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Lost in the Backyard

Lost in the Backyard

by Alison Hughes
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : survival stories, environment, humorous stories

Flynn hates the outdoors. Always has. He barely pays attention in his Outdoor Ed class. He has no interest in doing a book report on Lost in the Barrens. He doesn’t understand why anybody would want to go hiking or camping. But when he gets lost in the wilderness behind his parents’ friends’ house, it’s surprising what he remembers—insula …

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Thunder Creek Ranch

Thunder Creek Ranch

by Sonya Spreen Bates, illustrated by Kasia Charko
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age: 7 to 9
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : farm & ranch life, siblings

In their fourth adventure together, Jake and his younger brother, Tommy, visit their grandparents' farm, Thunder Creek Ranch. When Jake spots a kid on the neighbor's farm, he goes over to investigate and meets Cory McNash, a city kid. Cory thinks he's tough and likes to brag. He offers Jake a ride on a quad bike, and Jake can't resist.
When Cory le …

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Not For Sale

Not For Sale

by Sara Cassidy & Helen Flook
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : new experience, siblings, adoption

When ten-year-old Cyrus sees a For Sale sign plunged into his front lawn, it’s a complete and utter disaster. Usually, his younger brother, Rudy, is the scaredy-cat, but for the first time in his life, Cyrus is terrified. He’s lived at 637 Petunia Boulevard since he came to live with his adoptive mom and dad at two months old. Won’t he go hur …

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The Great Bear Sea

The Great Bear Sea

Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise
photographs by Ian McAllister, by Nicholas Read
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : marine life, environmental conservation & protection, geography

Following up the success of their first two books about the Great Bear Rainforest, The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves, Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some of the planet's mightiest and …

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Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust

Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust

by Leanne Lieberman
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Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : holocaust, contemporary, religion & faith

Lauren Yanofsky doesn't want to be Jewish anymore. Her father, a noted Holocaust historian, keeps giving her Holocaust memoirs to read, and her mother doesn't understand why Lauren hates the idea of Jewish youth camps and family vacations to Holocaust memorials. But when Lauren sees some of her friends—including Jesse, a cute boy she likes—pla …

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Ni un dia más

Ni un dia más

(Kicked Out)
by Beth Goobie
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : parents, self-esteem & self-reliance, coming of age

Dime tiene 15 años y siempre está enojada. Sus padres no la comprenden y su hermano quedó paralizado por un accidente. Cuando las peleas y las acusaciones la sobrepasan, Dime se muda con su hermano. Pero los problemas la siguen. Si Dime no entiende que debe comenzar a responsabilizarse de sus actos, nada va a cambiar.
Dime is fifteen and always …

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El blanco

El blanco

(Bull's Eye)
by Sarah N. Harvey
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : alternative family, parents, emotions & feelings

Después de la muerte de su tía, Emily se entera de que todo lo que siempre ha creído es una mentira y su mundo entero se derrumba. Obligada a enfrentar el hecho de que madre no es quien ella creía, Emily trata de descubrir la verdad sobre su pasado y encontrarle sentido al futuro. Para manejar su ira, Emily se vuelca al grafiti y al vandalismo …

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Ramp Rats

Ramp Rats

A Graphic Guide Adventure
by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : skateboarding, bullying, mystery & detective

Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for anot …

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Al límite

Al límite

(Grind)
by Eric Walters
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : diseases, illnesses & injuries, friendship, skateboarding

Phillip vive para el skateboarding. La escuela no es más que un paréntesis entre intentar un aterrizaje difícil y escapar de los guardias de seguridad. Cuando él y su mejor amigo, Wally, conocen a un patinador profesional que graba videos de sus mejores trucos para su sitio web, Phillip decide que ellos pueden hacer lo mismo y ganar un poco de …

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Tweaked

Tweaked

by Katherine Holubitsky
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age: 13 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, emotions & feelings, general (see also headings under social themes)

Sixteen-year-old Gordie Jessup is a good kid but he's living a nightmare. His eighteen-year-old brother Chase's two-year addiction to crystal meth has left their family emotionally and financially drained. And just when Gordie thinks he can no longer stand the manipulating, the lying and the stealing, things get even worse. Chase is arrested for ag …

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Haze

Haze

by Erin Thomas
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : law & crime, mysteries & detective stories, water sports

Bram's friend Jeremy wants to go public with information about a hazing-related student death. The morning after he tells Bram this, he's injured in a hit-and-run accident. Now Jeremy is in a coma, and Bram is trying to follow the trail that he left. The trouble is, Abby, Jeremy's sister, is convinced Bram's swimming coach is to blame. Bram knows C …

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Cheat

Cheat

by Kristin Butcher
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : values & virtues, peer pressure, school & education

Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about a person experiencing homelessness who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a cheating scam at her high school. Laurel's efforts cause her classmates to turn against her. …

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The Innocence Device

The Innocence Device

by William Kowalski
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tagged : dystopian, thrillers, crime

The year is 2147. Chago, twenty-four, is a prisoner in a world made up only of prisoners and those who guard them. The only bright spot in Chago’s life is his son, Jim-Jim, whose mother is a guard. In an effort to resolve overcrowding in the prison, the warden introduces the Innocence Device, a high-tech machine he claims can determine innocence …

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High and Inside

High and Inside

by Jeff Rud
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance, basketball

Fresh from a thrilling basketball season playing for the varsity team, Matt is looking forward to a new challenge: baseball. The South Side team seems to be strong this year—if only Matt can control his fear of being hit by an errant pitch. But when Matt's friend, Jake, the team's star, falls in with the wrong crowd, the entire season—not to me …

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Orca Curriculum Connections: Stuffed

Orca Curriculum Connections: Stuffed

by Kate Schoedinger
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tagged : arts & humanities
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Swiped

Swiped

by Michele Martin Bossley
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories, school & education

Would-be detectives Trevor, Nick and Robyn are hot on the trail of a sandwich thief when they learn that more than food has been going missing at school. A valuable hockey book has been stolen from the library, and the kids worry that the librarian might lose her job if it isn't found. Who would steal a hockey book? Could it be Robyn's arch-nemesis …

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Lucy Tries Soccer

Lucy Tries Soccer

by Lisa Bowes, illustrated by James Hearne
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : soccer, new experience

Eager to try a summer sport, Lucy and her friends meet at the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three! Thanks to Coach Nick, Lucy and the rest of Team Blue learn a few basic skills as they prepare to face Team Red.
The Lucy Tries Sports series is designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports and recreation. In L …

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Kicker

Kicker

by Michele Martin Bossley
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 8
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : soccer, mysteries & detective stories, friendship

Izzy and Julia have been on the same team for years. Izzy is frustrated that Julia spends too much time cherry-picking and getting all the credit when they score. But when someone starts threatening the team and their home field is sabotaged, the friends must work together to find the answers. Why would someone threaten their star player? And what …

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Bang

Bang

by Norah McClintock
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : violence, friendship, law & crime

Quentin and JD have been friends forever. Even after JD gets in trouble Quentin stands by him. Hanging out together Quentin learns JD has a gun and when they are caught in a robbery JD uses the gun—with deadly results. Trying to cover up the crime and escape detection, Quentin gets in even deeper than he expected and learns that the only person h …

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Dimples Delight

Dimples Delight

by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Louise-Andrée Laliberté
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous stories

Lawrence hates being teased about his dimples, but nothing he does seems to make any difference. Joe goes right on teasing him, and the teasing gets meaner and meaner. Finally, Lawrence notices something about his friend Stewart that may provide the tool he needs to tease-proof himself once and for all.

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Sister Wife

Sister Wife

by Shelley Hrdlitschka
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Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : religion & faith, values & virtues, girls & women

In the isolated rural community of Unity, the people of The Movement live a simple life guided by a set of religious principles and laws that are unique to them. Polygamy is the norm, strict obedience is expected and it is customary for young girls to be assigned to much older husbands.
Celeste was born and raised in Unity, yet she struggles to fi …

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After Peaches

After Peaches

by Michelle Mulder
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : emigration & immigration, business, careers, occupations, prejudice & racism

Ten-year-old Rosario Ramirez and her family are political refugees from Mexico, trying to make a new life in Canada. After being teased at school, Rosario vows not to speak English again until she can speak with an accent that's one hundred percent Canadian. Since she and her parents plan to spend the whole summer working on BC fruit farms, she wil …

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Wired

Wired

by Sigmund Brouwer
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : winter sports, mysteries & detective stories

Keegan Bishop, championship skier, is almost injured in a dangerous trap set for one of his teammates. Snowboard tracks leading away from the trap are the only clue as to who might be responsible. Keegan teaches himself to snowboard so he can find the culprit on the snowboarding slopes. When Keegan discovers that someone has been stealing snowboard …

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Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero

by Kathleen Cherry
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : special needs, friendship

Alice doesn’t like noise, smells or strangers. She does like rules. Lots of rules. Nobody at her new school knows she is autistic, and soon Alice finds herself in trouble because the rules here are different. When she meets Megan in detention, she doesn’t know what to make of her. Megan doesn’t smell, she’s not terribly noisy, and she’s n …

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Jessie's Island

Jessie's Island

by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Sheena Lott
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : environment, country life

With a long list of activities and events to attend, cousin Thomas paints a picture of city life that makes Jessie’s world seem a little dull in comparison. When her mother suggests they invite Thomas to visit their island, Jessie wonders glumly what she could possibly write in her letter that would sound as exciting as zoos, planetariums or vid …

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Dinosaurs on the Beach

Dinosaurs on the Beach

by Marilyn Helmer
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures, multigenerational, science & technology

Josie is fascinated with the secrets of the prehistoric world. She and her grandfather, an amateur paleontologist, explore the beaches and cliffs near Stone Trees Cottage in Nova Scotia. Tiny bones have been discovered, but what are they from? As Josie searches for the answer, she is forced to cope with an accident and competition from an unpleasan …

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No More Pranks

No More Pranks

by Monique Polak
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : marine life, environment, values & virtues

Pete likes to play pranks. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it gets a laugh. When he impersonates his vice-principal on a radio call-in show, he goes too far and is suspended from school. Pete's parents send him to spend the summer working with his uncle, a whale-watching guide in a tourist town far from the city. When a whale is injured by …

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Bank Job

Bank Job

by James Heneghan & Norma Charles
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : alternative family, orphans & foster homes, law & crime

Nell has been in foster homes all her life—most of them have been horrible. She finally gets moved to a home she likes, and the ministry threatens to close it down unless an expensive renovation is made to the house. Nell and the two boys in the home, Billy and Tom, decide to raise the funds themselves. How do kids get large amounts of money quic …

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Learning the Ropes

Learning the Ropes

by Monique Polak
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : circus, death & dying, business, careers, occupations

Mandy dreams of a career in the circus, working as an aerialist who specializes in rope climbing. When she is accepted into the prestigious Montreal Circus College summer program, she feels that she is finally on her way to fulfilling her dreams. At circus camp she is befriended—and challenged—by young circus performers from around the world. C …

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Theodora Bear

Theodora Bear

by Carolyn Jones, illustrated by Barbara Spurll
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : toys, dolls, puppets, siblings, imagination & play
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Dalen and Gole

Dalen and Gole

Scandal in Port Angus
illustrated by Mike Deas
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : science fiction, environment, mystery & detective

With seconds to the finish line, Dalen and Gole lead the distant world of Budap's annual Junior-Jet Race. Suddenly they are overtaken. Left behind in a cloud of mysterious purple exhaust, they realize something doesn't add up. Looking for clues, the two friends uncover a tunnel that leads them to Earth.
They arrive in Port Angus, once a lively west …

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Heart of the Hill

Heart of the Hill

by Andrea Spalding
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : fantasy & magic, siblings

In Volume Three of The Summer of Magic Quartet, Adam's turn to lead the adventure has arrived. The Wise One, Myrddin, needs Adam to retrieve his staff from the Crystal Cave deep inside Glastonbury Tor. The quest grows more dangerous, however, and fear rises. Equus and Ava are far away, the Lady will not wake, and Myrddin is in human guise, unable t …

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Storm Tide

Storm Tide

by Kari Jones
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : mysteries & detective stories, siblings

Left alone for the first time on the island he calls home, Simon is looking forward to a day of personal indulgence. His sister Ellen only wants to make sure they get their chores done. Their parents are busy trying to convince the government not to close the lighthouse that the family operates, and it's up to the kids to make sure everything runs …

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