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By Elizabeth MacLeod. 2019
On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At… the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in an record-breaking four minutes, forty-six seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage. After the peak of his running career, Tom volunteered for military service in World War I. He survived, and faced further challenges upon his return. But Tom Longboat continued to live his life on his own terms, and his legacy as Canada's foremost distance runner continues to be recognized to this day. Grades K-3. 2019.
By Marty Chan. 2019
Jon loves his new celebrity status. Everyone assumes that because he's Chinese, Jon Wong must be a first-class nerd who's… good at math. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the stereotypes. And then a rumor starts going around that Jon is a kung fu master. Rather than correct the mistake, Jon plays up the role and enjoys all the attention. But when the school bully challenges him to prove his skills, Jon must find a way to keep his status as the cool kid. Without getting pulverized. Grades 3-6. 2019.
By John Corr. 2019
Ever since his mom left, Riley has been a mess. He feels nervous all the time. His heart pounds, his… neck is tight, and he can't seem to turn off his brain. His dad signs him up for aikido, hoping it will help. In the dojo, Riley meets boys who are much rougher than he is and a girl who is tougher than all the rest of them put together. For Wafaa, aikido is not her first choice. She was disqualified from competing in judo for wearing a hijab. From the first time she steps on the mat, it's clear she is far more skilled than anyone expected. Through the teachings of their sensei, Riley and his classmates come to understand that aikido is not about winning or losing or about being perfect. Sensei shows them how to tap into their inner strength and find their place in the universe. Grades 5-8. 2019.
By Jenny Manzer. 2018
By Catherine Rondina. 2018
The son of an NHL draftee and the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation, Carey Price got his start on… skates as a toddler, first on a frozen creek and then on his father's homemade rink. The natural athlete went on to become one of the top amateur players in Canada in 2002, getting drafted fifth overall by the famed Montreal Canadiens three years later. Now one of the most recognizable figures in hockey, Carey credits his success to his community of Anahim Lake, British Columbia, where hard work and commitment often faced off against remoteness and cost. Throughout his incredible career, he's taken every opportunity possible to encourage all young people, especially those who share his indigenous background, to follow their dreams. Grades 6-9. 2018.
By Helaine Becker. 2019
This comprehensive compendium of fun activities and games will help kids stay active and enjoy all that the outdoors have… to offer. It is full of handy how-tos for fun things to make and do for every kind of kid. Whether at the local park or on a camping trip, around the town or in the country, or even inside on a rainy day, kids won't need a lot of special materials or too much planning to be able to enjoy these engaging activities. Grades 3-6. 2019.
By Wab Kinew. 2018
By Clare O'Connor. 2019
Eleven-year-old super skateboarder Sibby Henry liked her life just fine until her father quit his job and forced her family… to move from Charlottetown to Halifax. Now she's living with her Nan and Pops, starting at a new school and missing her super best friend Vera. On top of all that, Sibby is without the one thing that helps her feel confident and grounded: her skateboard. Within minutes of arriving at her new school, Sibby knows she will have a hard time following Vera's two rules for making new friends. First rule, stay chill. Second, ignore trouble. It's hard to be chill when you see a brand new super dope skate park but you no longer have a skateboard. And, when a kid named Freddie starts to push Sibby's friend around, Sibby knows she's found the kind of trouble that can't be ignored. Grades 5-8. 2019.
The five friends are members of their school's swim team and are training for an upcoming meet. Along the way,… they learn about: the benefits of physical fitness, setting goals, teamwork, safety, coping skills, respect for others, nutrition as fuel for their bodies, how the body and mind work together, and much more! The book concludes with fun ideas for how kids can get their bodies moving, an index and a glossary of terms. Grades 2-4. 2018.
By Alejandro Arbona. 2018
Did you know that Nintendo started in the mid-19th century as a playing card company and that the Japanese giant… also sold rice and operated taxi cabs? And did you know that the very first video game was called Tennis for Two and was created by a US government scientist named William Higinbotham? Today, video games play a gigantic role in our culture and none of this would have been possible without people like Shigeru Miyamoto, the creative mastermind that turned a failed business venture into the game that eventually inspired him to build Donkey Kong and Mario Bros., or Donna Bailey, who created the arcade sensation video game Centipede. This book tells the stories of these amazing men and women who turned a small hobby into a multimillion-dollar industry that changed the way we play and interact, from our living rooms to the arcades, on our computers to our hand-held devices. Grades 4-7. 2018.
By Erin Bow. 2019
A gripping new read from Erin Bow, acclaimed and bestselling author of Plain Kate and The Scorpion Rules! She had… always heard that the eagle chooses the eagle hunter. She wanted that. She wanted her eagle to come to her. To choose her. It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family's leader, but his life too. When her parents leave to seek a cure for Serik in a distant hospital, Aisulu finds herself living with her intimidating uncle and strange auntie -- and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle. To save her brother and keep her family from having to leave their nomadic life behind forever, Aisulu must earn her eagle's trust and fight for her right to soar. Along the way, she discovers that family are people who choose each other, home is a place you build, and hope is a thing with feathers. Erin Bow's lyrical middle grade debut is perfect for fans of original animal-friendship stories like Pax and Because of Winn Dixie.
By Craig Battle. 2019
The actual name of the place is Camp Avalon, but the kids call it Camp Average, because they never win… at any sport. And that's the way they like it. But this summer, Winston, the new camp director, doesn't like losing, and he's not about to start! Led by the main protagonist, Mack, and his best friend Andre, the boys in Cabin 10 have a different plan. They're going to lose like they've never lost before, at every sport, but especially at the baseball tournament with the three nearby powerhouse camps. That way, they'll get their summer back! Grades 3-6. 2019.
By Lorna Schultz Nicholson. 2018
An exciting, behind-the scenes look at the achievements of the greatest women's hockey player of all time!Hayley Wickenheiser has had… a long standout career, and this book explores everything it took for her to reach Olympic hockey gold four times!From her early days in small-town Saskatchewan, where she played on boys' teams because there weren't any teams for girls, to joining the Canadian Women's Team when she was just 15 years old, to being named MVP at both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic tournaments, this wonderful book gives all the details on her life and hardwon victories.Hayley's life is truly an Amazing Hockey Story, and this book is a true inspiration to any young sports fan!This new series features an action-packed format combining the excitement of full-colour comic book illustration segments with lively text and lots of photographs, including some never before seen.
By Galadriel Watson. 2019
These people did what?! Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery—a tour of the… human body’s amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of, with examples from around the world and throughout history. Short sketches of famous individuals, such as Louis Cyr and Usain Bolt, mixed with stories about the amazing physical feats of others not-so-famous, draw readers in and bring these astounding abilities to life in vivid color. Each chapter also features a section on how young readers can work at improving their own skills (and a section on how not to get hurt in the process), plus bite-sized related fast facts and sidebars. Easy-to-follow explanations of anatomy, physics, and other sciences are enhanced by Cornelia Li’s energetic and engaging artwork, and photos throughout further help to illustrate the awesome displays of the human body at work.
By Steven Sandor. 2017
A car accident injures her parents and paralyzes Janine from the waist down. Her best friend and teammate urges Janine… to look into sledge hockey. At first dismissing the sport as being just for the disabled, Janine agrees to play if her friend does too. They both learn that sledge hockey is an accessible sport, with fiercely competitive players, requiring a strength and skill set all its own. Adapting to her new life, Janine meets frustration at every turn. Soon her experiences lead her to speak up about the seeming invisibility of disabled people and their rights, taking her cause all the way to the professional hockey arena.Based on Steven Sandor's real-life experience and research, this story tracks the emotional and physical challenges a young teen faces when first dealing with disability.
By Monique Gray Smith, Danielle Daniel. 2017
By Ashley Spires. 2017
Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.… But one day, when they're looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou's friend has an idea: “Up there! The tree can be our ship!” Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she's sure she can't do it. So she comes up with reasons for not joining her friends - her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn't climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn't want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try? Grades K-3. 2017.
By Amy Hovey. 2019
Can you roar like a lion? Flutter like a butterfly? Stand strong and tall like a mountain? Then you can… do yoga! This exuberant rhyming board book celebrates the simple joy of yoga and the natural shapes that even the littlest yogis and yoginis can make with their bodies. Poses such as happy baby, child's pose and downward dog are ones you will see children spontaneously explore from a very young age. Babies and toddlers intuitively know the movements that restore their bodies and minds. Yoga Baby celebrates this mindful playfulness with a diverse selection of babies doing what babies love to do: feeling good and having fun!
By Lisa Bowes. 2019
Lucy and friends are out on the playground when they spot Ava playing basketball with her cousin Jermaine, a professional… player. Jermaine calls the kids over for a lesson on the fundamentals of the game and how to play three-on-three When the kids finish, Jermaine invites them to watch him play in a pro game. Lucy, Ava and friends cheer on Jermaine and his teammates, keeping an eye out on the real court for the skills they learned at the playground. Lucy Tries Basketball is the fifth title in the Lucy Tries Sports series, following books about hockey, soccer, short track and luge. The series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation. Also available in French as Lucy joue au basketball.
By Kathy Stinson. 2019
Who says dogs can’t fly? Meet Zora: a dog with a big dream and an even bigger personality. All Zora… wants to do is learn how to fly so she can catch that pesky squirrel in her yard. But try as she might to prove to her friend Tully—a skeptical cat—that dogs truly can fly, nothing seems to work. Until Zora finds the right motivation, that is. Kathy Stinson’s charming story of perseverance is beautifully brought to life by Brandon James Scott’s exuberant and wonderfully expressive illustration. Touching on themes of optimism and determination in the face of failure, The Dog Who Wanted to Fly is a book anyone—even a cat—will love.