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By Hugh Brewster. 2009
On the night of August 19, 1942, a force of five thousand Canadians launched an attack on the Nazi-held French… port of Dieppe. When it was over, the Allies were forced to retreat, nearly a thousand Canadian troops lay dead, and almost two thousand were taken prisoner. For years, defenders of the raid claimed that the Allies learned valuable lessons from Dieppe that were put to use later in the war, but others believed that the Canadian soldiers had been used as cannon fodder. Includes sections about the evacuation and the POW experiences. Explicit descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6. 2009.
By Larry Verstraete. 2011
A killer has been caught, convicted, and sentenced, the case closed, all in 114 days. No one suspected – least… of all the boy on death row – that it would take almost 50 years for a tiny piece of scientific evidence to answer the question: was he really the murderer? 40 amazing stories of how scientists solve crimes, reveal identities, untangle evidence, and discover the truth. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2013 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2011.
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 Sarah Elton. 2014
Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, the author explains how ingredients have been on the… move for centuries, resulting in the unique and fusion flavours we love today. She breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized, easily digestible pieces of information. Young readers will be able to make sense of recipes, measure and substitute ingredients, and stock a pantry. They'll also discover that food is much more than just a pre-packaged meal. Grades 4-7. 2014.
By Joanne George. 2017
Smiley, a most remarkable Golden Retriever, was born without eyes. He was rescued from a puppy mill and has become… a superb therapy dog, providing therapy to people all over the world through social media and television. This is his story. Winner of the 2018 Silver Birch Express Award. Winner of the 2019 Red Cedar Information Book Award. Winner of the 2019 Hackmatack Award for non-fiction. Grades 4-6. 2017. Smiley, the therapy dog -- Smiley and Joanne -- Smiley and Joanne's new family -- St. John Ambulance therapy dogs -- Smiley, the blind therapy dog -- Smiley, the celebrity -- Ways you can help.
By Mary Beth Leatherdale. 2017
The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past… few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life. Grades 4-7. Winner of the 2018 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2017.
By Monique Gray Smith. 2017
Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack… of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action. For senior high readers. 2017.
By Wendy Kitts. 2011
Though it was discovered almost 500 years ago, few people have visited Sable Island. Despite modern navigational tools, excessive fog… and stormy weather still make travelling to Sable a challenge. But the island is part of Maritime lore--dubbed the "graveyard of the Atlantic" because of the number of ships wrecked on its shores. Sable Island also hosts wild horses, thousands of seals, and enchanting "singing" sands and "wandering" dunes. Sable Island is as dangerous as it is alluring. Grades 2-4. 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.
By Jean-Luc Morin, Lyse Veilleux, Mireille Morissette. 2015
Ottilia, c'est l'histoire d'Odile, une jeune femme de 26 ans pleine de vie et de projets, qui apprend un jour… qu'elle est atteinte d'une rétinite pigmentaire, une maladie dégénérative des yeux. Elle vivra intensément la dégradation de sa vue et sa réadaptation en tant que non-voyante. Cette tragédie aura des répercussions tant sur sa vie personnelle que sur sa vie professionnelle. Odile travaille dans un cabinet d'avocats. Au fil de l'histoire, elle sera accusée de fraude. 2015.
By Jess Keating. 2016
Some people think pink is a pretty colour. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y colour. But it's so much more. Sure, pink… is the colour of princesses and bubblegum, but it's also the colour of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish. Isn't it about time to rethink pink? Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2017 Silver Birch Express Honour Book Award. 2016.
By Jennifer Couëlle. 2013
Cent écoliers d'origines ethniques et culturelles diverses ont répondu à cette question: si tu pouvais changer le monde, que ferais-tu?… L'auteure a écrit toutes les réponses dans un cahier, sans échapper un seul mot, en prenant bien soin de noter le nom et l'âge de chacun des enfants. Années 2-4. 2013.
By Michelle Mulder. 2013
"Pedal It!" encourages young readers to be part of the joy of cycling. From the very first boneshakers to today’s… sleek racing bikes, from handlebars to gear sprockets, this book shows you how bikes can make the world a better place. Not only can bikes be used to power computers and generators, they can also reduce pollution, promote wellness and get a package across a crowded modern city - fast! Grades 4-7. 2013.
By Monique Polak. 2016
During Passover, Jews are reminded of how, more than three thousand years ago, their ancestors emerged from slavery to become… free men and women. Polak explores her own Jewish roots as she tells the Passover story, which reminds us that the freedom to be who we are and practice our religion, whatever it may be, is a great gift. It also teaches us that if we summon our courage and look out for each other, we can endure and overcome the most challenging circumstances. Grades 4-7. 2016.
By Jane Drake, Ann Love, Samantha Swenson, Sue Tate. 2013
History is full of gruesome pandemics, and surviving those pandemics has shaped our society and way of life. Every person… today is alive because of an ancestor who survived -- and surviving our current and future pandemics, like SARS, AIDS, and bird flu will determine our future. This book presents in-depth information about past and current illnesses; the evolution of medicine and its pioneers; cures and treatments; strange rituals and superstitions; and what we're doing to prevent future pandemics. Grades 4-7. 2013.
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 Rob Laidlaw. 2011
Dogs have been loyal to humankind for thousands of years, but today, millions of dogs are neglected and malnourished, and… millions of other dogs are used in scientific research and for entertainment, and kept as pets in a remarkable diversity of conditions. Laidlaw explores the world of homeless, mistreated, and exploited dogs, and the challenges they face, but he also focuses on the people he calls "dog champions" – people around the world who dedicate their lives to helping dogs. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2013 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Winner of the 2013-14 Hackmatack Award for non-fiction. 2011.
By Gail Vaz-Oxlade. 2015
"Money talks" is Gail's answer to the toughest - and most common - problem that sits at the heart of… money and relationships: how to tell your mate, your father, your best friend or your grandmother it's time for a change. With over 75 different scenarios drawn from years of working with real Canadians, Gail helps readers see their own situations through stories that reflect what they're experiencing. Then she gives readers the language to negotiate effectively, showing them that for each problem there are steps they can take to find a solution. 2015.
By Gail E Vaz-Oxlade. 2011
Want to teach your kids to see money as a tool, not a trap? Determined to help them avoid the… mistakes you made? Gail starts with an age-appropriate allowance, showing parents how to use it effectively to help their kids. What better gift could you give your kids than the confidence to control their money, rather than letting their money control them? 2011.
By Solange Messier. 2014
"Mingan my village" is a collection of 15 faces and 15 poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to… be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature. Winner of the 2013 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec (5-11 years category). Grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.