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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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  • Drive by Kellen Hatanaka
    Drive (English, Hardback) Kellen Hatanaka

    A road trip that takes readers into a big, wide world ? and into a small, narrow one, too! With the same sophisticated, minimalist design that characterizedWork: An Occupational ABC, Drive is an exploration of opposites. Any child (or adult) who has stared out the window of their family's car counting license plates and state lines will recognize the highs and lows of being on the road. Sit back,...

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  • The Mzungu Boy by Meja Mwangi
    The Mzungu Boy (English, Paperback) Meja Mwangi

    For Kariuki, life in a small village in Kenya is one great adventure. The best part of his day is the walk home from school, when he is free from both his bullying headmaster and his mother's long list of chores. The landscape around his village is beautifully wild, and Kariuki knows it well. One day Kariuki meets Nigel, a boy from England who has come to visit his grandfather, the fearsome Bwana Ruin, who owns the farm where the villagers work. The villagers call Nigel the mzungu boy (westerner), and view him with suspicion and fear, but not Kariuki. One day the boys decide to hunt down the meanest warthog in the forest. The hunt takes them deeper into the jungle than Kariuki has ever gone, and all at once his beloved forest becomes a frightening place. Dangerous creatures live in the jungle, including the mau-mau, the men with guns who are plotting against Bwana Ruin and the white soldiers. And when Nigel suddenly disappears, will Kariuki be able to save his friend? In this novel, the author captures a time of innocence, wild beauty, and the growing violence that eventually changed the entire structure of colonial Africa.

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

    The first book in Deborah Ellis's riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families, and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan. Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city. Parvana's father ? a history teacher until his school...

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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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  • Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz
    Town Is by the Sea (English, Hardback) Joanne Schwartz, Sydney Smith

    Throughout his day, a young boy thinks of his father who is working in the coal mine that is located underneath the ocean.

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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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  • 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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  • My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
    My Name is Seepeetza (English, Paperback) Shirley Sterling

    Her name was Seepeetza when she was at home with her family. But now that she's living at the Indian residential school her name is Martha Stone, and everything else about her life has changed as well. Told in the honest voice of a sixth grader, this is the story of a young Native girl forced to live in a world governed by strict nuns, arbitrary rules, and a policy against talking in her own dialect, even with her family. Seepeetza finds bright spots, but most of all she looks forward to summers and holidays at home.

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  • The Pot of Wisdom by Adwoa Badoe
    The Pot of Wisdom (English, Paperback) Adwoa Badoe, Baba Wague Diakite

    Drawing on the rich vein of traditional African stories featuring the spider Ananse, Ghanaian author Adwoa Badoe and Malian illustrator Baba Wagué Diakité bring young readers a marvelously witty and entertaining collection of ten tales about this legendary spider swindler. The tales deal with important issues that everyone faces ? justice, money, marriage, vanity, self-respect, and more ? but couch the heavy lessons in lively folktales. Ananse sometimes succeeds; other times he makes a fool of himself and is ashamed ? but never for long. Many elements of these stories can be found in other trickster tales, including those of African origin like the Uncle Remus stories and those of aboriginal American groups like the Native American coyote tales and the jaguar tales of Central and South America.

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  • The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta by Fatima Sharafeddine
    The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta (English, Hardback) Fatima Sharafeddine, Intelaq Mohammed Ali

    In 1325, when Ibn Battuta was just 21, he bid farewell to his parents in Tangier, Morocco, and embarked on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It was 30 years before he returned home, having seen much of the world. In this book he recalls his amazing journey and the fascinating people, cultures, and places he encountered. He traveled extensively, throughout Islamic lands and beyond ? from the Middle East to...

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  • As Long as the Rivers Flow by Larry Loyie
    As Long as the Rivers Flow (English, Paperback) Larry Loyie, Constance Brissenden

    Starting in the 1800s and continuing into the 20th century, First Nations children were forcibly taken to government-sponsored residential schools to erase their traditional languages and cultures. This moving book tells of one such child, author Larry Loyie, and his last summer with his Cree tribe. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl, watches his grandmother make winter moccasins, and sees her kill a huge grizzly with one shot. The sensitive text and Heather Holmlund's expressive illustrations beautifully capture the joy and drama of a First Nations family's last summer together.

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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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  • Africville by Shauntay Grant
    Africville (English, Hardback) Shauntay Grant, Eva Campbell

    A powerful reimagination of what it was like to live in Africville in the 1960s through the eyes of a young girl.

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  • Deep Underwater by Irene Luxbacher
    Deep Underwater (English, Hardback) Irene Luxbacher

    What secrets will Sophia discover at the bottom of the ocean?

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  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt
    Louis Undercover (English, Hardback) Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault

    A stunning graphic novel from the award-winning creators of Jane, the Fox and Me

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  • Nocturne by Isol
    Nocturne (English, Hardback) Isol

    Nocturne: Dream Recipes is a unique bedtime book that hints at the magic inherent in dreaming. Twelve glow-in-the dark pictures present possible inspirations for a night in which the hidden world becomes visible. Just choose a dream from among the pictures and descriptions in the book, and then turn off the light to see a surprising glow-in-the-dark image. Included are dreams such as the dream of going far away, the boring book dream, the dream of the cat who smelled the tuna casserole, and even the drawn dream (which children can create themselves). Once again Isol's extraordinary creativity and humor have produced a truly wonderful, very original book. Excerpt (from the back cover): A boring dream is a waste of a night! In this book you will find adventurous dreams, silly dreams, funny dreams, even slightly scary dreams. All you have to do is follow these instructions: Choose one of the dreams in the book after reading the titles and looking at the pictures. Before you go to sleep, open the book to the dream you've chosen, and place it on your night table under a bright light. Make sure you can see the picture when you are lying down. Turn out the light! You will see the luminous traces that the dream left behind on the page. Look for as long as you like, then close your eyes and follow the dream to its hiding place. This glow-in-the-dark book will make sure that no night is wasted. Sweet dreams!

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

    In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. "Written" by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of...

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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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  • My Name Is Parvana by Deborah Ellis
    My Name Is Parvana (English, Paperback) Deborah Ellis

    In this stunning sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana, now 15-years-old, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed, and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing...

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