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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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay
    Stella, Queen of the Snow (English, Paperback) Marie-Louise Gay

    Winter was never so magical as in this marvelous book about Stella and Sam discovering a familiar landscape transformed by a heavy snowfall. Sam makes his very first snowstorm, and, as usual, he has lots of questions: Where do snowmen sleep? Can you eat a snowflake? Do snow angels sing? Older and bolder, Stella knows all the answers, and she delights in showing Sam the many pleasures of a beautiful winter's day. Young readers are enchanted as Stella and Sam build a gigantic snowman, then they go skating and sledding and make beautiful snow angels in a fluffy, white, magical, and wondrous world.

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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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  • Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano
    Tokyo Digs a Garden (English, Hardback) Jon-Erik Lappano, Kellen Hatanaka

    Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family's house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?...

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  • Mary Anning's Curiosity by Monica Kulling
    Mary Anning's Curiosity (English, Hardback) Monica Kulling

    A fictionalized retelling of the childhood of Mary Anning, one of the world's greatest fossilists.

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

    Born in Persia more than a thousand years ago, Ibn Sina was one of the greatest thinkers of his time ? a philosopher, scientist and physician who made significant discoveries, especially in the field of medicine, and wrote more than one hundred books. As a child, Ibn Sina was extremely bright, a voracious reader who loved to learn and was fortunate to have the best teachers. He memorized the...

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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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  • 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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  • Shin-Chi's Canoe by Nicola I Campbell
    Shin-Chi's Canoe (English, Hardback) Nicola I Campbell, Kim Lafave

    When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko reminds Shinchi, her six-year-old brother, that they can only use their English names and that they can't speak to each other. For Shinchi, life becomes an endless cycle of church mass, school, and work, punctuated by skimpy meals. He finds solace at the river, clutching a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from his father, and dreaming of the day when the salmon return to the river ? a sign that it's almost time to return home. This poignant story about a devastating chapter in First Nations history is told at a child's level of understanding.

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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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  • Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay
    Stella, Fairy of the Forest (English, Paperback) Marie-Louise Gay

    Stella's little brother, Sam, wonders whether fairies are invisible. Stella assures him that she has seen hundreds of them and says that if she and Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, they are likely to find some. So begins another adventure of Stella, the irrepressible redhead, and her slightly apprehensive little brother. But Sam surprises Stella and himself by having a few ideas of his own ? ideas that ensure a wonderful end to a perfect day in the woods.

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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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  • The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin
    The Black Book of Colors (English, Hardback) Menena Cottin, Rosana Faria

    Living with the use of one's eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers. This extraordinary title gives young readers the ability to experience the world in a new way.

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