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The Little Prince Book 1: The Planet of Wind

By Guillaume Dorison Lerner Books Ages 6-10 The Little Prince is back for new adventures in this graphic novel series. He’s changed a lot, however, from the original Little Prince of Saint-Exupéry fame. It helps to read the introduction pages to understand the characters and their abilities and roles. Accompanied by his friend Fox, the [...]

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Red Fever and Black Tide

By Caroline Clough Floris Books Ages 10-15 Suppose that a plague has spread across the Earth, killing most of the population. The few people left are struggling to survive. Now, add that the dogs seem to have gained unusual intelligence. They’re organizing and they seem to have a plan. What do you do?

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Blood Brothers in Louisbourg

By Philip Roy Cape Breton University Press Ages 14-18 It is 1744. The French have a fort in Louisbourg in the new world. The English also have a claim to the area, as does the Mi-kmaw tribe. This fort becomes the focal point of a collision of both cultures and beliefs. Jacques is a young [...]

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The Worst Tornadoes of All Time

By Terri Dougherty Capstone Ages 10-15 Do you like books about weird and dangerous weather? Hey, this is the book for you. It’s a great nonfiction book that teaches you a little something about tornadoes, then introduces you to 11 horrific tornadoes, or tornado cells and the destruction they caused. You’ll see pictures of the [...]

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The Encyclopedia of Me

By Karen Rivers Scholastic Ages 10-15 Told with wit and humour, truth and sincerity, The Encyclopedia of Me is a model middle-grade novel that has tons of spirit and will capture its readers to the end. Never have encyclopedia entries been so hilarious and true-to-life.

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Deadly Voyage

By Hugh Brewster Scholastic Canada Ages 9-12 Fourteen-year old Jamie Laidlaw is excited to be leaving his stuffy English boarding school and heading home on the Titanic. Jamie meets new friends on his voyage to help him explore the massive new ship, and together they search out every nook and cranny of the massive liner, [...]

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Rebel Heart

By Moira Young Doubleday Canada Ages 13-18 Rebel Heart is the sequel to Moira Young’s Blood Red Road, a post-apocalyptic, dystopian thriller full of complex characters, an intriguing plot and adventure. In this continuation the main story begins with Saba, the heroine, as she and her siblings travel towards safety in the west, near Big [...]

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We Are Not Eaten by Yaks

By C. Alexander London Penguin Ages 9-13 Some people may think that having parents who are great adventurers would be terrific. Those people are wrong. Oliver and Celia Navel just want to watch television, not have adventures. They can learn everything they might need to know from that glowing screen…

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Trauma Queen

By Barbara Dee Aladdin Ages 8-15 Parents? Divorced. Recent status? Moved to new town and left best friend behind. Mom? A performance artist where the potential for embarrassment and misunderstanding is high. (Hey, it’s the reason you moved, right?) Dad? Seriously dating and talking about a dude ranch vacation. Little sister? Cute, but needy. Life [...]

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Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas Bloomsbury Ages 10-15 Celaena Sardothien is taken from a work camp where she was sent to die. Now she has one chance for freedom—to use the skills that got her sent away in the first place to win an assassin’s contest.

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