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Throwaway Girl

by Kristine Scarrow

When your teen years are so messed up, how do you grow up happy?

Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother’s home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she’s...

Ballet School Confidential: The Complete 3-Book Bundle

by Charis Marsh

Presenting the three titles in the Ballet School Confidential series, which follows a group of friends (and sometimes adversaries) during their time attending the Vancouver International Ballet Academy. Kaitlyn...


by Jennifer Maruno

Etienne is called on an adventure in the new world? In 1647, ten-year-old Etienne yearns for a life of adventure far from his family farm in Quebec. He meets an orphan destined to apprentice among the Jesuits...

Running Scared

by Brenda Chapman

Feeling somehow to blame for her father’s absence, thirteen-year-old Jennifer Bannon struggles to hang on to her dream that he will return and they can be a family again - a dream that doesnt include her mother’s...

The Minstrel Boy

by Sharon Stewart

Winner of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice: Best Books for Kids & Teens

David Baird, a talented young rock musician, accompanies his estranged father to Wales. Fleeing after a quarrel, David has...

Dragon in the Clouds

by Rosemary Nelson

The Okanagan summer stretches out in front of twelve-year-old Nikki like a sparkling rainbow, with lots of time to spend at the beach and with her horse, Ginger. When her cousin Trevor arrives in his wheelchair,...

Why Are You So Quiet?

by Jaclyn Desforges & Risa Hugo

Into a world where it often seems nobody is listening comes a poignant story that celebrates the power of silence. 

“Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even her mom...

The Family Way

by Laura Best

Based on the true story of the Ideal Maternity Home, and its tragic Butterbox Babies, The Family Way is a thoughtful and engaging exploration of family and of Nova Scotia’s history. A stand-alone middle-grade...

What's My Superpower?

by Aviaq Johnston, Tim Mack & Louise Flaherty

Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours),...

Lesson for the Wolf

by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley & Alan Cook

In the time before animals were as they are today, Wolf spends his days admiring all the other animals. Not content to simply be a wolf, happy and hunting with his pack, he watches the owls, wolverines, and...

The Little Red Shed

by Adam Young & Jennifer Young

Once upon a fine morning, a little shed awakens to discover she isn’t quite the same as she used to be. Uncertain and feeling as if she no longer fits in, she decides to leave home and sets out to sea. All...

Love for the Children

by Calliste,Joan E.

This book was written to help children in their character development. They would learn the joy of kindness, obedience, honesty, and maintain a healthy self-image.

“You can do all things through Christ who...

I'm Not Afraid

by ,Raya

Shelly is a ten-year-old girl who likes to go about her daily activities with her favorite red ball. She is happy, excited, and eager to start her day. How will Shelly handle losing her favorite red ball in...

The Troubled Life of Cassidy

by Fifer,Larya

Cassidy Smith is a young troubled teen who can't seem to catch break from life's circumstances. Cassidy thought her life couldn't get any worse until she finds out her mom is engaged to an alcoholic and her...

Free to Be Elephant Me

by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees

From the bestselling creators of Giraffes Can't Dance comes a delightful story about an elephant looking for a place where he belongs.

It's time for the Elephant Games! Every young elephant parades their talent...


by Otis Redding & Rachel Moss

Otis Redding's classic song "Respect"--as popularized by Aretha Franklin--becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.

"[Respect's] art, by Rachel...

The Littlest Acorn

by Lisa Lentino

The littlest acorn wants to grow big and strong. As a sapling, she notices tall pines and colorful maples nearby. In comparing herself to them, her self-esteem withers, and she loses her zest for life. It takes...

Lucky the Golden Elephant

by Eliot Raffít

Lucky the Golden Elephant was born with great brilliance and beauty, but as time went by he lost sight of what made him so unique and special. Join the motivational and inspirational journey of Lucky as he tries...

Little Bird

by Mary Timmermann

Have you ever felt invisible or alone, even when other people were around you? This is the story of Little Bird. She felt like this . . . until she was shown the secret to happiness.

My Middle Name Is Not You

by Patricia Kraemer

My Middle Name Is Not You is about feeling like you're not good enough but realizing by the end of this book that you are good enough. This book is great for children maybe help them see, yes you. Enjoy! To...