Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)

Adventure Day

Today is the day! Armani and her friends are going on a hike. What will they see? What adventures await? With Finn, Leola, Olive and their moms, they will soon all find out.The best is just around the bend, but they’ll have to get there first. Camping, Hiking, Adventure, Black, African Descent, Family

Last Stop on Market Street

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question …

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Hockey Night in Kenya

Kenyan orphans, Kitoo and Nigosi, spend their days studying, playing soccer, helping their elders with chores around the orphanage and reading from the limited selection of books in their library. When the librarian gives Kitoo a copy of Sports Around the World he becomes fascinated by an image of the Canadian national men’s ice hockey …

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Cooper’s Lesson

What could a biracial, bicultural child and a Korean grocer have in common? Much more than appearances might lead us – or them – to believe. Cooper feels that he does not belong in either the Korean or the white community, and he brings his frustration and anger to Mr. Lee’s market. Mr. Lee sees …

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My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for “star”) Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-O—who might also be her boyfriend—and her …

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Phyllis’s Orange Shirt

Phyllis’s Orange Shirt is an adaptation of The Orange Shirt Story which was the best-selling children’s book in Canada for several weeks in September 2018(Book manager). This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statutory holiday. When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go …

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7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an epic, four-part graphic novel. Illustrated in vivid colour, the story follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations. This compiled edition was originally published as a series of four graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact. Stone introduces Edwin, a young man who must …

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Kiviuq and the Mermaids

Kiviuq, one of the greatest and most important characters in Inuit mythology, is said to have travelled over land and sea overcoming obstacles and successfully defeating various fearsome foes. In Kiviuq and the Mermaids, young readers experience one of Kiviuq’s most heartpounding adventures: an encounter with a group of frightening mermaids. With only his qayaq …

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Sitti’s Secrets

A beautiful picture book about family and love across distance. Mona’s grandmother, her Sitti, lives in a small Palestinian village on the other side of the earth. Once, Mona went to visit her. They couldn’t speak each other’s language, so they made up their own. They learned about each other’s worlds, and they discovered each …

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