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By H. J Hutchins. 2013
The summer is off to a lousy start when Levi's bike is stolen from outside the corner store. But when… his best friend Riley's locked bike is stolen the very next day, the boys are determined to get both bikes back. Upon discovering there have been a string of bike thefts in the area, the friends hatch several plans to find the culprit. There are so many potential suspects - Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand bike store. There's also Emily Grimshaw, Levi's childhood nemesis, who keeps popping up and showing a peculiar interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved somehow? Grades 2-4. 2013.
By Philippa Dowding, Allister Thompson. 2012
Christopher has a problem. He has just moved to Toronto; he’s now in a new school and has no friends.… But even worse, the park next door is creepy: voices whisper in the bushes, and something throws apples at his window and howls at the moon. But what? Gargoyles! Grades 3-6. 2012.
By Lorna Schultz Nicholson. 2016
Meet Erika and Gianni: One is a fifteen-year-old girl who loves to dance and sing and make people laugh. Being… in three dance numbers in the school production of Grease is a big job, but with the help of her Best Buddy, Gianni, Erika knows she can be a star. The other is a Grade 11 boy with a secret. Like his Best Buddy, Erika, who was born with Down Syndrome, Gianni loves to sing and dance. He also knows that he was born different from the other boys in his school -- but is he that different from the cool, attractive male lead in the school play? Or is he just imagining that the sparks between them are mutual? And will the rough gang of guys at school also pick up on who he really is? For junior and senior high readers. 2016.
By Susan Hughes. 2013
It's the start of winter, and Patrick is beginning to feel crowded out of his own family. His father's friend,… Linda, and her seven-year-old daughter, Claire, are coming for dinner again. By the time spring arrives, not only is Patrick's father planning to marry Linda, but she and Claire will be coming to live with them at the summer's end. That just won’t do. So Patrick comes up with a big idea. He'll build a tree house where he can stretch out his arms and breathe. Grades 3-6. 2013.
By Sharon E McKay. 2014
Five-year-old Beatrix looks on in horror as a soldier forces her mother off the tram. It is 1942 in Amsterdam,… and everyone knows what happens to Jews who are taken away by the Nazis. The soldier turns his attention to Beatrix, when suddenly, the ticket-taker, Lars Gorter, blurts out that she is his niece. With his brother Hans, the tram conductor, they manage to rescue the child from the same fate as her mother. The two elderly brothers realize that they are now in charge of the little girl. They are at a loss -- after all, neither one has ever married, let alone has children. They know that harbouring a Jew could cost them their lives, but in desperation, they turn to a neighbour, Mrs. Vos, for help. Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2015-16 Hackmatack Award for fiction. Winner of the 2016 Silver Birch Express Award. 2014.
By Glen Huser. 2014
When Carolina Giddle moves into the Blatchford Arms, no one knows what to make of her sequin-sprinkled sneakers and her… trinket-crusted car. But the parents are happy there’s a new babysitter around, and Carolina seems to have an uncanny ability to calm the most rambunctious child with her ghostly stories. Armed with unusual snacks (bone-shaped peppermints, Rumpelstiltskin sandwiches) and candles to set the mood, she entertains the children with good old-fashioned storytelling and, at the end, a great Halloween party. It turns out that Carolina has a timeworn connection to the Blatchford Arms, and to the ghost who still haunts the building - especially its old-fashioned elevator. Grades 3-6. 2014.
By Karen Bass. 2016
Jared’s plane has crashed in the Alberta wilderness, and Kyle is first on the scene. When Jared insists on hiking… up the highest hill in search of cell phone reception, Kyle hesitates; his Cree grandmother has always forbidden him to go near it. There’s no stopping Jared, though, so Kyle reluctantly follows. After a night spent on the hilltop - with no cell service - the teens discover something odd: the plane has disappeared. Nothing in the forest surrounding them seems right. In fact, things seem very wrong. And worst of all, something - a creature that should only exist in legend - is hunting them. For senior high readers. 2016.
By Jill MacLean. 2013
Sigrid Sugden is a Shrike, a member of one of the toughest group of girls in school. They are experts… at blackmail, extortion and bullying their terrorized classmates. But one day, the Shrikes go too far. Sigrid realizes that their favourite victim, Prinny Murphy, is in real danger. She makes a decision that will save Prinny from danger, but will turn the Shrikes anger and bullying against their former friend who betrayed them to the authorities. For junior high and older readers. Sequel to “The present tense of Prinny Murphy”. 2013.
By Philippa Dowding. 2010
What if your best friend was a naughty 400-year-old gargoyle, and what if he just happened to be in terrible… danger? Katherine Newberry is friends with a gargoyle named Gargoth of Tallus who lives in her backyard. Gargoth has lost the only creature on the planet who can help him, Ambergine, his greatest friend. What Katherine and Gargoth don't know is that Ambergine is searching for Gargoth too - but so is his greatest enemy. Sequel to "The Gargoyle in My Yard". Grades 5-8. 2010.
By Becky Citra, Kathryn Cole. 2016
Twelve-year-old Will Poppy has always been fascinated by writing, but when his mother dies and he has to live with… his crabby aunt, he finds himself unable to write a word. When he is sent a mysterious package that includes an old picture of his grandparents and a piece of cloth with the words "The Griffin of Darkwood" on it, his aunt takes him to a run-down castle with servants who are up to no good. Now Will must find his way in this new world, and discover the magic all over again. Grades 3-6. 2016.
By Vicki Blum. 2005
Pursued by their own herd and by human enemies, two young dragons embark on a dangerous journey. Ember and Brand… must fly over mountains, desert and sea to save the life of a young boy - and the future of the Dragon Lords. Grades 3-6. 2005.
By Rachelle Delaney. 2013
JR the terrier and his embassy friends Robert, Pie, and Beatrix are on their way to Prague! Having solved the… mystery of the missing dogs in Moscow, JR is ready for a vacation with his human, George, and George’s Russian girlfriend, Nadya. And where better to distract themselves than in Prague, taking in the sights and meeting Nadya’s brother, a circus performer. But something is amiss at the circus - the animals are unhappy. The boxing kangaroo doesn’t want to box, the dancing chimpanzee doesn’t want to dance. Not only that, but a fancy new circus is coming to town, threatening to put everyone out of a job. It’s up to JR and the embassy dogs to save the show, with the help of some unlikely accomplices. Grades 3-6. Sequel to "The metro dogs of Moscow". 2013.
By Deborah Ellis. 2000
A story about loyalty, survival, families and friendship, set against the backdrop of an intolerable existence in war-torn Afghanistan. Eleven-year-old… Parvana lives in Taliban-controlled Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. Masquerading as a boy, Parvana goes to work in the streets so that her family can eat. Parvana becomes the breadwinner. Grades 5-8. 2000.
By Andrée Poulin, Brigitte Waisberg. 2016
On his fifth birthday, Thomas’s mother left, and he hasn’t seen her since. The last thing he remembers is her… making a delicious dish of poutine for his birthday, into which she stuck five green candles for him to blow out. On the day of this twelfth birthday, Thomas comes up with the idea of setting a Guinness world record for the biggest poutine in the world. Maybe then, his mother will come back and his emotionally distant father will pay attention to him. As he puts together all the pieces of his “Phenomenal Poutine Project,” Thomas not only learns why his mother disappeared, but he also comes to realize that Elie, the one person whose help he rejected, turns out to be his most devoted friend. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2017 Silver Birch Express Award. 2016. Uniform title: La plus grosse poutine du monde.
By Anne Michaels. 2015
Miss Petitfour enjoys having adventures that are just the right size - fitting into a single, magical day. She is… an expert at baking and eating fancy iced cakes, and her favourite mode of travel is "par avion." On windy days, she takes her sixteen cats out for an airing. With the aid of her favorite tea party tablecloth as a makeshift balloon, Miss Petitfour and her charges fly over her village, having many little adventures along the way. Grades 2-4. 2015.
By Wade Albert White. 2017
Anne and her best friends Penelope and Hiro are tasked with an unwanted quest that could start a war between… the Hierarchy and the dragon clan, and so to avoid disaster and save the world, the three friends must face dragon trials, defeat robots, and circumvent bureaucracy. Sequel to "The adventurer's guide to successful escapes". Grades 5-8. 2017.
By Linda Bailey. 2015
Lewis Dearborn is a lonely, anxious, "terminally shy" boy of eleven when his great-grandfather passes away and leaves Lewis's family… with his decaying seaside mansion. Lewis is initially delighted with his new bedroom, a secluded tower in a remote part of the house. Then he discovers that it's already occupied -- by the ghosts of seven dead pirates. Worse, the ghosts expect him to help them re-take their ship, now restored and on display in a local museum, so they can make their way to Libertalia, a legendary pirate utopia. The only problem is that this motley crew hasn't left the house in almost two hundred years and is terrified of going outside. Grades 4-7. 2015.
By Joanne Levy. 2012
After being hit by lightning, twelve-year-old Lilah, who has a crush on classmate Andrew Finkel, discovers that she can communicate… with dead people, including her grandmother who wants Lilah to find a new wife for Lilah's divorced father. Grades 5-8. 2012.
By Tanya Lloyd Kyi. 2017
When her dreams of being a ninja are ended after an arranged marriage, Chiyome must wait until the opportunity arises… for her to create her own network of women spies in sixteenth-century Japan. Grades 5-8. 2017.
By Margriet Ruurs, Nizar Ali Badr. 2016
A young girl and her family are forced to flee their village to escape the civil war that has engulfed… Syria, and make their way toward freedom in Europe. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2016.