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  • The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart
    The White Cat and the Monk (English, Hardback) Jo Ellen Bogart, Sydney Smith

    After spending a night studying his books, a monk reflects on his life and finds that he and his cat live equally simple lives, both in constant pursuit.

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  • The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis
    The Breadwinner Trilogy (English, Paperback) Deborah Ellis

    Deborah Ellis' trilogy has been a phenomenal success, both critically and commercially. Now young readers can experience this entire epic story in one volume. The Breadwinner is set in Afghanistan, where 11-year-old Parvana lives with her family in a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul. When her father is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, the family is left with no money or resources. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner. In Parvana's Journey, her father has died and the family has scattered. Parvana, now 13 years old, is determined to find them. Again masquerading as a boy, she joins a group of wandering children, all refugees from war, who exist mainly on courage. In Mud City, the focus shifts to 14-year-old Shauzia, who lives in the Widows' Compound in Pakistan and dreams of escaping to a new life in France. Deborah Ellis uses simple, compelling language, memorable characters, and a wealth of imaginative detail in this wrenching look at the human cost of war that is also a surprisingly hopeful story of survival.

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  • The Funeral by Matt James
    The Funeral (English, Hardback) Matt James

    A child's first experience of death involves love, laughter and some big questions about life.

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  • Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan
    Wanting Mor (English, Paperback) Rukhsana Khan

    Jameela lives with her mother and father in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that there is no school in their poor, war-torn village, and though Jameela lives with a birth defect that has left her with a cleft lip, she feels relatively secure, sustained by her unwavering faith and the strength of her beloved mother, Mor. But when Mor suddenly dies, Jameela's father impulsively decides to seek a new life in Kabul. Jameela, a devout Muslim, is appalled as her father succumbs to drink and drugs and then suddenly remarries, a situation that turns Jameela into a virtual slave to her demanding stepmother. When the stepmother discovers that Jameela is trying to learn to read, she urges her father to abandon the child in Kabul's busy marketplace. Throughout it all, it is the memory of Mor that anchors her and in the end gives Jameela the strength to face her father and stepmother when fate brings them into her life again.

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  • Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay
    Stella, Star of the Sea (English, Paperback) Marie-Louise Gay

    Stella and her little brother are spending the day at the sea. Stella has been to the sea before and knows all its secrets, but Sam has many questions. "Where do starfish come from? Does a catfish purr? Does a sea horse gallop?" Stella has an answer for them all. The only thing she isn't sure of is whether Sam will ever come into the water. Evocative watercolors bring a diaphanous day at the beach alive in this perfect summer story. Gently humorous, the book also captures the relationship between an older sister and her baby brother ? a responsibility that can be both lots of fun and very trying.

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  • Children of War by Deborah Ellis
    Children of War (English, Paperback) Deborah Ellis

    The United States and its allies invaded Iraq seven years ago. Today the country is still at war, and no one can claim that true democracy has come. Four million Iraqis have been displaced, and about half of them, unable to flee the country, are now living in remote tent camps without access to schools, health care, or often even food and clean water. In Children of War, a companion title to Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war ? Iraqi children. She interviews two dozen young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Their frank and harrowing stories reveal inspiring resilience as the children try to survive the consequences of a war in which they play no part.

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  • A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
    A Family Is a Family Is a Family (English, Hardback) Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng

    When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways ? but the same in the one way that matters most of all....

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  • The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina by Fatima Sharafeddine
    The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina (English, Hardback) Fatima Sharafeddine

    Details the life and accomplishments of Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, a medieval Persian philosopher and physician who is sometimes called "the Father of Modern Medicine" because of his teachings.

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  • Salsa by Jorge Argueta
    Salsa (Multiple languages, Paperback) Jorge Argueta, Duncan Tonatiuh

    In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while....

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  • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
    Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress (English, Hardback) Christine Baldacchino, Isabelle Malenfant

    Morris faces taunts and criticism when he wears an orange dress to school, but things begin to change for him after he uses his imagination to paint a fantastic picture that he shares with his classmates.

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  • Sidewalk Flowers by Jonarno Lawson
    Sidewalk Flowers (English, Hardback) Jonarno Lawson, Sydney Smith

    A little girl collects wildflowers while walking through town with her father.

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  • Skim by Mariko Tamaki
    Skim (English, Paperback) Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

    "Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school in the early '90s. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself ? possibly because he's (maybe) gay ? the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's what happens to Skim when she starts meeting secretly with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But then Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, and Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation while her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double-date for the school's semi formal. Suicide, depression, love, homosexuality, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers ? the whole gamut of teen life is explored in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being 16.

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  • I Have the Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres
    I Have the Right to Be a Child (English, Hardback) Alain Serres, Aurelia Fronty

    With a very simple text accompanied by rich, vibrant illustrations a young narrator describes what it means to be a child with rights ? from the right to food, water and shelter, to the right to go to school, to the right to be free from violence, to the right to breathe clean air, and much more. The book emphasizes that these rights belong to every child on the planet, whether they are ?black or white, small or big, rich or poor, born here or somewhere else.? It also makes evident that knowing and talking about these rights are the first steps toward making sure that they are respected. A brief afterword explains that the rights outlined in the book come from the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. The treaty sets out the basic human rights that belong to children all over the world, recognizing that children need special protection since they are more vulnerable than adults. It has been ratified by 193 countries, with the exception of Somalia and the United States. Once a country has ratified the document, they are legally bound to comply with it and to report on their efforts to do so. As a result, some progress has been made, not only in awareness of children's rights, but also in their implementation. But there are still many countries, wealthy and poor, where children's basic needs are not being met. To read a summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, go to

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  • I'm Glad That You're Happy by Nahid Kazemi
    I'm Glad That You're Happy (English, Hardback) Nahid Kazemi

    A charming, original story about a friendship between two plants.

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  • Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay
    Short Stories for Little Monsters (English, Hardback) Marie-Louise Gay

    This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day....

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  • Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
    Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (English, Paperback) Danielle Daniel

    Children's love for animals and disguise come together in this award-winning introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, now available in a large format paperback.

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  • Grandmother's Visit by Betty Quan
    Grandmother's Visit (English, Hardback) Betty Quan, Carmen Mok

    Grace says goodbye to Grandmother in this touching book about love and loss.

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  • Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
    Book Uncle and Me (English, Paperback) Uma Krishnaswami, Julianna Swaney

    Now available in paperback, Book Uncle and Me is an award-winning middle-grade novel about the power of grassroots activism and how kids can make a difference.

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  • And So It Goes by Paloma Valdivia
    And So It Goes (English, Hardback) Paloma Valdivia

    A simple, charming reflection on the cycle of life

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  • King's Daughter by Suzanne Martel
    King's Daughter (English, Paperback) Suzanne Martel

    Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award...

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