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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 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 Maureen Jennings. 2010
1873, Nova Scotia. A storm has wrecked a ship on the shores of a fishing village, and people work bravely… to rescue the crew - but many die. When young Will Murdoch and the local priest examine the bodies, they discover gold and diamonds. They suspect that the shipwreck was not responsible for all the deaths. Some descriptions of violence. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. 2010.
By Becky Citra. 2009
Sam, a nine-year-old boy, is devastated when his mother drops him off for two weeks on his grandfather's ranch. Grandpa… has a lot of rules, and Sam isn't happy about having to stay with him, but it isn't all bad - he learns to ride a horse and also discovers some surprising things about his father, who died when Sam was a baby. When Sam is forced to overcome his fear of riding in order to help rescue Grandpa, Sam grows to appreciate both his grandpa and life on the ranch. Grades 2-4. 2009.
By Yolanda Ridge. 2012
It's the end of grade six and Bree plans to spend the summer hanging around her townhouse complex in Vancouver.… But her parents have other plans for her; she is going to Ontario to stay with her grandma who lives on a farm "in the middle of nowhere", a farm about to be destroyed by a superhighway unless Bree can stop it. Sequel to "Trouble in the trees". Grades 3-6. 2012.
By François Gravel. 2005
David n'a pas peur des cimetières. Il sait que les morts sont enfermés dans les cercueils. Ils ne peuvent pas… sortir. Mais ce soir, David a peur. Il doit accompagner son père au salon funéraire. Et si le mort se réveillait ? Et si son cauchemar devenait vrai ? Cette fois, David n'affrontera pas ses terreurs tout seul. Avec sa jeune cousine, il trouvera le courage de participer à cette réunion de famille un peu particulière. Années 1-3. 2005.
By Alexandre Jardin. 2005
By Alex Lyttle. 2017
"My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession...I killed my brother". It's the summer… before grade 6 and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He's recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It's hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother Sammy who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. So Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from chasing wasps to tromping through rose bushes. And Sammy is all too eager-- as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status. But when Cal meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not guilty enough to change. At least not until things at home start falling apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2018 Silver Birch Fiction Award. 2017.
By Pamela Porter. 2011
In a small prairie town like Argue, Saskatchewan, everyone knows everybody else's business, so everyone knows that the Loney family… has been barely hanging on - the father, George, has been reduced to drink and despair since the loss of his farm and the death of his wife, Margaret, and the four children do not get along with George's second wife, the pious, bitter Effie. When George dies and Effie runs off, the children find a way, under the watchful eye of their ghostly parents, to survive. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. For senior high readers. 2011.
By Cary Fagan, Selçuk Demirel. 2011
Jeremiah Birnbaum is stinking rich - he lives in a huge house, goes to the best schools, and takes lessons… in etiquette, ballroom dancing, painting, and classical piano. Jeremiah does all this because he wants to please his parents, but one day he hears the captivating strains of a banjo, and the music stirs something him. When his parents forbid him to play one, he decides to learn anyway - even if he has to make the instrument himself. Grades 4-7. 2011.
By Carla Gunn. 2009
Sensitive, intelligent nine-year-old Phineas Walsh has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world and the environment. He's broken up over… his grandfather's death, his grandmother's sadness, and his parents' separation. When his Grade 4 class gets an Australian pet frog, Phin can't bear to see Cuddles penned up in a cage so far from his natural habitat, so he and his best pal, Bird, are spurred to action. Some strong language. 2009.
By Kathleen Cook Waldron. 2015
When Ari's beloved grandfather dies, he leaves Ari an amazing gift - his log cabin and all the land he… owned. Ari’s family want to sell it to a hotel developer, while Ari sets about discovering the hidden beaches, forest trails, locked doors, and even an extraordinary (and exasperating) new friend who introduces him to a world into which he sees himself just fitting. With the deadline to sign away the property approaching, can Ari speak up for his hopes, for his grandfather, and for the land itself? Grades 5-8. 2015.
By Patrice Lawrence. 2009
When Michael goes to visit his relatives in Trinidad, he isn't impressed by what he sees. Everything is bigger and… more exciting in London, which makes him better than his cousin Shayla, doesn't it? The contest is on! From who dares taste the hottest pepper sauce to who can climb highest up the lime tree, the two battle it out. But who will win when it really matters? Grades 2-4. 2009.
By A. S King. 2011
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who… went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbour, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex and some descriptions of violence. For senior high readers. 2011.
By Sara O'Leary. 2016
When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are… all different in many ways, but the same in the one way that matters most of all. Grades K-3. 2016.
By William Bedford. 2001
Daniel loves being out at sea. He is desperate to go fishing with his dad but for two years his… dad has made excuses to leave him behind. There is only one way to find out why, and it could get him into a lot of trouble. Grades 2-4. 2001.
By Judith Viorst. 1969
By Emma Donoghue. 2017
Once upon a time, two couples with Jamaican, Mohawk, Indian, and Scottish ethnic roots won the lottery and bought a… big house where all of them, four adults and seven adopted and biological children, could live together in harmony--but change is inevitable, especially when a disagreeable grandfather comes to stay. Grades 4-7. 2017.
By Dany Laferrière, Frédéric Normandin. 2006
Vieux Os aime jouer avec les fourmis. Passer laprès-midi sur le balcon avec sa grand-mère, Da. Regarder vivre les habitants… de Petit-Goâve. Mais ce quil aime le plus, cest Vava dans sa robe jaune. Cela lui donne la fièvre, encore plus que la bicyclette rouge quil désire tant. Quand on a aimé Vava à dix ans, cela dure... toute une vie! -- 4e de couv.
By Édith Bourget. 2013
La maman d'Olivia est pâtissière et confiseuse. Chaque samedi, Olivia et son petit frère aident leur maman à la boutique.… Ce samedi-là, Olivia aimerait beaucoup que sa maman confectionne un cœur en chocolat tout spécialement pour elle. Années M-2.