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Listen, Slowly

by Thanhha Lai

This remarkable and bestselling novel from Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award–winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family....


Beginning Again: Further Adventures of a Loyalist Family

by Mary Beacock Fryer

Beginning Again is a sequel to Escape: Adventures of a Loyalist Family, Mary Beacock Fryer's historical novel for ten to fourteen-year-olds. This new work chronicles the lives of the Seamans as they make a new...


Tiger Girl

by Mai-lee Chai

Nightmares of war flood the waking memories of Nea Chhim, a 19-year-old survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields. In this sequel to the acclaimed Dragon Chica, Nea, a struggling college student, decides she...


Under the Moonlit Sky

by Nav K. Gill

It's the spring of 1984 and life is getting exciting for young and beautiful Esha. However, one day changes everything, and she must fulfill her father's last wish, taking her to a place she never dreamed of...


Caravana al Norte

by Jorge Argueta & Manuel Monroy

Esta novela en verso es un poderoso relato en primera persona. Cuenta la historia de Misael Martínez, un niño salvadoreño cuya familia se une a la caravana que viaja al Norte, hacia los Estados Unidos. Nos...


Caravan to the North

by Jorge Argueta, Manuel Monroy & Elizabeth Bell

This novel in verse is a powerful first-person account of Misael Martínez, a Salvadoran boy whose family joins the caravan heading north to the United States. We learn all the different reasons why people feel...


My Friend

by Elisa Amado & Alfonso Ruano

Friendship — to be known, to be accepted as you are, to feel safe, especially when you are vulnerable. The girl in this story has recently arrived in Brooklyn with her family. On her very first day at school...


The Rooftop

by Toby Hammerschlag

Four friends, four very different stories.

The Rooftop is set a against a quintessential Sydney background. At Darlinghurst East Public School, Emma, Maha, Simon and Talia, learn about themselves and each other...


Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories

by Paul Yee & Harvey Chan

These ten original ghost stories dramatize the history of Chinese immigration to North America -- from the poor village men who first came searching for gold in the late 1850s to the new immigrants who arrived...


Tales from Gold Mountain

by Paul Yee & Simon Ng

Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award and the IODE National Chapter Award

Drawing on the real background of the Chinese role in the gold rush, the building...


Secret Gardens

by David Belbin

Aazim is fifteen. His family is about to be deported. When Immigration come for them, he decides to hide in a city allotment. But nowhere is safe for long. Aazim meets Nadimah. People are after her, too. Soon,...


Ade's Amazing Ade-ventures: Battle of the Cyborg Cat

by Ade Adepitan

Ade is the new kid on Parsons Road. He knows he should make an effort and make some friends but it's not easy when you look different to everyone else. It's only when Ade sees off some bullies that Dexter, Brian...


The Raspberry Man

by Janalee Tobias

One lazy summer day in the summer of 1968, a young girl discovers an enchanting backyard teeming with fruit trees, flowers, roses, and a fairy-tale castle birdhouse clustered between pine trees and a mysterious...


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord & Marc Simont

A timeless classic that will enchant readers who love Jennifer L. Holm and Thanhha Lai, about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own home team—and to break down any barriers that...


The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

by Victoria Williamson

Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost. Under the grey Glasgow skies, twelve-year-old refugee Reema is struggling to find her place in a new country, with...


Snobs, Dogs and Scobies

by Elizabeth O'Hara

Snob: Ruán’s life is golden. He lives in a beautiful home on a beautiful street and he’s sure he’ll breeze through the exams. Everything is perfect. Dog: Emma lives just a few doors down from Ruán, but...


The Lantern Moon

by Maeve Friel

Life is not easy for children in 1811. Annie Spears is a maid at Dinham house where Lucien Bonaparte is on parole. Her brother, William, makes silk top-hats for the mad hatter, while her little sister works...


Willa's New World

by Barbara Demers

Willa is a thirteen-year-old orphan shipped to the new world in 1795. Resourceful and strong-willed, she survives many hardships before travelling on foot from Hudson's Bay to Fort Edmonton with native companions...


Andrei and the Snow Walker

by Larry Warwaruk

Andrei and his family leave Ukraine for a homestead near Batoche, Saskatchewan, in the spring of 1900. Andrei's grandfather brings with them an ancient Scythian bowl an old hermit gave him - a strange, glowing...


Full Steam to Canada

by Anne Patton

Dorothy Bolton and her family are making ends meet in Britain in 1903, but the growing number of stories about vast expanses of fertile, free land have definitely caught the eye of her father and her brother....