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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...

Panique au manoir

Les Enfants de Belle-Rive #1

by Annick Loupias & Jean-Luc Trudel

Ayishah lives in the Sahara desert. She is a Tuareg. She loves the story of Tin Hinan, considered to be the mother of the Tuareg people. Ayishah ponders and wonders what she'll be when she grows up.

Yesterday's Santa and the Chanukah Miracle

by Sarah Hartt-Snowbell & Patty Gallinger

Annie can’t believe her eyes! The "Santa" in the mall looks so much like her grandfather’s friend, Simon. A Jewish Santa? Annie lines up to get a closer look - and ends up "placing an order". Simon Greenbaum,...

Dream Dad

by Holly Haggarty

Willa has never known her father. In fact, her mother has refused to tell the eight-year-old anything at all about him. Willa dreams about what he might look like and who he might be. She often asks herself...

The Time Tunnel

by Swami Kriyananda

Two boys vacationing in the forests of the Transylvanian alps discover a ruined laboratory, a recently deceased dinosaur, and a mysterious humming tunnel. Donny and Bobby, guided by a grown-up named Hansel,...

Beautiful Goodbye

by Nancy Runstedler

The discovery of an old Ouija board sends three kids back in time to wartime 1915 to help a spirit find peace.

Maggie’s life has been anything but easy lately. So when her best friend Gillian discovers a Ouija...

Truths I Learned from Sam

by Kristin Butcher

2016 SYRCA Snow Willow Award — Shortlisted

It’s the best summer of Dani’s life, until the bottom falls out.

Dani’s mother is getting married – again – because that’s what she does, and while she...

Wizzo and the Cookie Babies

by Gina Calleja

This gentle and humorous story gives youngsters the reassuring message that the world cherishes children. Wizzo the Wizard, who lives on the moon, becomes bored while his wife is away on a trip, so he decides...

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell: A Cherry Blossom Book

by Jennifer Maruno

Short-listed for the 2012 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award and for the 2011 Hackmatack Children?s Choice Award

Nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa bids her father good-bye before her birthday celebration....

A Little Something

by Sarah Hartt-Snowbell & June Bradford

When Sandy’s daddy leaves for work in the morning, he blows Sandy a kiss. What follows is a wild adventure through the town, the countryside, the bogs and the marshes of the Land of Everywhere… to try to...

The Fragrant Garden

by Day's Lee & Josee Bellemare

Jade is a curious nine-year-old who likes to help out at her family’s Chinese restaurant, The Fragrant Garden, after school. Though she is often allowed to help set tables or clean up, she longs to be part...

Summer Dragons

by Holly Haggarty

Ten-year-old Elizabeth is spending the summer at her Great-Aunt Germaines, in rural Caradoc County. Also along for the visit is her brother, Eddie, and her mother. Great-Aunt Germaine seems to be a forbidding...

The Busybody Buddha

by Margie Rutledge

In the sequel to The Great Laundry Adventure, the three Lawrence children, Abigail, Jacob and Ernest (from oldest to youngest) are again embarked on a mysterious adventure, but this time, the adventure is initiated,...

Galena's Gift

by Rosemary Nelson

In The Golden Grasshopper, ten-year-old Lisa’s and her cousin Paul’s lives were changed forever when they met Gagar, from the planet Ylepithon. In Galena’s Gift, Gagar returns with his precocious young...

Everybody's Napping but Me

by Kristen Jablonski

Every time this new mom tries to close her eyes,

She looks around the house to a find a new surprise.

This book will leave you with a laugh and a smile,

but mom's next nap? That might be a while…

Swift Fox All Along

by Rebecca Thomas, Maya McKibbin & Lisa Nasson

What does it mean to be Mi’kmaq? And if Swift Fox can’t find the answer, will she ever feel like part of her family?

When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her...

Bliss and Her Friends

by Bernadette Wells & Carl Baker

This book is about a girl named Bliss who is learning the value of old and new friendships. This book also helps parents talk and ask questions to their children about their feelings, and when they encounter...

I Love My Ponytails

by Tamara Price & Hashim Hakim

Sasha just loves her ponytails but not everyone feels the same. Every little girl and boy should always know to stay true to yourself no matter what. If you like it others will learn to like it too.

Grandma's Tales

by Mary Pittman

“Grandma Play with My Toys”

Tells the story about a little boy opening his heart and toys to his grandmother. This heartfelt story was inspired by my grandson who wanted to give me something to do in my spare...

The Light of the Moon and Big Brothers

by Stella M De Genova

Stellina was a little girl with a vision disability called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). That didn't stop her and her big brother, Alberto, from having all the fun you could possibly imagine. They did all sorts...