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By Kristin Cast, P. C Cast. 2011
Zoey and Stark, safe at home, prepare to confront Neferet. Neferet is protected by handsome Aurox, but Zoey senses Aurox's… humanity and believes he can be more than just a weapon. Sequel to "Awakened"; followed by "Hidden". Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2011.
By Kristin Cast, P. C Cast. 2011
High priestess Neferet swears vengeance on Zoey. Meanwhile, Queen Sgiach is grooming Zoey as her replacement, and everyone's relationships are… changing. Sequel to "Burned"; followed by "Destined". Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2011.
By Nicki Pau Preto. 2019
An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises… herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle. I had a sister, once... In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders--legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire--until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart. I promised her the throne would not come between us. Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders--even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks. But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled. Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders' return and intends to destroy them once and for all. Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken. Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love's incredible power to save--or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister's hands.
By Kevin Sands. 2018
Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this fourth novel of the… award-winning Blackthorn Key series.Christopher Rowe has no idea who he is. After being shipwrecked in Devonshire, he wakes up alone, his memories gone. Villagers tell him he was possessed by an unseen evil, and only became conscious after being visited by the local witch. As Christopher tries to get his bearings, he realizes his current state may be far from coincidence. Dark events have been happening in this corner of Britain—village children are disappearing without a trace. There are whispers that the malevolent ghost of the White Lady has returned to steal the children away, one by one, and consume their souls. Thankfully, friends Tom and Sally find Christopher and help him reconnect with his unique skills and talents, even as his memories elude him. But as motives and secrets are revealed, Christopher finds himself in a desperate race to reclaim his memories and discover the missing children before it’s too late.
Is the fourth time a charm for October Schwartz and her ghost detective friends? While investigating the cause of Tabetha… Scott's 1860s death, October and the dead kids discover that Sticksville, Ontario, served as an endpoint for the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped enslaved people escape to free states and Canada. Fraudulent occult psychics, funeral home ambushes, band wars, the spooky Sticksville fairgrounds, and a history of prejudice all converge in a climactic conclusion that hints a secret society might be behind all manner of catastrophes in October's not-so-boring little town. For junior and senior high readers. Sequel to "Loyalist to a fault". 2018.
By Becky Citra. 2018
It's 1908, and 16-year-old Charlotte O'Dell is forced to move away from her great Aunt Ginny in Victoria, and live… and work at the St. Alice Hotel in order to make enough money to finish school. Her unruly red hair instantly makes her a new friend in Lizzie, though her equally fiery temperament doesn't go over quite as well with her boss, Mrs. Bannerman. Between organizing a women's march in support of the suffragettes, and memorizing all there is to know about her new profession in The Up-to-Date Waitress, Charlotte befriends one of the hot springs regulars, Mr. Doyle, and quickly learns about his tumultuous past with a boy he saw as a son, Henry. Determined to fix their relationship, she is ecstatic when all seems forgiven with a reunion at the St. Alice until she goes to brew her daily healing tea for Mr Doyle ̥and finds him dead. Who killed Doyle? Was it Henry - reeling from lingering resentment over Mr. Doyle's supposed betrayal of his mother? Colonel Mitterand? He fought in the Boer War alongside Doyle and discovers a secret romance he cannot fathom. Or is it Charlotte herself? The police seem to think so; after all, she's the one they arrested... For junior and senior high readers. 2018.
By S. K. Ali. 2019
Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to… find a way to live their own truths. For junior and senior high readers. 2019.
By Alice Kuipers. 2019
Carley Allison was an up-and-coming young figure skater and singer who died tragically at the age of 18 of a… cancer so rare there were only seven cases in the world. In this book, you will come to know Carley in her own words and in the words of the people who knew and loved her. Kuipers weaves the memories of Carley's friends, family, and boyfriend with the blog Carley kept throughout her journey, from the moment she was diagnosed until her final months of searching for treatment that would keep the disease at bay. Kuipers also recreates pivotal moments from Carley's point of view, acting as ventriloquist for a voice lost too young. This book is built around the words she lived by, both in sickness and in health. Above all, again and again, she summed up her philosophy in two words: always smile. For senior high readers. 2019.
By Shelley Hrdlitschka. 2018
When he is caught kissing a girl, Jon is banished from Unity, the polygamous community where he has lived his… entire life. Although he finds support in the friendship of other "Lost Boys," he is utterly unprepared for the outside world. Jon has never been to school before, and everything from computers to girls and drinking beer has his head spinning. How can he find his own way in a world he's never known? Companion book to "Sister wife". For senior high readers. 2018.
By Kari Jones. 2017
Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It's about helping producers in developing countries get… a fair price for their goods. Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world, and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a more equitable place. Grades 4-7. 2017.
By Philippa Dowding. 2018
Emma Blackwell used to love mermaids. Jonah Blackwell used to love pirates. And William Blackwell tried to be a good… captain. Which he would be, if he could get his twin brother and sister to stop fighting long enough to sail their boat, the Peregrine, across the bay. But after the Blackwells see a phantom ship, barely survive a terrible storm, and then mysteriously wake up with seaweed in their mouths, everything changes. They're becalmed in fog. They run aground on a strange island. They hear distant drums, and their weird adventure begins! The Blackwells face zombie pirates, terrifying mermaids, and a shipwrecked group of cursed ship's figureheads, including a Roman gladiator and an English knight, all led by the strange dolphin-boy, Finn. Grades 4-7. 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 Harriet Zaidman. 2019
The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was a key moment in Canadian history when demands of workers and returning soldiers all… played out in the bloody streets of Winnipeg. The governing elite condemned the strike organizers as "Bolsheviks" and unleashed waves of violence. The country hasn't fully healed since. A riveting middle-grade fiction focusing on a 13-year-old boy and his younger sister, part of a poor but hardworking immigrant family in Winnipeg's North End. And like so many others, it's a family that gets drawn into the chaos that terrible spring. Grades 5-8. 2019.
By Jo Treggiari. 2019
D and Spider have always been close friends, and they are further united in their shared heartbreak: they both lost… siblings in a horrific plane crash two years earlier. A chance sighting of a beloved cuddly toy in a photograph of the only survivor spurs D to finally seek closure. She and Spider and their friend, Min, set off on a road trip to the mountainside site of that terrible crash. Ariel has lived on the mountain all her life. She and her extended family are looked down upon by neighboring townsfolk and she has learned to live by her wits, trusting few people outside of her isolated, survivalist community. A terrifying attack sends her down the mountain for help; on her way, she comes upon the three girls -- a chance encounter that will have far-reaching consequences for them all. Grades 6-9. 2019.
By Natasha Deen. 2019
Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become… a scientist or doctor. Nira's grandmother and her best friend, Emily, are the only people who seem to truly understand her desire to establish an identity outside of the one imposed on Nira by her parents. When auditions for jazz band are announced, Nira realizes it's now or never to convince her parents that she deserves a chance to pursue her passion. As if fighting with her parents weren't bad enough, Nira finds herself navigating a new friendship dynamic when her crush, Noah, and notorious mean-girl, McKenzie "Mac," take a sudden interest in her and Emily, inserting themselves into the fold. So, too, does Nira's much cooler (and very competitive) cousin Farah. Is she trying to wiggle her way into the new group to get closer to Noah? Is McKenzie trying to steal Emily's attention away from her? As Farah and Noah grow closer and Emily begins to pull away, Nira's trusted trumpet "George" remains her constant, offering her an escape from family and school drama. But it isn't until Nira takes a step back that she realizes she's not the only one struggling to find her place in the world. As painful truths about her family are revealed, Nira learns to accept people for who they are and to open herself in ways she never thought possible. For junior and senior high readers. 2019.
By Polly Horvath. 2018
Ten-year-old Rupert Brown comes from an ordinary family. They live in a small house in the poorest section of Steelville,… Ohio, and have little money or food. So when Rupert inadvertently finds himself spending Christmas at the house of Turgid River -- the richest boy in town -- he is blown away to discover a whole other world, including all the food he can eat and wonderful prizes that he wins when the family plays games, prizes he hopes to take home to his family so they can have Christmas presents for the very first time. But this windfall is short-lived when Rupert loses it all in one last game and goes home empty-handed. Each member of the Rivers family feels guilty about what happened and, unbeknownst to each other, tries to make it up to Rupert in their own unique way, taking him on one unlikely adventure after another. Grades 4-7. 2018.
By Melinda McCracken. 2019
Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her working-class family in 1919 Winnipeg. The Great War and Spanish Influenza have taken their toll,… and workers in the city are frustrated with low wages and long hours. When they orchestrate a general strike, Cassie--bright, determined and very bored at school--desperately wants to help. She begins volunteering for the strike committee as a papergirl, distributing the strike bulletin at Portage and Main, and from her corner, she sees the strike take shape. Threatened and taunted by upper-class kids, and getting hungrier by the day, Cassie soon realizes that the strike isn't just a lark--it's a risky and brave movement. With her impoverished best friend, Mary, volunteering in the nearby Labour Café, and Cassie's police officer brother in the strike committee's inner circle, Cassie becomes increasingly furious about the conditions that led workers to strike. When an enormous but peaceful demonstration turns into a violent assault on Bloody Saturday, Cassie is changed forever. Grades 4-7. 2019.
By Monica Nawrocki. 2019
Charles Cedar Dance has little in common with his "hippie" mother. At the annual school camp, Charles has a chance… encounter with the father he has never known and while spying on him at a nearby anti-logging protest camp, Charles finds himself at the centre of a mystery involving a saboteur-turned-kidnapper. When Charles decides he wants to get to know his dad, he learns the truth about his parents and must re-evaluate his view of his family. Grades 4-7. 2019.
By Michael Hutchinson. 2019
Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four inseparable cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. Nicknamed the Mighty… Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting, and exploring together, the cousins find that each new adventure adds to their reputation. When a visiting archaeologist goes missing, the cousins decide to solve the mystery of his disappearance. In the midst of community conflict, family concerns, and environmental protests, the four get busy following every lead. From their base of operations in a fort made out of an old school bus, the Mighty Muskrats won't let anything stop them from solving their case! Grades 4-7. 2019.
By Edward Kay. 2019
This book about the science of smells takes a funky subject and makes it fascinating - and hilarious! It starts… with the basics, from the reason why things stink to how our sense of smell works (hint: it has to do with the six million scent receptors way up inside our noses). Then come some specifics such as how and why smells are closely linked to memories, descriptions of some of the stinkiest stinks on Earth, and information about the chemicals that smells are made of. Grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019.