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Raffi's New Friend

Raffi's New Friend

by Sylvain Meunier, illustrated by Élisabeth Eudes-Pascal
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age: 6 to 9
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tagged : birds, friendship, special needs, prejudice & racism

Although the new girl at Raffi's school is small and fragile looking, he notices that she is quick on her feet. She ducks out of the way of classmates that try to grab her head scarf. It might look like a game, but Raffi sees the tears in her eyes. Raffi knows all about being different. He suffers from sickle cell anemia, which makes it hard for hi …

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Delaying the Game

Delaying the Game

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
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age: 9 to 13
Grade: 4 to 8
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tagged : winter sports, emotions & feelings

For the first time, Kaleigh is playing on an all-girls hockey team. Never a "girlygirl," she misses her former teammates, has trouble following the different rules of girls' hockey, and gets frustrated when her fellow players get distracted from their game. That is, until Shane comes along. Soon the attention of this older boy is taking up too much …

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Witch of Bloor Street

Witch of Bloor Street

by Beth Pollock
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age: 8 to 10
Grade: 3 to 5
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tagged : humorous stories, adolescence

Sixth-grader Maggie Ito believes she has been cursed by the Witch of Bloor Street. While her friends all seem to be best at something - Sasha is best at art, Alice is the most musical, and even her nemesis Jarrett Johnson is the fastest runner - Maggie believes the curse is keeping her from being best at anything. Her attempts to break it become i …

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Music By Morgan

Music By Morgan

by Ted Staunton, illustrated by Bill Slavin
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age: 6 to 9
Grade: 1 to 4
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tagged : humorous stories, halloween, hockey

Morgan is not pleased when his parents sign him up to play floor hockey at the community centre; he stinks at hockey and it's no fun. So when Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three and a good hockey player, is unhappily signed up for piano lessons, Morgan crafts a plan to trade places.

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Deflection!

Deflection!

by Bill Swan
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age: 9 to 13
Grade: 4 to 8
Reading age: 7 to 10
tagged : humorous stories, winter sports

Fast-paced sports action novels that get kids reading.

Jake and his two best friends play road hockey together and are members of the same league team. But some personal rivalries and interference from Jake's three all-too-supportive grandfathers start to create tension among the players. The kids must resolve their differences and learn to work to …

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Sidelined

Sidelined

by Trevor Kew
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age: 9 to 13
Grade: 4 to 8
Reading age: 7 to 10
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For Vicky Parker, life has never been better. Despite mom's new boyfriend (ew!), Vicky and best friends Parm and Marjan seem to be shoo-ins for the soccer team and the chance to play in the tournament — in England! But friendships turn into rivalries as the pressures of tryouts get to be too much, and a charming grade twelve boy takes an interest …

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Danger Zone

Danger Zone

by Michele Martin Bossley
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age: 9 to 13
Grade: 4 to 8
Reading age: 7 to 10
tagged : peer pressure, emotions & feelings

Jason loves playing for his Calgary hockey team, but everything changes when he accidentally checks an opposing player from behind.
The player hits the boards hard and is seriously hurt, and Jason faces suspension from the league. Against tough odds, Jason must find a way to prove himself -- to his family, his friends, his teacher and to his team …

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Fadeaway

Fadeaway

by Steven Barwin
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Grade: 4 to 8
Reading age: 7 to 10
tagged : computers, bullying

Renna Rashad is not only captain, she's also de facto coach of her basketball team. But when a rival from an opposing team takes a vacant spot on the team, Renna faces some tough choices she wasn't prepared for. It starts with a shove in the hall, then a slight on the team's on-line blog, followed by exclusion from a team social event, and finally …

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Pit Pony

Pit Pony

by Joyce Barkhouse, introduction by Zoe Lucas
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Grade: 3 to 5
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tagged : horses, friendship, runaways, emotions & feelings

If Willie could have his dream, he would go to Sable Island and ride free over the sand dunes on the back of a wild horse. Instead, 11-year-old Willie must work in the coal mines of Cape Breton, hardly ever seeing the light of day. But with the help of Gem, the gentle pit pony, he discovers that things aren't always as bad as they seem. And a surpr …

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Parenting Your Parents

Parenting Your Parents

Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
by Bart J. Mindszenthy & Michael Gordon
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When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need - just as they have done for us all our lives. Parenting Your Parents shows, through case studies, that you are not alone and offers advice to help you along this difficult bu …

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A Really Good Brown Girl

A Really Good Brown Girl

by Marilyn Dumont, introduction by Lee Maracle
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Grade: 9
tagged : canadian, native american

On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

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The Vicinity

The Vicinity

by David O'Meara
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Winner of the 2004 Archibald Lampman Award (National Capital Region -- Ottawa) and shortlisted for the 2004 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the 2004 ReLit Awards

In The Vicinity David O'Meara gives us a new kind of cityscape, one that brings its unseen, and usually unsung, materials to the foreground. Brick, concrete (that "not-so-silver screen / …

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The Burning Alphabet

The Burning Alphabet

by Barry Dempster
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The Burning Alphabet confirms and extends Barry Dempster’s reputation as one of Canada’s most respected poets. Underpinning these poems, as in his previous work, there lies an unswerving dedication to emotional and spiritual honesty, clear-eyed recognitions rendered without pomp. In one section, "Sick Days", he focuses on that "other place" of …

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The Grey Islands

The Grey Islands

by John Steffler
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Since its first publication in 1985, The Grey Islands has become a classic of Canadian wilderness writing to set beside the works of Thoreau, Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold. Using a broad range of forms and styles – lyric, anecdote, field notes, documents and pseudo-documents, ghost story, tall tale – Steffler relates the story of one man’s p …

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Letters From A Long Illness With The World

Letters From A Long Illness With The World

The D.H. Lawrence Poems
by Barry Dempster
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Tuning a fine ear to Lawrence’s letters from 1906 until his death in 1930, Barry Dempster’s poems uncover the man within the myth and give voice to Lawrence’s passionate mortality. Dempster’s act is one of imagination and homage, a kind of lyrical readership which traces the life-and-death line in a great writer’s life, with its constant …

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Jaguar Rain

Jaguar Rain

The Margaret Mee Poems
by Jan Conn
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Jaguar Rain is a rare text: at once a book of stand-alone poems and a work of scholarship, with textual notes and bibliography. Written in the voice of Margaret Mee (naturalist, explorer, and painter of flowers in the Amazon between 1956 and 1988), the poems are infused with wonder at a discovered new world of extraordinary richness, which is also …

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Identifying Mavor Moore

Identifying Mavor Moore

A Historical and Literary Study
by Allan Boss
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tagged : history & criticism, canadian, artists, architects, photographers

The enigmatic, obscured figure behind many of the most important moments in building Canada's theatrical and cultural landscape has largely been ignored by history. In this groundbreaking study of his work, Allan Boss re-locates Moore in Canada's cultural history. Moore may be a jack of all trades, but Boss exposes a historical record that seems to …

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Courageous

Courageous

by Michael Healey
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A play in two acts, Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won’t perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won’t allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second …

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UBUNTU

UBUNTU

The Cape Town Project
created by Theatrefront
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Two stories run together as both Jabba and his father, Philani, seek to find their footing far from the lives they know. A collective collaboration, Ubuntu is a play in which humanity and cross-cultural barriers are revealed through the play's text and rich imagery. The play is written in beautiful and unique prose, the result of a series of worksh …

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Missing

Missing

by Florence Gibson MacDonald
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Evelyn McMillan has vanished without a trace. Wife and mother of three from a Southern Ontario farming community, her disappearance sparks not only a police investigation, but also the imaginations of the local townsfolk. Detective Carol Seaforth’s inquiries bring her closer to Evelyn’s husband Trevor, but farther away from her own marriage. In …

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The Crackwalker

The Crackwalker

by Judith Thompson
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Teresa is sexy, seductive, and mentally challenged. Worshipped by her boyfriend, she turns tricks at $5, is addicted to Tim Hortons' doughnuts, lies without thinking, and overflows with endless kindness, but she continues to hold on to her limitless innocence. The Crackwalker captures the music, the dialect, and the unpretty realities of the inner …

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So Many Doors

So Many Doors

by Celia McBride
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In a support group for bereaved parents, Shayla, Lyle, Linee, and Jed each fight their personal demons in the search for life after the death of one's child. Set in the vast and remote landscape of Whitehorse, Yukon, playwright Celia McBride plunges into these characters' painful struggle to find a voice for their grief.

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The Mass Media in Canada

The Mass Media in Canada

Fourth Edition
by Mary Vipond
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Canada has one of the most advanced mass-media systems in the world, which allows Canadians more access to American culture via television, the movies, and the Internet than ever before. At the same time, governments support the production and distribution of Canadian content to Canadians.

In this fully updated fourth edition, Mary Vipond traces th …

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Champions of Women's Rights

Champions of Women's Rights

Leading Canadian women and their battles for social justice
by Moushumi Chakrabarty
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The stories of Canadian women who challenged the establishment and paved the way for greater equality are compelling. From the mid 1800s to the 1920s when women had few civil rights in Canada, pioneering women activists made their presence strongly felt in political life and achieved important early gains. There were the Famous Five, now honoured …

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Rebound

Rebound

by Adrienne Mercer
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All C.J. has ever wanted is to play basketball--one day pro basketball. Already in grade nine she's the captain of her high school team in Naskup, British Columbia.
But her success comes at a price: her teammate Debi can't accept someone so young as captain, and is making C.J.'s life as difficult as possible. To make matters much worse, one morni …

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Love Outlandish

Love Outlandish

by Barry Dempster
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A love affair chronicled--from obsession to heartbreak, foolhardiness to faith. In Love Outlandish, Barry Dempster undoes all the clichés that have barnacled our love lives and, with the zest and courage typical of his work, explores their torrents and eddies afresh. As in his previous books, Dempster responds to D.H. Lawrence's plea that we shoul …

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Botero's Beautiful Horses

Botero's Beautiful Horses

by Jan Conn
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“Do we want love / each and every day of our lives?” Jan Conn asks in a poem called “Michoacán.” “You bet your ass,” she answers. The poems of Botero’s Beautiful Horses are charged with otherness, bright with the exhilaration and danger of transformation. Many are descriptions of surrealist canvases, astonishingly kinetic narratives …

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Hard Light

Hard Light

by Michael Crummey
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In Hard Light Michael Crummey retells and reinvents his father’s stories of outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half century ago. Speaking through generations of storytellers, he conjures a world of hard toil and heavy weather, shot through with stoicism, grim humour, endurance, and love. This is writing that is supple and charged …

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Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

by Steven Barwin & Gabriel David Tick
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Grade: 4 to 8
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Mason's basketball team, the Cabbagetown Raptors, is going co-ed after seven successful seasons. He's pretty open-minded about the change, especially after he meets Cindy, a really top-notch player. The other guys aren't so sure.
Before long everyone has taken sides, and the Raptors' chances of making the national finals seem to fade into oblivio …

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Swim to Win

Swim to Win

by Vallery Hyduk
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Grade: 4 to 8
Reading age: 7 to 10
tagged : water sports, adolescence, emigration & immigration

Birch Hill Swim Club has a new coach and the team's star swimmer, eighth-grader Lasha Boyko, couldn't be more excited. Even though the lanky swimmer comes from an immigrant Ukrainian family of modest means, she dreams big. The coach has a track record of producing Olympians and Lasha wants to be her next star. The hitch is that she's one of the fie …

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Zach & Zoe and the River Rescue

Zach & Zoe and the River Rescue

by Kristin Butcher
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Zach and Zoe are camping with their parents in a British Columbia forest when a girl at another campsite wanders off. It takes all of the twins' smarts and know-how to rescue the lost camper and get back to their campsite safely. From the fear of wild fires to the fear of wild bears, the twins are in for one wild, wet ride.

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Power Failure?

Power Failure?

by Richard Starr
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For most of its history, Nova Scotia's leaders have tried to exploit the province's energy resources for jobs, revenue and political reward. For three centuries politicians and other prominent players have clashed over the ownership, control and development of energy resources--coal, electric power, offshore petroleum. This book traces the interpla …

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No Debate

No Debate

The Israel Lobby and Free Speech at Canadian Universities
by Jon Thompson
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During 2008-2009, Israel lobby organizations made concerted efforts to block a planned conference on statehood for Israel and Palestine at Toronto's York University. This book is a report of an independent investigation by author Jon Thompson for the Canadian Association of University Teachers, an organization that has been active in the defence of …

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Queens of the Ice

Queens of the Ice

They were fast, they were fierce, they were teenage girls
by Carly Adams
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age: 12 to 18
Grade: 7 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
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In 1931, a group of ten teenage girls from Preston (present-day Cambridge), Ontario, enlisted the help of the top women's sport journalists of the era, and the Preston Rivulettes hockey team was born. Within a decade the team became so good that no other team would dare to play against them. Yet the struggles these young women faced are ones that w …

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The Luck of Jude

The Luck of Jude

by Andrew Larsen
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Grade: 3 to 5
Reading age: 8 to 10
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When the Grade Four teacher at Trillium Elementary in Toronto assigns a new project, Jude Bhandari is sure that he'll be paired up with his best friend Sanjay. Everyone knows they both love everything to do with outer space. But instead Jude is paired up with the tough new kid from England who likes to pick fights. Will Jude be able to find common …

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Camp All-Star

Camp All-Star

Second Edition
by Michael Coldwell
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Grade: 4 to 8
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When Jeff Lang lands in Halifax for summer basketball camp, he's ready for red-hot, pumped-up, on-court action. Above all he wants to impress the coaches and make the all-star team.
Soon, however, he's confronted with bizarre roommates, science nerds, and tough rivals determined block him hard at every turn. Struggling to the top proves much toug …

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Home Court Advantage

Home Court Advantage

by Sandra Diersch
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When Debbie is on the basketball court she feels free and alive. But while she's a good player she's also an aggressive one, and rough tactics get her in trouble more than once.
Off the court she's different from other girls, a foster child without "real" parents of her own. When Debbie learns she's going to be adopted, her world is turned upside …

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Queen of the Court

Queen of the Court

by Michele Martin Bossley
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Kallana wears the wildest clothes of anyone at her suburban Calgary junior high school. Still, it seems it's not enough to get the attention of her freelance photographer father or her non-kid-friendly mother.
When her dad signs her up for the basketball team after Kallana is sent home from school for wearing "provocative" clothes, she's mortifie …

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Skank

Skank

by Teresa McWhirter
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Grade: 9 to 12
Reading age: 7 to 10
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Ever since Ariel's mom has been too sick to work they've been moving to progressively lower income neighbourhoods. Then they seem to hit rock bottom--Vancouver's downtown east side, Canada's poorest postal code. Here Ariel gets on the wrong side of a gang of tough girls at school after receiving unwanted attention from their boyfriends. Now she's s …

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Lethal Ladies

Lethal Ladies

Crimes of Passion, Tales of Deceit and Treachery!
by Cheryl MacDonald
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Grace Marks, the Victorian servant who inspired Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace ... Elizabeth Workman, a Sarnia housewife who turned on her abusive husband and paid the price for it ... Evelyn Dick, a glamourous 1940s party girl who Hamiltonians still talk about ... These are just some of the murderers featured in Lethal Ladies, a collection of accou …

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An Arctic Man

An Arctic Man

The classic account of sixty-five years in Canada's North
by Ernie Lyall, introduction by William L. Lyall
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Ernie Lyall was born in Labrador in 1910 and joined the Hudson's Bay Company at a time when it was expanding its presence in the Eastern Arctic. He spent many years as a front-line player with the company, building stores and developing trade with the local people. He became part of the Inuit community by marrying an Inuk and together with his wif …

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Plunder & Pillage

Plunder & Pillage

Atlantic Canada's Brutal and Bloodthirsty Pirates and Privateers
by Horwood, Harold
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For over three hundred years, lawlessness in Canada flourished off Canada's east coast. Pirates roamed the North Atlantic, and master storyteller Harold Horwood recounts their action-filled careers, crimes and violent deaths. Privateerslicenced by governments to harass the enemyaimed to capture enemy ships and plunder their cargo.
Among the charac …

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Just Run

Just Run

by Deb Loughead
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Fourteen-year-old Daisy Howson is a take-charge kind of girl, maybe even something of a control freak. She means well--she just wants everything to run smoothly, especially on her relay team. But when someone tries to sabotage the boys' relay team Daisy suspects her own team may be involved. Can she sort it all out and fix everything up again befor …

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Pretty Bones

Pretty Bones

by Aya Tsintziras
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Grade: 9 to 12
Reading age: 7 to 10
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Raine has a family, good grades, best friends, and a boyfriend who loves her. But then anorexia takes over, and her life spirals out of control. Her efforts to hide her condition are finished when she collapses at a school dance. Although she's whisked away to treatment, Raine isn't ready to accept who she really is and get the help she desperately …

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Fast Break

Fast Break

by Michael Coldwell
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Jeff is not impressed when his family moves from Toronto to small-town Nova Scotia. He doesn't know anyone and there isn't much to do--until he joins his new school's basketball team.
Jeff is fast on the court and has a sharp jump shot, and soon he's hanging out with with his new teammates. Some of them are pretty rough, though, and when they sta …

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Canada's Soldiers in South Africa

Canada's Soldiers in South Africa

Tales from the Boer War, 1899-1902
by John Boileau
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In 1899 a thousand Canadian soldiers went to war--in South Africa.
They were fighting white farmers who defied the mighty British empire by setting up their own, independent state.
This South African or Boer War of 1899-1902 marked the first time Canadian troops went abroad to fight alongside Britain.
Like other conflicts, the Boer War was controv …

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Cross-Check!

Cross-Check!

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
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Lorna Schultz Nicholson's popular characters Josh, Peter, and Sam are thrilled to be reunited at a hockey tournament in Kelowna, but a lot has changed. Sam now lives in Ottawa, Josh is dealing with his diabetes, Peter is becoming a major star, and all three boys play on different teams. Can they remain friends as they all compete to be in the gold …

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Triple Threat

Triple Threat

by Jacqueline Guest
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Matthew Eagletail can't wait until his online friend John Salton flies from San Francisco to Bragg Creek, Alberta for a summer visit. John is almost as big a basketball fan as Matt is, and dreams of being the first coach in the NBA to use a wheelchair.
When Matt's sister Jazz tells them about the upcoming Rocky Mountain Summer Basketball League i …

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Nothing But Net

Nothing But Net

by Michael Coldwell
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The Cape Breton Grizzly Bears are a bad news basketball team--they haven't won a single game all season. But the rules say a team from their region has to play in the Nova Scotia Invitational Tournament in Halifax, and they're it.
Their "star" player is the harebrained Chip Carson, whose constant scheming and practical jokes keep his coach and te …

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Gone Bad

Gone Bad

by Lesley Choyce
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Grade: 9 to 12
Reading age: 7 to 10
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Cody and his friends call it street cleaning--four of them beating up on one guy they don't like the looks of. Cody partakes in the action, even though he'd rather be taking out his aggression on his drum kit. A drummer without a band is one lost dude, so Cody soon hooks up with Kelsey and guitar playing Alex.
Cody manages to keep his destructive …

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