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By Elise Gravel. 2016
He weighed as much as a horse; he once wrestled a bear; he could devour twenty-five chickens in one sitting.… This whimsical book tells the story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life strongman who had muscles as big as his heart. Grades K-3. 2016.
By Janet Wilson. 2011
The true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who… have been fighting for a new school since 1979 when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building. Shannen's fight took her all the way to Parliament Hill and was taken up by children around the world. Shannen’s dream continues today with the work of the Shannen's Dream organization and those everywhere who are fighting for the rights of Aboriginal children. Grades 3-6. 2011.
By Christine Welldon. 2012
Who was Vic Stein? A man who enjoyed a pint of beer at the rugby match? A young woman who… worked behind the counter at a local department store? A seamstress in a sweatshop? Yes - she could be any and all of these characters, depending on the story she was chasing for her popular column in the Toronto News. Over 100 years ago, Vic Stein was one of the New Women, a Bachelor Girl who pursued a career in investigative journalism - hardly the type of lifestyle for an upper-middle class young lady. But she had to be stealthy, secretive, and cunning if she wanted her scoop. There are many details we do not know about this secretive and feisty journalist - we don't even know her real name! - but one thing we know for sure: Vic Steinberg would be laughing if she knew that decades after her death, people are still wondering about her and trying to solve the puzzle that was her life. Grades 3-6. 2012.
In its early days as Bytown, Ottawa was a community of entrepreneurs. Through the stories of eight intriguing businessmen the… development of the country's capital is revealed. These capital titans, in working toward their dreams, flavoured the region, and the country, with their strong personalities and opinions, and their legacy is still being felt today. 2004.
By Kim Ziervogel. 2009
Candace Grier-Lowe was a poor student in high school, but she loved animals and drew on that love to pursue… a career working with them. She upgraded her skills in order to apply for university and succeeded after much effort. Today she is at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine as a veterinary dentistry resident. Contains a veterinary medicine FAQ page. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.
By Kim Ziervogel. 2009
After doing well in high school English, Waub Rice applied to study in Germany for a year and was accepted.… He found this opened up a world of possibilities and he went to university at Ryerson to study journalism. Now this role model works in Winnipeg for the CBC doing stories about Aboriginal peoples. Contains a journalist career FAQ page. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.
By Monica Kulling. 2012
By Catherine Rondina. 2010
Have your parents ever told you that you shouldn't swallow a watermelon seed because a watermelon will grow in your… stomach? Or not to cross your eyes, because they'll stay stuck like that? Takes a look at many of the old sayings you've heard, examines them and their history, and gives you the truth about them. You'll find out if holding your breath will cure the hiccups, and if eating sugar will really make you hyper. Winner of the 2012 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Grades 3-6. 2010.
By Kevin Sylvester. 2010
Sylvester tells the stories of 19 dedicated behind-the-scenes stars of the sports world. The glamour of the frontline athletes takes… a backseat to the hardworking people whose jobs are critical to the success of their sport but often go unacknowledged. Readers will meet the eagle-eyed baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, the members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the doctor who treats injured players on the Canadian Olympic soccer team. Grades 3-6. 2010.
By Laurie Wallmark. 2017
Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader--AND rule breaker, chance… taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly was “Amazing Grace”, and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys. With a wealth of witty quotes, and richly detailed illustrations, this book brings Hopper's incredible accomplishments to life. Grades K-3. 2017.
By Jen Sookfong Lee. 2017
From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party… featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, 'Chinese New Year' is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Grades 3-6. 2017.
By Alice Walsh. 2016
A young African American and the son of sharecroppers, Lanier Phillips escapes the violence, racism, and segregation of his Georgia… home by joining the navy during the Second World War. But tragedy strikes the USS Truxtun one February night off the southeastern coast of Newfoundland, and Lanier is the lone Black survivor of the terrible shipwreck. Covered in oil when he arrives onshore, the community's kindness and humanity brings him back to health and changes his outlook on life. Grades K-3. 2016.
By Gilles Vigneault, Pierre Maisonneuve, Josée Latulippe. 2012
"Certaines chansons de Gilles Vigneault témoignent dune quête spirituelle profonde. Intrigué, le journaliste Pierre Maisonneuve la rencontré pendant plusieurs heures… afin de comprendre comment ce dernier avait, dans la tourmente du dernier demi-siècle, gardé en lui la foi héritée de ceux et celles qui lont précédé. En résulte un dialogue surprenant, dans lequel le grand poète nous révèle avec franchise et pudeur le pays intérieur qui lhabite. Fidèle à ceux qui lont précédé, à ceux qui lont instruit, Vigneault ne renie rien de son passé, il assume son présent et anticipe son avenir. Il décrit et nous dévoile les principales étapes de son existence : vie simple à Natashquan, univers culturel exceptionnel de son alma mater à Rimouski, découverte de Québec et ensuite du monde. Il conserve intactes des valeurs acquises aux jours de la grande noirceur, comme on a baptisé lavant-Révolution tranquille québécoise. Gilles Vigneault poursuitsa longue marche sur les chemins de pied tracés parles anciens. " -- 4e de couv.
By Andrew Larsen. 2017
When he was a child in the 1840s, Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to America in search of a… new beginning. His working-class Scottish family arrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Carnegie worked hard, in factories and telegraphy. He invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his time. Carnegie believed strongly in sharing his wealth, and one of the ways he did this was by funding the construction of over 2,500 public libraries around the world. His philanthropy completely revolutionized public libraries, which weren’t widespread at the time. Grades K-3. 2017.
By Nicole Mortillaro. 2012
Willie O'Ree quietly made NHL history at the Montreal Forum on January 18, 1958, when he became the first black… player to take to the ice. In the dressing room before the game, his Boston Bruins teammates told him not to worry; if any one of the Montreal players said anything to him, they'd have his back. There was a round of applause when O'Ree stepped onto the ice, and newspapers ran the story. The colour barrier in the NHL had been broken. This book traces the early life of O'Ree in Fredericton, New Brunswick, his journey to the NHL, highlights from his hockey career, and his work encouraging diversity in the NHL. Grades 4-7. 2012.
By Rina Singh. 2016
During Diwali, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate the legends and stories that describe the triumph of good over evil and… justice over oppression. The author explores her Indian roots as she tells the Diwali stories, which remind us that eventually light will prevail over darkness. Enriched by personal stories and spiced with festive recipes, "Diwali" brings to life the holiday's traditions, food and rituals and takes you on a journey to see how this festival is celebrated around the world. Grades 4-7. 2016
By Chelsea Clinton. 2018
By Chris Barton. 2016
A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson's life. Growing up in… a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults. Grades K-3. 2016.
By Grand Corps Malade. 2012
" Il y a une quinzaine d'années, en chahutant avec des amis, le jeune Fabien, pas encore vingt ans, fait… un plongeon dans une piscine. Il heurte le fond du bassin, dont l'eau n'est pas assez profonde, et se déplace les vertèbres. Bien qu'on lui annonce qu'il restera probablement paralysé à vie, il retrouve peu à peu l'usage de ses jambes après une année de rééducation. Quand il se lance dans une carrière d'auteur-chanteur-slameur, en 2003, c'est en référence aux séquelles de cet accident... On connaît l'immense succès qui suit : trois albums plébiscités par le public et la critique, une distinction de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, qui récompense la qualité de sa plume, toujours subtile et surprenante... Dans son livre, où il se fait pour la première fois auteur d'un récit en prose, il raconte, avec humour, dérision et beaucoup d'émotion, les douze mois passés en centre de rééducation et relate les aventures tragiques mais aussi cocasses vécues par lui et ses colocataires d'infortune. " -- 4e de couv.
By John Hull, Donatella Saulnier, Paule Vincent. 1995