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Blue Knight, The

By Raymond McGregor

"The Blue Knight" reveals problems in our society related to racism and bullying, which is an important topic that is currently at the forefront of many lives and is being discussed at great lengths around the world. The main character, a teenage boy named Owen, lives in a small ... Read more

Chasing Freedom

By Gloria Ann Wesley

The American Revolutionary War is being waged, and the fate of slaves in the colonies is on the line. Sarah Redmond, a slave on a South Carolina plantation, watches with a heavy heart as her father steals away in the dead of the night to join the British army, enticed by promises ... Read more

Cursed by the Sea God

By Patrick Bowman

The second volume in the trilogy that revisions Homer’s Odyssey is once again told from the viewpoint of Alexi, the young Trojan boy. Captured by Odysseus after the fall of Troy, Alexi is forced to accompany the Greeks on their sea journey home to Ithaca. Cursed by the Sea ... Read more

Dancing with the Cranes

By Jeannette Armstrong
Illustrated by Ron Hall

Dancing with the Cranes gives an understanding of birth, life and death. Chi's momma is soon to have a baby, but Chi is having a hard time being happy about it. Chi misses Temma (her grandma), who has passed away. Chi's momma and daddy help ease the pain of losing Temma and help ... Read more

Dark Times

Edited by Ann Walsh

The result of a cross-Canada contest for the best short stories about young people's experience of loss and grief, Dark Times is a superb anthology about a topic that often remains hidden but is crucial in the development of a child's sense of identity.

Fishtailing

By Wendy Phillips

Teen violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are presented in the poems of 4 unforgettable high school students. High School. Four lives caught up in a game. The problem with games like this is that there may be winners, but there are always losers. Teen violence, ... Read more

Follow the Elephant

By Beryl Young

What thirteen-year-old boy wants to travel on a hopeless quest to India with his grandmother? Not Ben Leeson, whose anger about his father’s recent death has led him to escape into the isolated world of computer games. India is the last place Ben ever thought of visiting and ... Read more

Frankie Zapper and the Disappearing Teacher

By Linda Rogers
Illustrated by Rick VanKrugel

In a warm-hearted novel with over 40 illustrations, Linda Rogers and Rick Van Krugel have created a magical children's book that will appeal especially to young readers aged 6 to 13. The story tells of Jen and Odie who discover that their First Nations friend Frankie Zapper ... Read more