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

    Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom's dress-up center. The children in Morris's class don't understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn't welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don't wear dresses. One day when Morris feels all alone...

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  • The Breadwinner Trilogy
    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 White Cat and the Monk
    The White Cat and the Monk (English, Hardback) Jo Ellen Bogart

    A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant...

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  • Looking for X
    Looking for X (English, Paperback) Deborah Ellis

    Smart and independent, 11-year-old Khyber lives with her mom, Tammy, a former stripper, and her autistic twin brothers in a poor Toronto neighborhood. Though she doesn't have a lot in common with her classmates, Khyber does have wonderfully eccentric friends: Valerie, Toronto's meanest waitress, and X, a homeless woman in hiding from ?the secret police.? Despite having to deal with pompous social workers who make her mother cry and ignorant kids who make remarks about her brothers, Khyber manages to enjoy herself, poring over atlases, planning exotic journeys, and taking peanut butter sandwiches to X. But when Tammy decides to move her sons to a group home for proper care, Khyber's world starts to crumble. She fights with her mom and then gets expelled from school. To make matters worse, X suddenly disappears. Khyber sets out to find her in a wild all-night odyssey of self-discovery.

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  • What Do You Want?
    What Do You Want? (English, Board book) Lars Klinting

    Every now and then a perfect baby book appears. What Do You Want? is just such a book, with its simple text and beautiful illustrations by Sweden's renowned author and illustrator Lars Klinting. We turn from page to page wondering what will come next, each time finding an answer that is a tiny bit unexpected, but also very satisfying. Babies will love this book with its familiar images and little surprises. Delightful in its simplicity, Klinting's classic style shines in this timeless publication, reminiscent of the Golden Age of the picture book.

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  • The King of the Birds
    The King of the Birds (English, Hardback) Acree Graham Macam

    In this picture book, inspired by the life of Flannery O'Connor, a young fan of fowl brings home a peacock to be the king of her collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl goes to great lengths to encourage the peacock to display his plumage she throws him a party, lets him play in the fig tree, feeds him flowers and stages a parade all to no avail....

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  • Stella, Star of the Sea
    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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  • Sidewalk Flowers
    Sidewalk Flowers (English, Hardback) Jonarno Lawson

    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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  • Amazonia
    Amazonia (English, Hardback) Daniel Munduruku, Nikolai Popov

    Amazonia is an extraordinary book of Brazilian folk tales that combines the authentic voice of Munduruku, an Indian who grew up in the Amazon rainforest, with the imagined Amazon of Russia’s foremost children’s book illustrator. Mermaids, serpents, tigers, snakes, flying men, witches ? extraordinary creatures from the world’s most important jungle live on in these tales. The stories are fascinating, and sometimes startling, as protagonists are killed off or transformed into animals ? or rise up precipitously into the heavens. More than just rollicking adventures, they offer a panorama of experience ? conflict and death, love and seduction, greed and gluttony, hunting and fishing, cooking and caring for plants ? and describe the origins of the natural world. Munduruku’s storytelling and Popov’s imagination bring us the tales of the people of the Amazon in all their magic wonder.

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

    Mary Anning, considered the world's greatest fossilist, discovered her first big find at the age of twelve. This novel is an imaginative re-creation of her childhood....

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  • Un Barrilete / Barrilete
    Un Barrilete / Barrilete (Multiple languages, Paperback) Elisa Amado

    In Guatemala, there is a village called Santiago Sacatepéquez. It is a very small but famous place because once a year, on the day of the Day of the Dead, the people of Santiago fly some of the biggest kites in the world. As large as seven meters (twenty-three feet) wide, they fill the sky over the cemetery with brilliant colors. Juan and his brothers always helped their grandfather build the kite for the Day of the Dead. But their grandfather has recently died, and the boys must carry on the tradition on their own. This beautifully photographed book shows us the village of Santiago and tells us Juan's story as he gathers the materials, builds the kite and, finally, flies it with this help of his friends.

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  • Money Boy
    Money Boy (English, Hardback) Paul Yee

    Ray Liu knows he should be happy. He lives in a big suburban house with all the latest electronic gadgets, and even finds plenty of time to indulge in his love of gaming. He needs the escape. It's tough getting grades that will please his army veteran father, when speaking English is still a struggle. And he can't quite connect with his gang at high school ? immigrants like himself but who seem to have adjusted to North American life more easily. Then comes his father accesses Ray's internet account, and discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites. Before Ray knows what has hit him, his belongings have been thrown on the front lawn, and he has been kicked out. Angry, defiant, Ray heads to downtown Toronto. In short order he is robbed, beaten up and seduced, and he learns the hard realities of life on the street. Could he really sell himself for sex? Lots of people use their bodies to make money ? athletes, actors, models, pop singers. If no one gets hurt, why should anyone care?

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  • The Shepherd's Granddaughter
    The Shepherd's Granddaughter (English, Paperback) Anne Laurel Carter

    Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron. But now Amani's family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As Amani struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his father. Away from the pressures of their families, and despite their differences, the two young people discover a secret meadow where Amani can graze her sheep. A moving novel about one of the most hotly disputed pieces of land on earth.

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  • Stella, Princess of the Sky
    Stella, Princess of the Sky (English, Paperback) Marie-Louise Gay

    When Stella's brother, Sam, cries "Stella! Stella! Look! The sky is on fire!" the pair begin a new adventure exploring the wonders of the natural world. A vast, luminous sky, the sun, the stars, and the rising moon form the backdrop for their nocturnal expedition. As they encounter raccoons, fireflies, tree frogs, and bats, Sam wonders if the moon can swim, if the sun wears pajamas, or if he can catch shooting stars with his butterfly net. Stella, as always, has an answer for every question. Marie-Louise Gay delights readers once again with this whimsical, tender, and humorous book that captures perfectly the freshness of young children discovering the world.

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  • I Know Here
    I Know Here (English, Hardback) Laurel Croza

    The little girl in this story lives in a trailer near a forest in Saskatchewan, where her father is building a dam. She knows and loves everything about the place, but the dam is nearly finished, and when summer comes the family will move to Toronto ? a city marked by a big red star on the map at school. ?Have the people in Toronto seen what I've seen?? the little girl asks, thinking of her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter? And with her teacher's help, she finds a way to keep everything she loves about home. This simple, beautifully written story, complemented by Matt James's vibrant, imaginative illustrations, will resonate deeply with anyone who has had to leave their home for a new place

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  • p'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony
    p'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony (English, Hardback) Scot Ritchie

    It's the day of the first salmon ceremony, and P'ésk'a is excited to celebrate. His community, the Sts'ailes people, give thanks to the river and the salmon it brings by commemorating the first salmon of the season. Framed as an exploration of what life was like for the Sts'ailes people one thousand years ago, P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony describes the customs of the Sts'ailes people,...

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

    A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground...

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  • Seamus's Short Story
    Seamus's Short Story (English, Hardback) Heather Hartt-Sussman

    Seamus would give anything to be taller! One day, while playing dress-up in his mother's closet, he finds a way to reach new heights.

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  • Sit
    Sit (English, Hardback) Deborah Ellis

    Nine poignant and empowering short stories from the author of The Breadwinner.

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

    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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