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Cross-Media Ownership and Democratic Practice in Canada

Cross-Media Ownership and Democratic Practice in Canada

Content-Sharing and the Impact of New Media
by Walter C. Soderlund; Colette Brin; Lydia Miljan & Kai Hildebrandt
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This is the first in-depth analysis of major French- and English-Canadian news companies to show the impact of cross-media ownership on the diversity of new content. Surprisingly, the study lays to rest fears over content convergence of newspaper and television network ownership by Canadian media giants Canwest Global, CTVglobemedia, and Quebecor. …

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Standard candles

Standard candles

by Alice Major
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tagged : canadian, philosophy & social aspects, cosmology, metaphysics

Like the ever-widening universe, Standard candles expands on Alice Major’s earlier themes of family, mythology, and cosmology, teasing out subtle wonders in form and subject. Her voice resonates through experiments with old and new poetic forms as she imbues observed and imagined phenomena—from the centres of galaxies to the mysteries of her ow …

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The Wolf-Birds

The Wolf-Birds

by Willow Dawson
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age: 5 to 8
Grade: k to 4
tagged : birds, wolves & coyotes, death & dying, environmental science & ecosystems

In a story set deep in the wild winter wood, two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal. A pack of wolves is on the hunt, too. Food is scarce, but, if they team up, the ravens and wolves just might be able to help each other.
The ravens follow a pack of starving wolves on the hunt. The wolves come up empty handed – and even lose one of …

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You Are Stardust

You Are Stardust

by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
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age: 4 to 18
Grade: 1 to 4
tagged : body, mind & spirit

You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the …

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Skunk on a String

Skunk on a String

by Thao Lam
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age: 4 to 7
Grade: p to 2
tagged : imagination & play, humorous stories, city & town life, new experience

The highly anticipated wordless picture book from debut author and collage artist Thao Lam
"Wordless... colorful... hilarious." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
In Skunk on a String, we meet a skunk who has been tied to the tail of a balloon. Try as he might, the persistent critter can’t get anyone to untie him. In this wordless story, he is shooed and …

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Draw Out the Story

Draw Out the Story

Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics
by Brian McLachlan
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age: 8 to 12
Grade: 3 to 7
tagged : cartooning, comic strips & cartoons

Whether kids want to write or draw a comic that's funny or scary, long or short, made-up or true-to-life, cartoonist and author Brian McLachlan maintains there are just ten crucial things they need to know to get started.
Using colloquial text, images, and examples, each chapter hones in on a different secret to creating great comics. Budding com …

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Dramatic Licence

Dramatic Licence

Translating Theatre from One Official Language to the Other in Canada
by Louise Ladouceur, translated by Richard Lebeau, foreword by E.D. Blodgett
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Translation is tricky business. The translator has to transform the foreign to the familiar while moving and pleasing his or her audience. Louise Ladouceur knows theatre from a multi-dimensional perspective that gives her research a particular authority as she moves between two of the dominant cultures of Canada: French and English. Through the ana …

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Damselflies of Alberta

Damselflies of Alberta

Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass
by John Acorn
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With iridescent blues and greens, damselflies are some of the most beautiful flying insects as well as the most primitive. As members of the insect order Odonata they are related to dragonflies but are classified in a separate suborder. These aquatic insects are a delight to the eye and a fascinating creature of study. In Damselflies of Alberta, na …

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Counting on Fall

Counting on Fall

by Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron
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age: 5 to 7
Grade: k to 2
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In Counting on Fall, the first title in the best-selling Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children in Grades K to 2 learn concepts of number sense and numeration.
As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and …

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Continuations 2

Continuations 2

by Douglas Barbour & Sheila E. Murphy
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"Most long poems contain lyric occasions. Here is an amazingly sustained lyric that contains traces of other commodities." -Robert Kroetsch Sheila Murphy and Douglas Barbour extend their singular poetic vision of that elusive third I/eye in Continuations 2. The new lyric voice sustained (within) these labyrinthine verses does so by virtue of its au …

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Countering Displacements

Countering Displacements

The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-ed Peoples
edited by Daniel Coleman; Erin Goheen Glanville; Wafaa Hasan; Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, contributions by Subhasri Ghosh; Jon Gordon; Catherine Graham; Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed; Mazen Masri; Jean McDonald & Pavithra Narayanan
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The essays in this collection explore the activities of two populations of displaced peoples that are seldom discussed together: Indigenous peoples and refugees or diasporic peoples around the world. Rather than focusing on victimhood, the authors focus on the creativity and agency of displaced peoples, thereby emphasizing capacity and resilience. …

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You Haven’t Changed a Bit

You Haven’t Changed a Bit

Stories
by Astrid Blodgett
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Through mesmerizing forays into characterization, voicing, and narrative technique, and with a clean economy of style rare even in short fiction, Astrid Blodgett conjures the moral and existential freight of her fully fledged characters in the throes of realistic moments. From the fascinatingly unhinged hero of "Getting the Cat," to the dreamy surv …

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Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

What You Should Know about Food and Cooking
by Sarah Elton, illustrated by Jeff Kulak
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age: 10 to 18
Grade: 4 to 6
tagged : cooking & food, diet & nutrition

Starting from Scratch is a manifesto on food that will help kids relate to what they eat, whether on special occasions or every day, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move fo …

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Oscar Lives Next Door

Oscar Lives Next Door

A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood
by Bonnie Farmer, illustrated by Marie Lafrance
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age: 4 to 8
Grade: k to 4
tagged : music, canada

Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation.
Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story …

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Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?

by Geo Takach
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One little question propels both author and reader on a genre-bending quest to find the elusive essence of a Canadian province built on sturdy stereotypes of oil-spoiled, beef-eating, bible-thumping rednecks devoid of class or culture. Through essay, interview, colourful observation, and whatever other exposé it takes to amplify the hyperbolic abs …

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Will not forget both laughter and tears

Will not forget both laughter and tears

illustrated by Tomoko Mitani, introduction by Yukari F. Meldrum
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Geishas and samurai, manga and animé come to mind when Japan enters the conversation. While these traditional and modern images about the island nation have been widely disseminated in North America, most of us cannot imagine what everyday life is like in Japan. Tomoko Mitani's work addresses this gap with honest responses to the male-dominated so …

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Simone Weil

Simone Weil

An Introduction to Her Thought
by John Hellman
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“The generation of 1930 in French intellectual life was unique in the gravity of the challenges they faced.” Simone Weil—the brilliant social and political theorist, activist, and spiritual writer—was one of an eminent company in the France of the 1930s who responded to these challenges. In her brief, remarkable life she wrote a host of ess …

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W.B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats

Metaphysician as Dramatist
by Heather C. Martin
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tagged : drama, history & criticism, english, irish, scottish, welsh

W. B. Yeats spent a great deal of his life immersing himself in magical, mystical, and philosophic studies in order, as he claimed, to devise a personal system of thought “that would leave [his] ... imagination free to create as it chose and yet make all that it created, or could create, part of the one history, and that the soul's.” He succeed …

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Francisco Giner de los Rios

Francisco Giner de los Rios

A Spanish Socrates
by Solomon Lipp
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tagged : philosophers, spain & portugal, political

During the nineteenth century, traditional Catholic Spain and its "decadent intellectual climate" was chalenged by liberal Europeanizing influences. It had happened before, but this time the status quo was threatened by Krausism, an idealistic doctrine of universal harmony and rational freedom. In the ensuing culture clash, Francisco Giner de los R …

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Radar Development in Canada

Radar Development in Canada

The Radio Branch of the National Research Council of Canada 1939-46
by W.E. Knowles Middleton
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tagged : radar, post-confederation (1867-), electrical

This volume continues the story of teh National Research Council begun by Physics at the National Research Council of Canada (also written by Middleton) and Biological Sciences at the National Research Council of Canada (by N.T. Gridgeman). Technical enough to interest the scientifically informed reader, yet comprehensible to the general reader, t …

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The Firm and the Formless

The Firm and the Formless

Religion and Identity in Aboriginal Australia
by Hans Mol
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tagged : ethnic & tribal, australia & new zealand, sociology of religion

This volume is woven around the idea that wholeness (the firm) and fragmentation (risking formlessness) alternate in human affairs. This theme is applied to the history and the present condition of Australian Aboriginals. Their religion is seen as a way to bolster a precarious identity and to affirm order in an existence which would otherwise becom …

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Ethnic Organizational Dynamics

Ethnic Organizational Dynamics

The Polish Group in Canada
by Henry Radecki
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How is the culture of an immigrant group kept alive in a new country? Voluntary organizations play a significant role, according to the author, in preserving the cultural heritage of Poland for Polish immigrants and their descendants in Canada. However, participation in these organizations is declining. The author explains why in this sociological …

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Yahweh

Yahweh

The Divine Name in the Bible
by G.H. Parke-Taylor
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tagged : old testament, pneumatology, history

Biblical tradition asserts that the revelation of God to Moses in the burning bush involved also a declaration of the divine name, the Tet (represented by the letters Y, H, W, H), and its meaning. There are indications that the divine name was known prior to the time of Moses, although ultimate questions of origin and precise meaning are shrouded i …

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The Waterloo Mennonites

The Waterloo Mennonites

A Community in Paradox
by J. Winfield Fretz
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tagged : sociology of religion, mennonite

The Waterloo Mennonites is truly a communal book: the substance treats the communal aspect of the Mennonite community in all its complexity, while the book itself came about through communal effort from the students and researchers assisting Fretz, the various organizations and individuals providing support, the larger community including the two u …

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Tell el-Hesi

Tell el-Hesi

Modern Military Trenching and Muslim Cemetery in Field I (Strata I-II)
by Lawrence E. Toombs
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Tell el-Hesi, located in southern Israel at the juncture of the Negev Desert and the foothills of the Judean Mountains, provides an excellent opportunity for the archaeological study of the impact of a variety of physical environments on the peoples who inhabited a single site. The site has been occupied at various times from the Early Bronze Age t …

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Myth and Reality in Irish Literature

Myth and Reality in Irish Literature

by Joseph Ronsley
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tagged : english, irish, scottish, welsh, essays, folklore & mythology

Myth and Reality in Irish Literature offers a rich collection of essays covering a wide spectrum of Irish literature from the early medieval saints and scholars to twentieth century writers such as Joyce and Beckett. Lady Gregory, Synge, Yeats, O'Casey and Myles na Gopaleen are among the poets, playwrights, critics, and authors treated in the book. …

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A Monograph of Chalara and Allied Genera

A Monograph of Chalara and Allied Genera

by T.R. Nag Raj & Bryce Kendrick
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We began with the intention of monographing Chalara and very similar fungi (Excioconidium, etc.). We soon extended the scope of our study to encompass those dimorphic imperfect genera with Chalara-like phialides (Thielaviopsis, Chalaropsis, Stilbochalam, Hughesiella), then to cover two other genera with Chalara-like phialides but having characteris …

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Dostoyevsky’s Critique of the West

Dostoyevsky’s Critique of the West

The Quest for the Earthly Paradise
by Bruce K. Ward
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Not much attention has been given to Dostoyevsky's concern with the crisis of the modern West, although allusions to almost every aspect of Western civilization—including the political, economic, and social dimensions—are present in his literary works and abound in his secondary writings.

This book points the way to a better understanding of the …

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Ashkenazic Jewry in Transition

Ashkenazic Jewry in Transition

by Bernard Rosensweig
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tagged : history, jewish, jewish studies

The fifteenth century was one of the most tragic and fateful centuries in the history of the Jewish people. It was the century which not only sealed the fate of Sephardic Jewry in the Iberian Peninsula, but also marked the turning point in the historical development of Ashkenazic Jewry from its centre in Germany to Poland and eastern Europe.

Rabbi D …

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Women, Reading, Kroetsch

Women, Reading, Kroetsch

Telling the Difference
by Susan Rudy
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Women, Reading, Kroetsch: Telling the Difference is a book of both practical and theoretical criticism. Some chapters are feminist deconstructive readings of a broad range of the writings of contemporary Canadian poet-critic-novelist Robert Kroetsch, from But We are Exiles to Completed Field Notes. Other chapters self-consciously examine the histor …

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Brothers Beyond the Sea

Brothers Beyond the Sea

National Socialism in Canada
by Jonathan F. Wagner
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During the years 1933 to 1939, a pro-Nazi movement developed in Canada. With the support of the German National Socialist Party, Canadian pro-Nazi institutions were formed: clubs, rallies, schools, and newspapers. The movement ended in failure. The author analyzes the reasons for the formation and decline of the National Socialist Party in Canada, …

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Recognition and Modes of Knowledge

Recognition and Modes of Knowledge

Anagnorisis from Antiquity to Contemporary Theory
edited by Teresa G. Russo, contributions by Rachel Adelman; Piero Boitani; Rhiannon Graybill; Harry Fox; Roland Le Huenen; Rosa Mucignat; Joseph Ring; Jenna Sunkenberg; Christina Tarnopolsky; Kevin Frederick Vaughan; Jeffrey Weiner & Naomi Weiss
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Anagnorisis, or recognition, has played a central role in the arts and humanities throughout history. It is a universal mode of knowledge in literature and the arts; in sacred texts and scholastic writing; in philosophy; in psychology; in politics and social theory. Recognition is a phenomenon and a fulcrum that makes these discourses possible. To …

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Croatia

Croatia

Travels in Undiscovered Country
by Tony Fabijancic
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In his travels through Croatia, Tony Fabijancic saw a world of peasants, shepherds and fishermen irrevocably giving way to the new reality of a modern European state. With a deft and sure touch, he records moments that capture the lingering spirit of the old world even as the former fabric of this place is unravelling forever. The author’s profou …

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Regenerations / Régénérations

Regenerations / Régénérations

Canadian Women's Writing / Écriture des femmes au Canada
edited by Marie Carrière; Patricia Demers, contributions by Juliet McMaster; Nicole Brossard; Louise Dennys; Cinda Gault; Lucie Hotte; Dean Irvine; Gary Kelly; Shauna Lancit; Mary-Jo Romaniuk; Mary McDonald-Rissanen; Julie Roy; Susan Rudy; Chantal Savoie; Maïté Snauwaert; Rosemary Sullivan; Susan Brown & Sheena Wilson
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Buttressed by a wealth of new, collaborative research methods and technologies, the contributors of this collection examine women's writing in Canada, past and present, with 11 essays in English and 5 in French. Regenerations was born out of the inaugural conference of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory held at the Canadian Literature Cent …

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Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties

Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties

Intimate Partner Violence, Community Resources, and Faith
by Irene Sevcik; Michael Rothery; Nancy Nason-Clark & Robert Pynn
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To date, little has been published about the place of spirituality in working with survivors of intimate partner violence. Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties examines the intersection of faith and culture in the lives of religious and ethno-cultural women in the context of the work of FaithLink, a unique community initiative that encourages religious …

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Shy

Shy

An Anthology
edited by Naomi K. Lewis & Rona Altrows
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"We're not exactly scene-stealers, so you don't hear much from us shy folk-and that's usually how we like it." -Elizabeth Zotova, "My Dear X" The pages of this anthology are filled with personal essays and poems of thoughtful musings, raw memories, and humorous self-examinations by authors and poets who have been labelled by the world-teachers, par …

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100 Days

100 Days

by Juliane Okot Bitek, foreword by Cecily Nicholson
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100 days... 100 days that should not have been... 100 days the world could have stopped. But did not.

For 100 days, Juliane Okot Bitek recorded the lingering nightmare of the Rwandan genocide in a poem—each poem recalling the senseless loss of life and of innocence. Okot Bitek draws on her own family's experience of displacement under the regime o …

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The Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults

The Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults

Consequences for Leisure, Lifestyle, and Well-being
by Mark E. Havitz; Peter A. Morden & Diane M. Samdahl
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Multi-method research study shows why leisure activities are as important for the unemployed as they are for the employed.

Can someone who is unemployed experience leisure, or does that seem like a contradiction in terms? If unemployed people can experience leisure, how might it mitigate the negative effects of unemployment? And what form, then, wo …

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A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage

A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage

by Elizabeth Robins Pennell & Joseph Pennell, edited by Dave Buchanan
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A peasant in peaked hat and blue shirt, with trousers rolled up high above his bare knees, crossed the road and silently examined the tricycle. “You have a good horse,” he then said; “it eats nothing.” —from An Italian Pilgrimage

The 1880s was an exhilarating time for cycling pioneers like Elizabeth and her husband Joseph. As boneshakers a …

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Prodigal Daughter

Prodigal Daughter

A Journey to Byzantium
by Myrna Kostash
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A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in Edmonton, ranges around the Balkans, and plunges into a renewed vision of Byzantium in search of the Great Saint of the East delivers the author to an u …

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Deep Alberta

Deep Alberta

Fossil Facts and Dinosaur Digs
by John Acorn
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Alberta is well known for its fossil treasures, and author John Acorn is as keen on the long-dead creatures of Alberta as he is on the living. Here, John features 80 of the most noteworthy fossils, fossil locations, and fossil hunters from this most palaeontological of provinces. There's more to the story of "deep Alberta" than dinosaurs, but dinos …

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The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior

The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior

A History of Canadian Internment Camp R
by Ernest Robert Zimmermann, edited by Michel S. Beaulieu & David K. Ratz
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For eighteen months during the Second World War, the Canadian military interned 1,145 prisoners of war in Red Rock, Ontario (about 100 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay). Camp R interned friend and foe alike: Nazis, anti-Nazis, Jews, soldiers, merchant seamen, and refugees whom Britain feared might comprise Hitler’s rumoured “fifth column” …

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Outrider of Empire

Outrider of Empire

The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock
by Geoffrey A. Pocock, foreword by Merrill Distad
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A dreamer of dreams, an adventurer, and a man of many ideas, Roger Pocock was an inveterate, world-ranging traveler who lived the life that all adventurous boys desire. He listened with wonder to the stories of all those he met, be they outlaws like Butch Cassidy, ranchers, or mounted police. Readers of all ages and classes eagerly devoured Pocock …

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Epic Game

Epic Game

by William Kowalski
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Kat is a tough, independent woman who makes her living as a professional poker player. She is single, childless and happy about it. But when her best friend, Josie, commits suicide, she names Kat as the temporary guardian of her ten-year-old son, David, until his father can come for him. In the few weeks that David is with her, Kat finds herself ch …

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Rock & Roll Literacy

Rock & Roll Literacy

by Sigmund Brouwer
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Bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write. Armed with music, humor and heart, he connects the dots for people who work with kids to cultivate reading and writing skills. The love of writing begins and ends with the love of story. Story can connect child to teacher. Story …

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The Lottery

The Lottery

by Beth Goobie
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Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : bullying

Every student at Saskatoon Collegiate knew that all the most important aspects of school life were controlled by a secret club called Shadow Council. Each fall, Shadow held a traditional lottery during which a single student's name was drawn. The rest of the student body called the student the lottery winner. But Shadow Council knew better; to them …

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Totally Unrelated

Totally Unrelated

by Tom Ryan
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : music, friendship

Neil plays guitar with his family's band, the Family McClintock, even though he can't stand the Celtic music they play, he doesn't dance, he hates the outfits, and every single performance reminds him that he isn't as talented as the rest of the family.
When his buddy Bert convinces him to form a rock band and enter a local talent show, Neil's play …

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Refuge Cove

Refuge Cove

by Lesley Choyce
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : emotions & feelings, emigration & immigration

Greg is an avid sailor. On a solo trip off the rugged Newfoundland coast, he stumbles upon a family of desperate refugees stranded in a lifeboat. Fearing for their lives if they are deported to their homeland, the family convinces Greg to help them, and keep their existence secret. He promises not to call the authorities and takes the family home. …

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William Kowalksi Ebook Bundle

William Kowalksi Ebook Bundle

by William Kowalski
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tagged : crime, family life, urban life

This ebook bundle offers three gritty urban tales by William Kowalski. In The Barrio Kings, Rosario Gomez struggles to stay out of the gang life that killed his brother while finishing his high school diploma and preparing for the birth of his first son. But when his old friend Juan gets out of jail, his past returns to haunt him. In The Way It Wor …

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