Summer Reading List 2018

Summer is finally here! The CCBC has put together a list of great Canadian books, for kids and teens of all ages, for the 2018 summer holidays. The books featured in this list are starred selections from the Spring 2018 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens. All books listed can be purchased directly from the online booksellers linked below each book, from your local bookseller or from a wholesaler. Or, 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 Graphic Novels
Biography, Memoir & Speaking Out History, Geography & Culture Sports

 

Picture Books

5-Minute Hockey Stories
Written by Meg Braithwaite
Illustrated by Nick Craine
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
$17.99 HC 978-1-44345-398-1
179 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 11″
IL: Ages 4-9 RL: Grade 3

Join in the fun at the rink and on the ice with stories that are perfect for anytime! From the thrill of your first hockey game to scoring a golden goal, this book is packed with a dozen true stories of Canada’s game. Each story is just the right length for reading aloud in five minutes — ideal for young fans and future stars!

Hockey | Canada | Sports | Action

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The Antlered Ship
Written by Dashka Slater
Illustrated by Eric Fan and Terry Fan
New York: Beach Lane Books, 2017
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-4814-5160-4
$14.99 EB 978-1-4814-5161-1
40 pages, full-colour, 11 3/8″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

None of the other foxes share Marco’s curiosity. So, when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find other inquisitive foxes and answers to his questions about the world. The motley crew finds adventure, peril and possibility on their journey — and Marco discovers that finding friends is more important than finding answers!

Animals | Curiosity | Questions | Adventure | Journeys

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The Christmas Wind
Written by Stephanie Simpson McLellan
Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2017
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-0-88995-534-9
32 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 11 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-3

As Jo helps her sick mother and baby brother on a cold and windy Christmas Eve, the only shelter she can find is a barn owned by an unfriendly old farmer, Franklin Murdoch. Will Murdoch help the little family? This starkly beautiful story highlights the heroic spirit of a young girl and the generosity of a stranger — revealing the real spirit of Christmas.

Christmas | Kindness | Family | Bravery | Winter

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From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea
Written by Kai Cheng Thom
Illustrated by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching
Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017
$18.95 HC 978-1-55152-709-3
$12.99 EB 978-1-55152-710-9
40 pages, full-colour, 11 1/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Miu Lan can’t decide what to be: a boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star? In this picture book about gender, identity and the acceptance of differences, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same.

Gender Identity | Love | Acceptance | LGBTQ | Non-Binary Gender | Magic | Belonging

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The Heart’s Song
Written by Gilles Tibo
Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
Translated by Petra Johannson
Toronto: North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 2017
$16.99 HC 978-1-4431-5721-6
32 pages, full-colour, 9 3/4″ x 9 3/4″
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Children all over the neighbourhood flock to Miss Matilda as the trusted fixer of everything from broken toys to hurt feelings. When Miss Matilda suffers a loss of her own, the kids come together to mend her heart with songs, drawings, poems of hope and messages of love. This title is also available in French as Le grand coeur de madame Lili.

Community | Love | Friendship | Grief | Sadness | Kindness

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Hope and Survival: A Story of the Halifax Explosion
Written and illustrated by Laurie Swim
Lunenburg, NS: Art Quilt Publishing, 2017
$24.95 HC 978-0-9783548-3-1
46 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 9 and up RL: Grades 4-5

Artist Laurie Swim spent four years stitching a quilt that tells the story of the Halifax explosion and its aftermath. This beautiful and impactful picture book, with quilt-art illustrations, tells a fictional story woven together from true accounts of events on that fateful day. The experiences of 11-year-old Jess and her family remind readers of the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive.

Halifax Explosion | Survival | Family | Trauma | Disasters | Hope

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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
Written by Susan Verde
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017
$17.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4197-2701-6
$17.95 EB 978-1-6833-5128-3
32 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 1-2

Mindfulness means being fully present in the moment. From the same team that created I Am Yoga comes this gentle expression of the tenets of mindfulness. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Breathe, taste, smell, touch and be present. Features an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children.

Worries | Mindfulness | Meditation | Peace | Kindness

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I Love My Purse
Written by Belle DeMont
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Toronto: Annick Press, 2017
$21.95 HC 978-1-55451-954-5
$11.99 EB 978-1-55451-955-2
34 pages, full-colour, 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-9 RL: Grades 2-3

Charlie loves the bright red purse his grandma gave him. When he brings it to school, though, everyone questions him on his “strange” choice. But nothing his dad, his friend Charlotte or even the older kids say can make Charlie change his mind. He’s sticking with his purse. And before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him!

Gender Roles | Self-Expression | Acceptance | Nonconformity

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Letters to a Prisoner
Storyline and illustrations by Jacques Goldstyn
Translated by Angela Keenlyside
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2017
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77147-251-7
44 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 8 and up RL: n/a

Inspired by Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign, this wordless book is a powerful ode to freedom of expression and a testament to the power of individual action. A man is arrested during a peaceful protest and imprisoned. He is losing hope when letters of support start flowing in — and the prisoner escapes in an unexpected way. This title is also available in French as Le prisonnier sans frontières.

Social Justice | Protests | Letter Writing | Hope | Human Rights | Solidarity

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The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain
Written by Carolyn Huizinga Mills
Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2017
$18.95 HC 978-1-55455-395-2
32 pages, full-colour, 10 1/4″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Sally is lonely — her parents are busy, her big sisters won’t play with her and the baby just cries. So, when she learns about the little boy who lived down the drain, she is thrilled. Sally talks to him every bath time and he just listens. Then, one day, the boy offers some advice that changes everything for the better!

Growing Up | Family | Imaginary Friends | Loneliness | Imagination

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Me and You and the Red Canoe
Written by Jean E. Pendziwol
Illustrated by Phil
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017
$18.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-55498-847-1
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-848-8
32 pages, full-colour, 9″ x 9″
IL: Ages 7 and up RL: Grade 3

In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds as they trail a lure through the blue-green water. Paddling around a point, they see a moose in the shallows, a beaver swimming and an eagle flying.

Verse | Natural World | Siblings | Fishing | Wildlife | Summer

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My Beautiful Birds
Written and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2017
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77278-010-9
32 pages, full-colour, 8 3/8″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Fleeing from a home destroyed in the Syrian Civil War, Sami is consumed with worry about his pet pigeons left behind. Even in the relative safety of a refugee camp, the boy struggles to adjust, shattered by thoughts of what he has lost. One day, when new birds fly into the camp, Sami, at last, begins the long road to healing.

Refugees | Displacement | Loss | Grief | Syria | Refugee Camps | Hope | Birds

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My Wounded Island
Written by Jacques Pasquet
Illustrated by Marion Arbona
Translated by Sophie B. Watson
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2017
$19.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-1565-0
$4.99 EB 978-1-4598-1567-4
32 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grade 3

The rising sea level is altering the lives of the Iñupiat people on the island of Sarichef. Forced to move their house inland for safety, a young girl and her family wrestle with a creature intent on devouring them. What will be lost when they are forced to abandon their island and their community? This title is also available in French as Mon île blessée.

Climate Change | Displacement | Alaska | Inupiat | Inuit | Community | Loss

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A Pattern for Pepper
Written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2017
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-101-91756-5
$11.99 EB 978-1-101-91758-9
40 pages, full-colour, 9 3/8″ x 11 3/4″
IL: Ages 5-9 RL: Grade 3

Pepper is getting a new dress for a special occasion — and it’s going to be made just for her! She wants it to be perfect, but what pattern is right for her? Toile? Too busy. Pinstripe? Too glum. Tartan? Too loud. Young readers take a journey through beautiful textiles and learn about their origins while searching for Pepper’s perfect pattern!

Textiles | Textures | Patterns | Dressmaking | Sewing

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Picture the Sky
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
Toronto: North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 2017
$19.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4431-6302-6
30 pages, full-colour, 10 3/8″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 1-2

The sky tells many stories: in the clouds, in the stars, in the imagination. In lyrical text and brilliantly coloured Plasticine illustrations, renowned artist Barbara Reid brings her unique vision to the sky above us and around us, in all its moods. Picture the sky. How do you feel? This title is also available in French as Imagine le ciel.

Imagination | Whimsy | Moods | Emotions | Nature

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Shelter
Written by Céline Claire
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Translated by Yvette Ghione
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2017
$18.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77138-927-3
$9.99 EB 978-1-77138-983-9
40 pages, full-colour, 8 1/2″ x 11″
IL: Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 2-3

As a blizzard approaches, two strangers emerge from the fog enveloping the forest. From inside their cozy homes, the animal families fearfully wonder: Who are these strangers? What do they want? Desperate for shelter, the strangers go to each home, hopeful someone will take them in. Will anyone help? This title is also available in French as L’abri.

Generosity | Kindness | Compassion | Animals

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Stolen Words
Written by Melanie Florence
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2017
$17.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77260-037-7
24 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 6-9 RL: Grades 2-3

When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language — Cree — he explains how his language was stolen from him when he was taken to residential school. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This title is also available in French as Les mots volés.

Residential Schools | Intergenerational Relationships | Language | Indigenous Peoples | Loss | Reclamation

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When the Moon Comes
Written by Paul Harbridge
Illustrated by Matt James
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2017
$21.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-101-91777-0
$11.99 EB 978-1-101-91778-7
40 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 12 1/4″
IL: Ages 4-12 RL: Grades 2-3

The beaver flood has finally frozen — perfect ice, without a bump or a ripple. The kids in town wait impatiently for the right moment. Finally, it arrives: the full moon. They huff and puff through logging trails, farms, back roads and tamarack swamps, the powdery snow soaking pant legs and boots, until they see it — their perfect ice, waiting. And the game is on.

Hockey | Winter | Natural World | Rituals

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Early Chapter Books

The Greatest Gift
(Heartwood Hotel, Book 2)
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2017
$16.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44344-396-8
$11.99 EB 978-1-44344-398-2
161 pages, b&w, 5 5/8″ x 8″
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Mona has finally found a home: The Heartwood Hotel. Following the St. Slumber celebration, most guests have settled in to hibernate, but staff are busy with a fussy guest and strange food thefts. Mona is trying to make a special gift while also solving the mystery of the disappearing food. Along the way, she finds help in some of the most unexpected places.

Determination | Helping Others | Friendship | Kindness | Adventure | Animals

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Slug Days
Written by Sara Leach
Illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2017
$17.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77278-022-2
116 pages, b&w, 6″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 2-3

On slug days, Lauren feels slow and slimy. Everyone yells at her and she has no friends. But on butterfly days, the world is full of good things — like making classmates laugh or getting ice cream. For Lauren, who has autism spectrum disorder, school friendships have always been a challenge, until she discovers that being different makes her exactly the friend a brand-new classmate needs.

Autism | Differences | Coping Strategies | Friendship | Family | Emotions

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A True Home
(Heartwood Hotel, Book 1)
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
$16.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-44344-393-7
$11.99 EB 978-1-44344-395-1
162 pages, b&w, 5 3/4″ x 8″
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Mona the mouse stumbles across the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm and desperately hopes to stay. As it happens, Mona is precisely the maid they need at Fernwood’s grandest hotel, where forest animals come for safety, luxury and comfort. But danger lurks nearby and Mona must use all her wits to protect the place she’s beginning to think of as home.

Whimsy | Animals | Belonging | Courage | Kindness | Adventure

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Under-the-Bed Fred
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Colin Jack
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2017
$16.99 HC 978-1-77049-553-1
$10.99 EB 978-1-77049-555-5
63 pages, full-colour, 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
IL: Ages 6-8 RL: Grades 2-3

The monster under Leo’s bed is a problem. Once he’s in bed, Leo is trapped! He can’t even go to the bathroom because the monster is there. Finally, Leo gets tired of being scared and makes a deal with the monster. Surprisingly, Leo learns that even monsters have fears! Leo and his monster Fred team up to face their fears, each with his own unique strengths.

Monsters | Friendship | Fears | Humour | Bullying

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

The Assassin’s Curse
(Blackthorn Key, Book 3)
Written by Kevin Sands
New York: Aladdin, 2017
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-1-5344-0523-3
$11.99 EB 978-1-5344-0525-7
532 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Wherever Christopher Rowe goes, adventure — and murder — follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin! When Christopher discovers the attacker’s true target, he and his friends are ordered to Paris to investigate an ancient curse on the French throne. Now Christopher, Tom and Sally are in a race to find a hidden treasure — before someone else is murdered!

Adventure | Mystery | Espionage | Historical Fiction | Friendship

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A Blinding Light
Written by Julie Lawson
Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2017
$14.95 PB 978-1-77108-541-0
$8.99 EB 978-1-77108-545-8
264 pages, 5 1/4″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 3-4

December 6, 1917, Halifax. Twelve-year-old Livy and her older brother, Will, still mourning the loss of their father, are in separate parts of the city when there is a flash of light, thunder from underground and then an explosion. Instantly, Halifax is unrecognizable. Alone in the dark, destroyed city, can the siblings find each other? Where is their mother? How will they rebuild their shattered lives?

Siblings | Halifax Explosion | Tragedy | Social Classes | Loss | Resilience | Historical Fiction

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Chase
Written by Linwood Barclay
Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2017
$18.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-14-319875-8
$12.99 PB 978-0-14-319877-2
$10.99 EB 978-0-14-319876-5
231 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grade 3

Chipper is on the run from a sinister organization determined to bury the truth about what he really is. Jeff is a 12-year-old orphan living with his unkind aunt and working at her fishing camp. When Chipper and Jeff’s paths collide, they find themselves tangled up in a dangerous game of chase. Can Chipper keep them both alive? After all, he is only a dog…

Action | Adventure | Dogs | Friendship | Computer Technology | Suspense

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Clutch
Written by Heather Camlot
Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2017
$12.95 PB 978-0-88995-548-6
240 pages, 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 4-5

In 1946, in Montreal, 12-year-old Joey just wants to get his family out of his poor Jewish neighbourhood. All he needs is money, and he’s got plenty of ideas on how to get it. Across town, Jackie Robinson is playing for the Montreal Royals — and he’s going to change the world. If Jackie can do it, then so can a poor Jewish kid from the Plateau.

Historical Fiction | Friendship | Loss | Montreal | Judaism | Baseball | Jackie Robinson

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Sit
Written by Deborah Ellis
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017
$14.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77306-086-6
$9.95 PB 978-1-77306-110-8
$12.95 EB 978-1-77306-087-3
139 pages, 5″ x 7 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 5-6

In this eloquent collection, nine different children find themselves in difficult situations. In each story, a child makes a decision and takes action, be it a tiny gesture or a life-altering choice. These children, from a child labourer to a young offender, find the courage to face their situations in ways large and small.

Choices | Injustice | Short Stories | Hope | Resilience | Self-Reliance

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Sled Dog School
Written by Terry Lynn Johnson
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
$23.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-544-87331-5
$20.99 EB 978-1-328-82893-4
198 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Eleven-year-old Matt feels most comfortable working and playing with his rowdy team of dogs. So when he has to set up his own business as a math project, Matt’s Sled Dog School is born! Teaching dogsledding should be easy! But people, like dogs, can be unpredictable. And sometimes the bravest thing a person can do is admit they need help.

Dogsledding | Friendship | Dogs | Problem Solving | Bullying | Off-Grid | Coming of Age

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The Theory of Hummingbirds
Written by Michelle Kadarusman
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2017
$17.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77278-027-7
$11.95 PB 978-1-77278-035-2
158 pages, 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Levi, who has a theory for everything, has been Alba’s best friend since forever. Alba was born with a left foot — which she calls Cleo — that is “directionally challenged” and now, after a final surgery, the last cast is coming off and Alba is determined to run in the sixth-grade cross-country race. Her decision causes a falling-out with Levi, who is preoccupied with wormholes.

Differences | Disabilities | Friendship | Family | Challenges | Hummingbirds

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The Things Owen Wrote
Written by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017
$14.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-77306-029-3
$12.95 EB 978-1-77306-030-9
176 pages, 5 1/4″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Owen is an A student and an avid photographer, but when he makes a big mistake, he fears disappointing his entire family. When his granddad surprises him with a trip to Iceland, Owen grabs it. But once in Iceland, things start spiralling out of control. Why does Owen’s granddad seem so confused and forgetful? And can Owen really hide the truth?

Alzheimer’s Disease | Responsibility | Iceland | Poetry | Intergenerational Relationships | Growing Up

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Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo)

Camped Out
(Orca Currents)
Written by Daphne Greer
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2017
$9.95 PB 978-1-4598-1541-4
$7.99 EB 978-1-4598-1543-8
129 pages, 4 1/4″ x 7″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 4-5

Max knows his mom can’t afford to send him to summer camp, but he really needs a break from looking after his autistic brother, Duncan. When his mom says that he can go after all, there’s a catch. There are spots available at the camp for families with special needs, and Max could attend at no charge — if he goes as Duncan’s companion.

Summer Camp | Siblings | Autism | Loss | Grief | Responsibility

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Stick Pick
(Sports Stories)
Written by Steven Sandor
Toronto: James Lorimer, 2017
$12.95 PB 978-1-4594-1219-4
$8.95 EB 978-1-4594-1221-7
127 pages, 5″ x 7 3/4″
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 4-5

On the way home from leading her team to victory at the provincial championships, Janine is in a car accident that leaves her paralyzed. Her friend Rowena encourages her to try sledge hockey and offers to play alongside her. Janine takes on the challenge and also starts speaking up about the rights of disabled people — taking her cause to the professional hockey arena.

Sledge Hockey | Accessibility | Friendship | Loyalty | Disabilities | Challenges

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Young Adult Fiction

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Written by Vicki Grant
Philadelphia, PA: Running Press Teens, 2017
$23.49 HC (jacket) 978-0-7624-6318-3
$12.99 EB 978-0-7624-6319-0
288 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Two random strangers with two heartbreaking secrets. Thirty-six questions to make them fall in love. Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for joining the university psychology study that asks the simple question: Can love be engineered? By the time they make it to the end, they’ve driven each other almost crazy. But have they fallen in love?

Experiments | Secrets | Family | Romance | Social Media | Humour

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The Agony of Bun O’Keefe
Written by Heather Smith
Toronto: Penguin Teen Canada, 2017
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-14-319865-9
$11.99 EB 978-0-14-319866-6
216 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

It’s Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O’Keefe has lived a shuttered, lonely life with her negligent mother, who is a hoarder. One day, Bun’s mother tells her to leave, so she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother’s house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family — a family of friends who care.

Abuse | Forgiveness | Homelessness | Friendship | Family | Loss | Racism

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The Authentics
Written by Abdi Nazemian
New York: Balzer & Bray, 2017
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-06-248646-2
$11.99 EB 978-0-06-248668-4
282 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Iranian-American Daria Esfandyar is proud of her heritage. She and her friends think of themselves as the “realest” kids in school. But when Daria learns something shocking about her past, she starts on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. As everything in her life starts spinning out of control, can she figure out how to stay true to herself?

Self-Discovery | Secrets | Identity | Belonging | Family | Adoption | Culture | Diversity

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Caterpillars Can’t Swim
Written by Liane Shaw
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2017
$13.95 PB 978-1-77260-053-7
$8.99 EB 978-1-77260-054-4
246 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
IL: Ages 13-17 RL: Grades 8-9

Ryan finds freedom in the water, where he isn’t bound by gravity and his wheelchair. He never imagined he’d become a hero by saving a schoolmate from drowning. For Jack, water promises a more permanent escape from being dogged by rumours about his sexuality. He’s terrified about coming out. Ryan saves Jack’s life, but also keeps his secret… and their friendship leads them in unexpected directions.

Disabilities | LGBTQ | Sexuality | Friendship | Self-Acceptance | Coming Out | Prejudice

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Ghost Boys
Written by Shenaaz Nanji
Toronto: Mawenzi House Publishers, 2017
$18.95 PB 978-1-988449-13-5
182 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Fifteen-year-old Munna leaves his poor family in India and is sold to the Sheikh’s camel farm, where he must train young camel jockeys to compete in the Gold Sword race. The boys are smuggled from poor countries, living in cramped conditions and deprived of food. As trapped as they are, can Munna find a way to end the slavery of the young camel jockeys?

Human Trafficking | Camel Jockeys | Abuse | India | Freedom | Poverty | Responsibility

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The Lives of Desperate Girls
Written by MacKenzie Common
Toronto: Penguin Teen Canada, 2017
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-14-319871-0
$11.99 EB 978-0-14-319872-7
300 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

In a small, unforgiving town in northern Ontario, two girls have gone missing. While police search for rich, white Chloe, the murder of Helen, a Native girl from the rez, goes almost unremarked. Chloe’s best friend, Jenny, knows exactly how unforgiving her town is, but she’s keeping her own dangerous secrets. Jenny wants answers about Helen’s murder, but is she complicit in the conspiracy of silence?

Northern Ontario | Small Towns | Racism | Indigenous Peoples | Murder | Mystery | Secrets

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The Mosaic
Written by Nina Berkhout
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017
$18.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-55498-985-0
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-986-7
267 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Twyla Lee needs 40 hours of community service in order to graduate and get out of her military hometown of Halo, Montana. Gabriel Finch is a reclusive Marine, a young veteran of Middle Eastern conflicts who holes up in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo on his family farm. The two form an unexpected bond as Twyla unearths the secrets that have left Gabriel battling ghosts.

PTSD | Secrets | Friendship | Honour | Courage | Self-Discovery | Coming of Age | Art

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Prince of Pot
Written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017
$16.95 HC (jacket) 978-1-55498-944-7
$14.95 EB 978-1-55498-946-1
210 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Isaac’s life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, a bear named Hazel guards the property and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret. Then Isaac falls in love with unpredictable and needy Sam, the daughter of a cop. For a while, he hopes he can have it all, until one disastrous night puts everything at risk.

Family | Secrets | Grow-Ops | Marijuana | Romance | Coming of Age | Choices

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These Things I’ve Done
Written by Rebecca Phillips
New York: HarperTeen, 2017
$21.99 HC (jacket) 978-0-06-257090-1
$11.99 EB 978-0-06-257093-2
334 pages, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

BEFORE: Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable friends since sixth grade. Dara is the fearless one, Aubrey the prodigy, yet, despite their differences, they support each other unconditionally. AFTER: It’s been 15 months since the accident that killed Aubrey. Now, after spending a year away from home, Dara, still racked with guilt, is back at her high school to start her senior year.

Forgiveness | Self-Acceptance | Responsibility | Loss | Grief | Friendship

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Tracker’s Canyon
Written by Pam Withers
Toronto: Dundurn, 2017
$12.99 PB 978-1-4597-3963-5
$8.99 EB 978-1-4597-3965-9
180 pages, 5″ x 8″
IL: Ages 12-15 RL: Grades 7-8

Tristan is one of the best climbers and trackers around. But when his father disappears, leaving his mother grief-stricken, Tristan’s life goes into freefall. He sets off in search of his father — only to realize that someone may be out to get him. But who’s stalking whom, and is Tristan up to the dangerous game playing out in the deep, shadowy canyon?

Family | Mental Illness | Grief | Loss | Canyoneering | Adventure | Mystery | Deception

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The Winnowing
Written by Vikki VanSickle
Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2017
$10.99 PB 978-1-4431-4886-3
$10.99 EB 978-1-4431-4887-0
308 pages, 5 1/4″ x 8 3/8″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Marivic Stone lives in a town famous for a medical discovery that saved humankind. Now everyone undergoes a secret procedure called the winnowing, an inevitable — and dangerous — rite of adolescence. No one who experiences the winnowing remembers anything about it, but Marivic and her best friend, Saren, are determined to learn the truth. What they uncover could change the world forever — if they survive.

Dystopia | Alternate Realities | Courage | Conspiracy | Death | Family | Science Fiction

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Graphic Novels

Escape from Syria
Written by Samya Kullab
Illustrated by Jackie Roche
Colour by Mike Freiheit
Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2017
$19.95 HC 978-1-77085-982-1
96 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

From Samya Kullab, a Canadian reporter based in the Middle East, comes this harrowing and timely tale of courage and determination. Amina narrates her family’s odyssey after their home in Aleppo is destroyed. They must endure refugee camps, risk ocean crossings and escape the terror of jihadist militias in order to reach safety in Canada. A gripping portrait of an ongoing worldwide crisis.

Syria | Courage | Survival | War | Hope | Conflict | Violence | Refugees | Family

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Louis Undercover
Written by Fanny Britt
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017
$19.95 HC 978-1-55498-859-4
$16.95 EB 978-1-55498-860-0
153 pages, full-colour, 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″
IL: Ages 10-14 RL: Grades 5-6

Meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie. A beautifully illustrated, true-to-life portrayal of just how complex family relationships can be, seen through the eyes of a wise, sensitive boy who manages to find his own way forward. This title is also available in French as Louis parmi les spectres.

Friendship | Siblings | Broken Families | Alcoholism | Emotions | First Love | Hope

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Past is Prologue: Juliet
(Kill Shakespeare, Volume 5)
Written by Conor McCreery
Illustrated by Corin Howell
Colour by Shari Chankhamma and Alex Lillie
San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, 2017
$23.99 PB
128 pages, full-colour, 6 5/8″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

It is five months after the death of Romeo, and an angry, heartbroken Juliet still mourns. When a second death, this time a murder, strikes close to her heart, the young woman must work to uncover who the murderer is — lest she become the next victim. Juliet is a perfect entry point for new readers to the Kill Shakespeare universe.

Murder | Romeo & Juliet | Grief | Deception | Revenge

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Biography

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Toronto: Annick Press, 2017
$19.95 HC 978-1-55451-958-3
$14.95 PB 978-1-55451-957-6
$13.99 EB 978-1-55451-959-0
109 pages, full-colour, 8 1/2″ x 11″
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grade 8

What is it like to be an Indigenous woman or girl today? In this compelling collection of art, essays, poems and interviews, more than 50 contemporary artists come together to shatter stereotypes, reveal hurt from the past and celebrate hope for the future. This compilation showcases the strength, diversity and talent of Native American girls and women.

Indigenous Girls & Women | Identity | Acceptance | Community | Stereotypes | Diversity | Resilience

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History, Geography & Culture

The Elephant Keeper: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia
(CitizenKid)
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Pedro Covo
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2017
$19.99 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-77138-561-9
$9.99 EB 978-1-77138-944-0
48 pages, full-colour, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″
IL: Ages 7 and up RL: Grades 3-4

Teenaged Aaron saves a baby elephant from drowning in a swimming pool at the resort where he works. The rescued baby is brought to an elephant orphanage and named Zambezi. Aaron, who had believed elephants were dangerous to people, is offered a job at the orphanage, where he discovers a bond of friendship with Zambezi and his lifelong vocation as an elephant keeper.

Elephants | Zambia | Africa | Wildlife Protection | Poaching | Endangered Species | Compassion | Wildlife Rescue

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Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation
Written by Monique Gray Smith
Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2017
$29.95 HC (jacket & PLC) 978-1-4598-1583-4
$9.99 EB 978-1-4598-1585-8
159 pages, full-colour, 7 7/8″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 10 and up RL: Grades 5-6

Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of survivors and learn from the allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.

Reconciliation | Resilience | Respect | Canada | Indigenous Peoples | Canadian History | Allies

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Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People
Written by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger
Toronto: Annick Press, 2017
$24.95 HC 978-1-55451-944-6
$16.95 PB 978-1-55451-943-9
$16.99 EB 978-1-55451-945-3
116 pages, full-colour, 7 1/2″ x 9 1/4″
IL: Ages 9 and up RL: Grades 5-6

Native legend has it that the Americas were formed on the back of a turtle. This book fills a gap in history by going back as far as the Ice Age to explore what life might have been like for North America’s Indigenous people thousands of years pre-contact. What was life like for the earliest peoples? And how did life change with the arrival of the Europeans?

Indigenous Peoples | Pre-Contact | Archaeology | Mythology | Imagination | Americas

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Sports

Basketballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew
Written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
Toronto: Annick Press, 2017
$17.95 HC 978-1-55451-932-3
$12.95 PB 978-1-55451-931-6
$12.99 EB 978-1-55451-933-0
91 pages, full-colour, 8 1/2″ x 11″
IL: Ages 9 and up RL: Grade 4

Die-hard fans and casual spectators alike will want to get their hands on this book of fascinating basketball facts. Find out about the origins of basketball, how much players are paid, the evolution of the basketball shoe and the secret for hitting a perfect shot. Lots of humorous illustrations and a fun trivia quiz make this book a slam dunk.

Basketball | Basketball Statistics | Basketball Trivia

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