudice | Tolerance | Humour

When a creepy young zombie named Imre Lazar is integrated into a regular classroom at Dresden Public School, no one is less sure about the school board’s decision than narrator Bob. But his fearless best friend, Evil-O, is Imre’s greatest defender. Clashes and heroics ensue as the community’s tolerance for difference — and Bob’s tolerance for an undead rival — are pushed to the limit. But no one notices the real trouble afoot.

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Young Adult Fiction

Blue Gold
Written by Elizabeth Stewart
Toronto: Annick Press, 2014
$21.95 HC 978-1-55451-635-3
$12.95 PB 978-1-55451-634-6
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Africa | China | Consumerism | Child Labour | Refugees | Electronics | Social Media

Coltan (blue gold) is a rare mineral used in making cellphones and computers. Across continents, three girls are affected by the “blue gold” trade. Sylvie lives in a refugee camp after her father is killed in the conflict over coltan. Laiping labours in a Chinese factory, soldering components for cellphones. Fiona, a Canadian girl, comes to regret a picture she’s taken with her cellphone. This book reveals the underside of the world’s craving for electronics.

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
(Flavia de Luce, Book 6)
Written by Alan Bradley
Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2014
$29.95 HC (jacket) 978-0-385-66815-6
$12.99 EB 978-0-385-66816-3
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Family | Secrets | Mystery | Chemistry | Detectives | England

Bishop’s Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this mystery, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solving the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer, and in the process, she comes closer than ever to solving her life’s greatest mystery — her mother’s disappearance.

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Jeremy Stone
Written by Lesley Choyce
Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2013
$12.95 PB 978-0-88995-504-2
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Novels in Verse | First Nations | Spirituality | Bullying | Suicide | Dysfunctional Families

After moving to a new school in a new community, Jeremy, a First Nations teenage boy, is plagued by bullying and struggling to find his place in the world. When he meets Caitlin, who tells him about her boyfriend who committed suicide, Jeremy is plunged into a convergence of the real world and the spirit world. Determining which is which becomes less important than finding out what is right and true.

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Moon at Nine
Written by Deborah Ellis
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2014
$19.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-927485-57-6
$16.95 PB 978-1-927485-59-0
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 8-9

1980s | Iran | Homosexuality | Family | Honour | Secrets | Relationships | Injustice

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets, but the day she meets Sadira, her life changes forever. Sadira is wise and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. But as their friendship deepens into romance, it becomes dangerous. It is against the law to be gay in Iran. Deborah Ellis’s riveting story explores a world where homosexuality is punishable by death.

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Prairie Ostrich
Written by Tamai Kobayashi
Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2014
$19.95 PB 978-0-86492-680-7
$19.95 EB 978-0-86492-749-1
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Canadian Prairies | Acceptance | Bullying | Japanese Canadians | Racism | Dysfunctional Families

Welcome to 1974, and the world of Egg Murakami, an eight-year-old who lives on an ostrich farm with her broken family. Big sister Kathy cares for Egg, altering the stories she reads her so they end happily and so the world might not seem so awful. As Kathy’s final year of high school ends, Egg sits quiet witness to her unravelling family and tries to find her place in a bewildering world.

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Rabbit Ears
Written by Maggie de Vries
Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2014
$14.99 PB 978-1-44341-662-7
$11.99 EB 978-1-44341-664-1
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Sexual Abuse | Child Prostitution | Drugs | Secrets | Family

Kaya is adopted, multiracial, grieving the death of her father — and carrying a painful secret. She runs away repeatedly to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work. Her sister Beth escapes her own troubles with food and a rediscovered talent for magic tricks. Though both girls struggle through darkness and pain, they eventually find their way to a moment of illumination and healing.

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The Rule of Three
(The Neighborhood, Book 1)
Written by Eric Walters
Toronto: Razorbill, 2014
$19.00 HC (jacket) 978-0-670-06705-3
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Blackouts | Survival | Adventure | Community

One afternoon, every machine in 16-year-old Adam’s high school computer lab stops working. Outside, cars won’t start, phones are down and a blackout is widespread. Soon, Adam will discover that the problem has paralyzed not just his town but the whole country and beyond. As resources dwindle, crises mount and chaos descends, he realizes that his suburban neighbours must band together for protection — and survival.

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Written by E.K. Johnston
Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2014
$19.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-4677-1066-4
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grade 6

Dragons | Rural Ontario | Fossil Fuels | Fantasy

Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had a few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival. At 16, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds — armed only with a sword, his legacy and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

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The Throne
Written by Beth Goobie
Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2013
$12.95 PB 978-0-88995-496-0
IL: Ages 12-15 RL: Grade 7

Friendship | High School | Bullying

Meredith is determined to make her mark in Grade 10, but that decision brings her unwanted attention from the school’s “kingpin of the underworld.” Her new enemy is smart, determined and capable of holding a long-term grudge. With the help of her two best friends, she will have to find a way to stand up for herself and survive high school with her dignity intact.

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Written by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2014
$12.95 PB 978-1-4598-0475-3
$12.95 EB 978-1-4598-0477-7
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 6-7

Family | Identity | Genetic Defects | Friendship | Choices | Dystopia

Sixteen-year-old Whisper, who has a cleft palate, lives in an encampment with other young rejects and their caregiver Nathanael. They are outcasts from a society that kills or abandons anyone with a physical or mental disability. When her mother dies, Whisper is taken back to her family as a slave, but she rebels and is sent to the city to earn money by begging — or worse. There she must make difficult decisions for herself and for her vulnerable friends.

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Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo)

Final Crossing
(Orca Soundings)
Written by Sean Rodman
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2014
$16.95 LIB 978-1-4598-0558-3
$9.95 PB 978-1-4598-0552-1
$9.95 EB 978-1-4598-0554-5
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grade 4

Stealing | Kidnapping | Siblings | Family Relationships

Will and Big O are brothers, best friends and small-town crooks. Ever since their dad went to prison, they’ve been stealing to survive. They hatch a plan for one last score — breaking into cars to scrape together enough money to get out of the criminal life forever. But everything goes sideways when they discover a young kidnap victim. Pursued by a professional criminal, the brothers must save the girl, survive the night and escape their old life!

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Graphic Novels

Bravoman, Volume I: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence!
Written by Matt Moylan
Illustrated by Dax Gordine
Richmond Hill, ON: UDON Entertainment, 2014
$21.99 HC 978-1-926778-93-8
IL: Ages 10 and up RL: Grade 5

Adventure | Humour

This ultra-stretchy Japanese-style superhero battles intergalactic octopus monsters, city-smashing giant robots and armies of squawking crow-demons, all while trying to fit in some quality video-game hours on the couch. And did we mention the deadly ninja princess who wants to both date and kill him? Yikes! A collection of over 130 zany strips from the webcomic plus creator commentary, rough sketches and more.

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The Scout: Tommy Prince
(Tales from Big Spirit)
Written by David Alexander Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Winnipeg: HighWater Press, 2014
$16.95 PB 978-1-55379-478-3
$13.56 EB 978-1-55379-488-2
IL: Ages 10 and up RL: Grades 5-6

First Nations | Aboriginal Soldiers | Canadian History | Indigenous Heroes | War | Tommy Prince

While searching for a baseball, Pamela meets a veteran soldier in front of a statue commemorating Sgt. Tommy Prince, the most decorated Aboriginal soldier in Canada. Pamela is curious, and the veteran is happy to regale her with the story of the expert marksman and tracker, renowned for his daring and bravery in World War I, and beyond.

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Folklore & Legends

The Blind Boy & the Loon
Retold by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Illustrated by Daniel Gies and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Iqaluit: Inhabit Media, 2014
$16.95 HC 978-1-927095-57-7
IL: Ages 5-10 RL: Grade 3

Inuit | Legends | Revenge

Based on the acclaimed National Film Board of Canada animated short, Lumaajuuq, The Blind Boy & the Loon is a beautiful retelling of a traditional Inuit story that explains the origin of the narwhal and cautions listeners against the dangers of seeking revenge. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s mystical, brooding animation has been adapted to a picture book suitable for all ages. A timeless tale stunningly told.

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Health & Wellness

Depression and Other Mood Disorders
(Understanding Mental Health)
Written by Jon Eben Field
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2014
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-0084-5
$11.95 PB 978-0-7787-0090-6
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-9391-9
IL: Ages 10-15 RL: Grades 5-6

Mental Health | Depression | Mood Disorders

Depression and mood disorders are common but serious mental illnesses that occur across all age groups, genders, economic classes and ethnic groups. This enlightening title examines the causes and symptoms of depression and other mood disorders and provides information about treatment options. There is a chapter on caregiver support as well as one titled “Depression Toolbox” that offers useful coping strategies for daily challenges.

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It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes
Written by Jennifer Gardy
Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2014
$19.95 HC 978-1-77147-001-8
$13.95 PB 978-1-77147-053-7
IL: Ages 11-14 RL: Grade 6

Germs | Diseases | Microbiology | Health

Step inside the world of germs… just remember to wash your hands first! Microbiologist Jennifer Gardy, who calls herself a disease detective, picks up her microscope to bring expert insight to the microbes that are all around us but are too small to see. Irreverent, playful and contagiously fun, this book explains a variety of germs and the diseases they cause, from the common cold to the Ebola virus.

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History, Geography & Culture

A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival
Written by Anne Renaud
Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2014
$9.95 PB 978-1-77050-215-4
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Canadian History | World War II | Canadian Tulip Festival

The Canadian Tulip Festival is an annual commemoration of courage, sacrifice and loss, symbolizing the special bond between Canada and the Netherlands that developed during the Second World War when Canadian troops played a key role in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. Complemented by poignant testimonies and 90 archival photographs, this book vividly brings a troubled time in history to life and is an inspiring account of international friendship.

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Canada in World War I: Outstanding Victories Create a Nation
(World War I: Remembering the Great War)
Written by Gordon Clarke
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2014
$29.36 LIB 978-0-7787-0327-3
$11.95 PB 978-0-7787-0392-1
$44.04 EB 978-1-4271-7498-7
IL: Ages 10-15 RL: Grade 5

Canada | World War I | War | Nation Building | History

Using archival photographs, short biographies, maps and interesting sidebars, this book describes Canada’s coming of age during WWI, on the battlefields and at home. Read about the incredible feats of flying ace Billy Bishop and the victories of Canadian “shock troops” in Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele that helped give Canada a presence on the world stage.

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Conquering Everest
(Crabtree Chrome)
Written by Natalie Hyde
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2014
$26.95 LIB 978-0-7787-1167-4
$11.95 PB 978-0-7787-1175-9
$40.43 EB 978-1-4271-8920-2
IL: Ages 11-14 RL: Grade 4

Mountains | Mountain Climbing | Mount Everest | Mystery

In 1924, mountaineer George Mallory attempted to conquer Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and was never seen again. This exciting book explores how the mystery of his disappearance fuelled an obsession by other climbers to reach the top, and how Everest has become a magnet for amateurs and tourists since being conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

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The Two Two-Eyed Potatoes: The Right to Choose a Best Friend
(The Charter for Children)
Written by Dustin Milligan
Illustrated by Cory Tibbits
Ottawa: DC Canada Education Publishing, 2014
$16.95 HC 978-1-926776-50-7
$11.95 PB 978-1-926776-49-1
IL: Ages 6-11 RL: Grades 2-3

Discrimination | Prejudice | Differences | Respect | Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

In a small warehouse, the potatoes are gearing up for the Potato Blossom Festival. The Best Friends Rule prohibits Taylor and Jordan from being best friends. The Potato Blossom Ball is approaching and Taylor wants to bring Jordan. Will the other potatoes open their hearts and allow the friendship to blossom? The Charter for Children series introduces children to the basic principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Where on Earth are Forests?
(Explore the Continents)
Written by Bobbie Kalman
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2014
$25.95 LIB 978-0-7787-0500-0
$10.95 PB 978-0-7787-0504-8
$38.93 EB 978-1-4271-8225-8
IL: Ages 5-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Forests | Biomes | Geography

Using maps, diagrams and photos, this book looks at forest biomes and different kinds of soil and climate that create diverse types of forests, from the rainforests in South America to boreal forests in North. Children will be able to locate different forests on each continent and to learn why forests are essential to all people and animals on Earth.

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Where on Earth are Rivers?
(Explore the Continents)
Written by Bobbie Kalman
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing, 2014
$25.95 LIB 978-0-7787-0502-4
$10.95 PB 978-0-7787-0506-2
$38.93 EB 978-1-4271-8227-2
IL: Ages 5-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Rivers | Geography | Water

Rivers change as they flow from their source, and their course shapes the land. Maps and diagrams, along with photographs, explain to young readers where rivers begin and end, which rivers are the longest and deepest, and why these sources of water are so vital to all living things on Earth.

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Mingan My Village
Written by Innu Schoolchildren
Illustrated by Rogé
Translated by Solange Messier
Markham, ON: Fifth House Publishers, 2014
$14.95 PB 978-1-92708-324-6
IL: Ages 8 and up RL: Grade 4

Innu | Poetry | Nature | First Nations

Listen to your heart. It speaks of our grandfathers and our grandmothers. This is a collection of 15 faces, and 15 poems written by young Innu schoolchildren. Given a platform for speaking out, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature. This title is also available in French as Mingan mon village.

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5 Elephants
(5 Animals)
Written by Rob Laidlaw
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55455-316-7
IL: Ages 10 and up RL: Grades 4-6

Elephants | Wildlife Protection | Social Action

To truly understand elephants, we must get to know them as individuals. Through the illuminating stories of five famous elephants, young readers will discover intriguing facts about elephants and be introduced to some of the serious challenges wild and captive elephants face. The book encourages kids to make a difference, to become Elephant Guardians by helping to protect elephants from extinction.

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Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home
(Orca Footprints)
Written by Michelle Mulder
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2014
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-0223-0
$19.95 EB 978-1-4598-0224-7
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Water | Sustainability | Environment | Innovation

In the developed world, we turn a tap for clean water; but for millions worldwide, finding clean water is a daily challenge, and kids are often responsible for carrying water to their families. This book looks at how the world’s water resources are at risk and the innovative ways nations and communities are finding to quench their thirst — from drinking fog in Chile to using biosand filters in Afghanistan. Every drop counts!

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The Fly
(Disgusting Critters)
Written and illustrated by Élise Gravel
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014
$12.99 HC 978-1-77049-636-1
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 1-3

Flies | Insects | Humour

This is the first in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures. It covers such topics as the hair on the fly’s body (requires a lot of shaving), its ability to walk on the ceiling (it’s hard to play soccer up there) and its disgusting taste in food (garbage juice soup). Silly and off-the-wall, this book contains real information to tie in with curriculum. This title is also available in French as La mouche.

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Shapes in Math, Science and Nature: Squares, Triangles and Circles
Written by Catherine Sheldrick Ross
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014
$24.95 HC 978-1-77138-124-6
IL: Ages 9-14 RL: Grades 4-6

Geometry | Math | Shapes

Blow cube-shaped bubbles! Ace paper-airplane making! Three books in the popular Shapes in Math, Science and Nature series, Squares, Triangles and Circles, are now available in one amazing compilation. With fun illustrations, informative text and fantastic hands-on activities and puzzles, young readers are introduced to the basics of geometry and discover its myriad applications at home, at school and everywhere in between!

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The Worm
(Disgusting Critters)
Written and illustrated by Élise Gravel
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014
$12.99 HC 978-1-77049-633-0
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 1-3

Worms | Humour | Invertebrates

Worms have been on this earth for 120 million years… and they’re disgusting! Although silly and off-the-wall with cartoon illustrations, this book contains real information about the worm’s habitats (sometimes they live inside other animals), its anatomy (its muscle tube is slimy and gross) and its importance to farmers and gardeners. This title is also available in French as Le ver.

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Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Alex Ries
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014
$18.95 HC 978-1-55453-971-0
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 3-5

Robots | Robotics | Technology | Artificial Intelligence

Science fiction comes to life in this riveting showcase of zoobots — robots inspired by animals! Today’s robot scientists are racing to develop robots based on actual animals. Meet Squeeze, an octobot based on the octopus; Sliver, a serpentine bot based on snakes, and 10 other fascinating robots. Intriguing and informative, this book will take young readers on a walk on the wild side of robotic engineering.

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Newmarket, ON: Brainspace Publishing Inc.
$24.95 one-year subscription (4 issues)
ISSN 2291-8930
IL: Ages 8-13 RL: —

Digital Technology | Curriculum Links | Stories | Nature | Science | Language | Activities

In Brainspace, technology and education meet in a print medium, offering smart and engaging articles covering topics from science and math to poetry and music. This magazine bridges the gap between print and digital technology to encourage expanded literacy by using “augmented reality,” which triggers video embedded in a print image on a mobile device. Each issue is packed with fun facts, lively photographs and artwork, as well as enough contests, activities and puzzles to challenge every reader. This is cool learning!

Toronto: Owlkids
$34.95 one-year subscription (10 issues)
ISSN 0707-4611
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: —

Stories | Nature | Science | Activities

From “Wonder Wheels” to “Go Art Crazy,” each themed issue of chickaDEE offers engaging and entertaining articles to satisfy its young readers’ insatiable thirst for knowledge and appetite for humour. Recognizing the growing independence of primary-aged children, it fosters their curiosity about and connections to the world around them. Filled with stories, interactive games and puzzles, animal features and science experiments, there are also regular segments of “Did You Know?”, “You Asked?”, “Mish Mash” and the comic adventures of “Daisy Dreamer.”

Toronto: Owlkids
$34.95 one-year subscription (10 issues)
ISSN 1206-4580
IL: Ages 3-6 RL: —

Reading Skills | Stories | Crafts | Activities

Made for little hands and growing minds, the silly jokes, appealing stories and interactive activities in Chirp are designed to inspire laughter and a love of learning. Young children join Chirp and his friends to explore themes such as “Forest Fun,” “Diggers and Dumpers” and “Fun With Art,” featuring lively stories and vibrant illustrations by Canada’s most talented authors and artists. Kid-friendly crafts and recipes using household materials and ingredients inspire lasting memories. Entertaining and engaging for children preparing for reading on their own.

Toronto: Owlkids
$34.95 one-year subscription (10 issues)
ISSN 0382-6627
IL: Ages 9-13 RL: —

Stories | Activities | Pop Culture

OWL provides pre-teen readers with appropriate and noteworthy information on topics and issues that concern them — from how to create your own comics or how to survive embarrassing moments, to eco-friendly inventions and learning the secret world of biometrics. Each issue is loaded with quizzes, comics, cool tech news, expert interviews, futuristic inventions, book and movie reviews, reader art and advice, contests and much more. Kids are also encouraged to join debates and make their voices heard.

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