Silver Birch Express 2018

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    Smiley A Journey of Love Joanne George Canada
    9781554554126 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 10 Publication Date:September 11, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 8.25 x 10.25 x 0.35 in | 454 gr | 56 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Fitzhenry and Whiteside
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      While working as a veterinary technician, Joanne George heard about a puppy mill not far from the clinic and embarked on a rescue mission with her coworkers. On that special day Joanne met Smiley for the first time. He had been born without eyes and with dwarfism and because of his time in the puppy mill, Smiley was suffering from serious anxiety. While the other dogs rescued that day were found loving homes, Smiley was going to need some extra special care. Nothing happens without practice and patience and Joanne and Smiley learned both those traits together. Gradually Smiley was able to walk offleash and started greeting Joanne at the back door. She gave Smiley a loving home and he taught her patience, understanding and acceptance. It became evident that Smiley would be a wonderful therapy dog.

      On the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017 list

      Bio

      Joanne George is a dog trainer and former veterinary technician who lives with her family (and Smiley) in Stouffville, Ontario. She and Smiley visit nursing homes, libraries, children's programs and schools as part of a therapy dog program with St John's Ambulance.

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      "An appealing and upbeat biography of a winsome dog with a plucky and compassionate owner."
      Kirkus Reviews

      "Touching and engaging. . . The accessibly written, descriptive narrative, incorporating abundant photos of Smiley and interspersed with encouraging motivational quotes, addresses topics like disabilities straightforwardly and sensitively, all while conveying the importance of positive attitudes, respect, and understanding. Side information further explains concepts such as puppy mills and what therapy dogs are and the jobs they do. Many readers will find Smiley's tale affecting and inspiring."
      Booklist

      "Smiley: A Journey of Love is an inspiring story for all ages. Joanne George's prose is clear and concise. The six chapters of the book tell a story of determination, compassion and survival. The photographs and captions are seamlessly integrated into the storyline."
      Highly Recommended."
      CM Magazine

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    Series: CitizenKid
    Banana-Leaf Ball, The How Play Can Change the World Katie Smith Milway Canada, Shane Evans
    9781771383318 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:April 04, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.38 in | 1.11 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer. Though Deo loves soccer and has even made his own ball out of banana leaves, he's unsure at first about joining in when he sees Remy on the field. But as Deo and the other boys get drawn into the game, everything begins to change. Their shared joy in playing provides the children --- including Remy --- with a sense of belonging. “Ball by ball, practice by practice, children who were once afraid of each other laugh together,” the book explains, and “no one feels so alone anymore.” Based on a true story, Katie Smith Milway's inspiring tale shows how a desperate situation can be improved by finding common ground through play. It provides a perfect starting point for discussing the social justice issues surrounding the growing number of refugees worldwide. Award-winning Shane W. Evans's artwork powerfully and poignantly personalizes for children the experience of refugees. Furthermore, the book examines the value of using sports to build pro-social behavior, particularly as it relates to bullying. By depicting characters who change and evolve over the course of the story, kids of all backgrounds and experiences will find something positive to relate to. The back matter contains information about the “real” Deo, instructions for games that build trust and inclusion through play, and suggestions for how to support play-based nonprofit organizations.
      Bio
      Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., has coordinated community development programs in Africa and Latin America for Food for the Hungry; consulted on village banking in Senegal with World Vision and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written books and articles on sustainable development and is currently a partner at nonprofit consultancy The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

      Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many picture books for children, including The Way a Door Closes, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner; Underground, a Coretta Scott King Award winner; My Brother Charlie, a NAACP Image Award winner; We March and Lillian's Right to Vote, Jane Addams Award winners; as well as Chocolate Me! and Mixed Me! He has exhibited his art in West Africa and Paris, as well as in Chicago, New York, and other major U.S. cities. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.

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      This title will fill the gaps of any collection looking for more materials on the refugee crisis, and Burundi refugees in particular, and how the power of organized play can positively impact a dark time in any community.—School Library Journal
      ... this book is sure to prompt deep conversations.—School Library Connection
      A moving story about how a single item can change a life and how playing can fill that life with joy.—Booklist
      This outside-looking-in depiction of the power of play to bridge new relationships in Burundi serves as a universal lesson that all readers can draw on.—Kirkus Reviews
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    Big Blue Forever The Story of Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton Anita Miettunen Canada
    9780889955424 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 10 Publication Date:January 13, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 8.25 x 10.25 x 0.5 in | 526 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Red Deer Press
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      Big Blue Forever is inspired by the true story of how a blue whale skeleton found on a remote beach in PEI was shipped cross country and reassembled for permanent display at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. This unique Canadian adventure story is complemented with intriguing facts about blue whales and their environment, and the fascinating process that museums go through to uncover, prepare, and reassemble skeletons for display and study.

      Bio

      Anita Miettunen
      Is a writer and illustrator who loves exploring the natural world. She has previously worked for Environment Canada and currently coordinates a program supporting early-career research scientists addressing pressing biodiversity issues across Canada. She also volunteers at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver where over 100,000 visitors have seen Big Blue's skeleton since 2010. Anita has traveled worldwide, often on her bicycle and has lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, England, Finland, and Japan. She currently lives in Vancouver, close to the ocean, in a little white house under a giant fir tree.
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      "A fascinating story curiously told."
      Kirkus Reviews

      "The largest animal to ever live is one of the hardest to see. There aren't many Blue Whales left in the world, and they spend their time under water, so most people have never seen one. But thanks to a remarkable team of scientists, who don't mind working in smelly, messy conditions, a 150 ton, fully grown whale has been raised from the grave and put on display for all to see. This book tells the astounding tale of skinning an animal larger than a dinosaur, moving it across the country, then hanging its re-assembled skeleton from the ceiling. An amazing accomplishment."
      Bob McDonaldOC, author, journalist and Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks

      "The book is actually two stories. It starts with a view of the windswept Prince Edward Island shoreline. The following spreads show Big Blue's carcass, the area where she was buried, and shots of the crew as they dig her up, move her across the country, and figure out how to prepare her skeleton for display. This section would make a fascinating read aloud for primary and junior students. It's followed by a text-dense section that repeats the basic story, this time with additional facts students can use to research the story of Big Blue, blue whales in general, and the challenges that all whales face in today's world. This section is illustrated by thumbnail photographs with clear captions that make the text accessible to challenged readers. Having a double story like this increases the value of Big Blue Forever for school use, making it a recommended title. Student researchers will appreciate the list of related web sites. Gifted students will be particularly interested in the author's bibliography."
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      "The science behind the process of rebuilding and transporting the skeleton is undeniably interesting, as are the numerous accompanying photographs."
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    Boy Named Queen Sara Cassidy Canada
    9781554989058 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (US) from 3 - 6, Reading age from 8 - 11 Publication Date:August 01, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.28 in | 180 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Evelyn is both aghast and fascinated when a new boy comes to grade five and tells everyone his name is Queen. Queen wears shiny gym shorts and wants to organize a chess/environment club. His father plays weird loud music and has tattoos.

      How will the class react? How will Evelyn?

      Evelyn is an only child with a strict routine and an even stricter mother. And yet in her quiet way she notices things. She takes particular notice of this boy named Queen. The way the bullies don’t seem to faze him. The way he seems to live by his own rules. When it turns out that they take the same route home from school, Evelyn and Queen become friends, almost against Evelyn’s better judgment. She even finds Queen irritating at times. Why doesn’t he just shut up and stop attracting so much attention to himself?

      Yet he is the most interesting person she has ever met. So when she receives a last-minute invitation to his birthday party, she knows she must somehow persuade her mother to let her go, even if it means ignoring the No Gifts request and shopping for what her mother considers to be an appropriate gift, appropriately wrapped with “boy” wrapping paper.

      Her visit to Queen’s house opens Evelyn’s eyes to a whole new world, including an unconventional goody bag (leftover potato latkes wrapped in waxed paper and a pair of barely used red sneakers). And when it comes time for her to take something to school for Hype and Share, Evelyn suddenly looks at her chosen offering — her mother’s antique cream jug — and sees new and marvelous possibilities.

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      Sara Cassidy is a journalist and editor and the author of ten novels for young readers, including A Boy Named Queen. Her books have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, and she has been a finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Diamond Willow Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. Recently, Sara authored the picture book Helen’s Birds, illustrated by Sophie Casson. She has also won a National Magazine Award (Gold) for a piece in Today’s Parent. She lives in Victoria.

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      Awards
      Quill & Quire Reviewer Pick 2016, Commended
      CBC Best Books of 2016 2016, Commended
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List 2017, Commended
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award 2018, Short-listed
      Diamond Willow Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      Praise for Sara Cassidy and A Boy Named Queen:

      "A small, eloquent book with a powerful message." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

      "Cassidy does a lovely job of letting the lessons of embracing individuality, confidence, acceptance, and tolerance clearly and cleverly reveal themselves in this short but punchy novel." — Quill and Quire

      "This is a book of gentle nudges that could open some minds as well as some possibility for discussion." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

      "Cassidy's novella is a little gem … a lovely book with which to begin the school year, not only for the message of tolerance it conveys, but also for the beautiful language in which it has been delivered. " — Canadian Children's Book News

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    Heartwood Hotel Book 1: A True Home Kallie George Canada, Stephanie Graegin
    9781443443937 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / General Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:July 04, 2017
    $16.99 CAD 5.5 x 7.75 x 0.69 in | 9.12 oz | 288 pages Carton Quantity:56 HarperCollins
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      “Charming and imaginative, and full of endearing characters who excel at kindness as only animals can. With stories that highlight the power of friendship, Heartwood Hotel is sure to leave readers eager to visit again.” —Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of The Most Magnificent Thing

      “If there’s one thing Vancouver author Kallie George knows, it’s how to create a tale full of whimsy.” —Quill & Quire

      Downton Abbey meets The Tale of Peter Rabbit in this heartwarming chapter book about a mouse discovering where she belongs.

      When Mona the mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes the staff will let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury and comfort. But it’s not all acorn soufflé and soft, moss-lined beds. Danger lurks nearby, and as it approaches, Mona has to use all her wits to protect the place she’s come to love. Because this hotel is more than a warm shelter for the night. It might also be a home.

      This delightfully enticing story of friendship, courage and community, sweetly illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, kicks off a new chapter-book series by the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency books.

      Bio

      Kallie George is an author, editor, and creative writing teacher. She has written numerous books for children, including the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, the Heartwood Hotel series, Wings of OlympusDuck, Duck, Dinosaur, and The Lost Gift. Kallie lives in BC, on the Sunshine Coast, with her husband and son. Visit Kallie online at www.kalliegeorge.com.



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      “Charming and imaginative, and full of endearing characters who excel at kindness as only animals can. With stories that highlights the power of friendship, the Heartwood Hotel is sure to leave readers eager to visit again.”
      “The Heartwood Hotel is a truly charming tail—I mean tale—as warm and sweet as an acorn soufflé, with just a dash of danger and mystery. Mona is a tiny mouse with a big heroic heart who readers will root for!”
      “If there’s one thing Vancouver author Kallie George knows, it’s how to create a tale full of whimsy.”
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    I Am Not a Number Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis Canada, Kathy Kacer Canada, Gillian Newland Canada
    9781927583944 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 7 - 11, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 6, Grade (US) from 3 - 6, Reading age from 7 - 11 Publication Date:September 06, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.3 in | 430 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
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      Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, artist, and speaker who works full-time supporting the advancement of Indigenous education. Jenny’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.

      Kathy Kacer is well known for her children’s books about the Holocaust, including The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser and The Magician of Auschwitz. Her books have won many awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about her books. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

      Gillian Newland is an artist who works mostly in watercolor, ink and pencils. She finds most of her inspiration to draw outside of her studio, and can sometimes be found sketching her fellow customers at a coffee shop. She is the illustrator of The Magician of Auschwitz and many other books. Gillian lives in Toronto.
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      Awards
      CBC Books' Best Books of the Year 2016, Commended
      Ontario Library Association's Best Bets - Junior Nonfiction 2016, Commended
      Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books 2016, Commended
      American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of the Year 2016, Commended
      Hackmatack Award 2018, Winner
      Diamond Willow Award 2017, Winner
      Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      CCBC Choices - Best Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Information Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017 2017, Commended
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Award for Information Book 2018, Winner
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Residential and boarding school stories are hard to read, but they're vitally important... books like I Am Not a Number should be taught in schools in Canada, and the U.S., too.
      A moving glimpse into a not-very-long-past injustice.
      Publishers Weekly
      July 11, 2016


      Kacer (The Magician of Auschwitz, also illustrated by Newland) and educator Dupuis unflinchingly recount a story from the childhood of Dupuis’s grandmother, one of some 150,000 Canadian First Nations children relocated to residential schools as part of an assimilation policy. Irene Couchie and two brothers were taken from their family in 1928 to attend a Catholic boarding school. She was assigned a number in lieu of her name, her long hair was unceremoniously cut, and a nun physically abused her for speaking her native language (“even though the red sores had now turned pink, the memory of the punishment had not faded one bit”). The story never shies from the harsh treatment Irene endured, peaking dramatically when the children hide from the agent coming to collect them for a second school year. They were among the lucky ones whose parents took a stand and refused to return them. Most spreads feature a full page of first-person narrative opposite Newland’s somber watercolors. An afterword discusses Canada’s history with the residential school program (and recent government apologies for it) and provides additional details about her grandmother’s life. Ages 7–11.
      It’s important to teach children about true Canadian history, but it’s not easy to talk about it in a way that children will understand. I Am Not a Number is perfect to get the conversation about residential schools started with your children. It opens the door for them to ask questions about the subject and the story is relatable in a way they can follow.
      This well done, empathetic historical book is highly recommended for all collections. (Starred Review)
      To any one looking for a book to teach children about the history of residential schools 'I Am Not A Number' is without hesitation a very powerful and historical teaching tool.
      The personal relevance of the subject matter to Jenny Kay Dupuis comes through in the strong text she co-wrote with Kathy Kacer.... primary school teachers and librarians will find much here that they can work with.
      Gillian Newland's sombre illustrations, done with a muted palette of greys, greens and browns, beautifully capture the written words.... This book is a moving look into an injustice that continues to have ramifications for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
      Of special note is the author’s ability to portray the devastating environment that Irene lived in, in a heartfelt and authentic way that is very much appropriate for the intended age... Few stories exist about the residential school system that are aimed at a younger age group, and this one is an absolute must for classrooms and libraries.
      [A] powerful teaching tool that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to. It is written in simple language and told in a way that will stimulate conversations about residential schools and the traumatic effects they have had on generations of First Nation families and communities. ... beautifully illustrated by Gillian Newland. She captures the somber mood of the school, the anguish of the children, the severity of the nuns and the desperation of the family. Students can easily empathize with Irene and her brothers as well as their parents as they try to imagine how they would feel or act in a similar situation.
      The story was captivatingly told.... I can’t stress the importance of having these books in your library collection enough. They reflect accurately the experiences of many Native families and the history of many Native peoples (not just the ones in Canada). They can start conversations, albeit hard ones for us white teachers and parents, around the deep seated racism in our country and how that has played out over the years. They can also ensure that children are being exposed to this history.
      With tenacious resolve and empathetic storytelling, [Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer, and Gillian Newland] reminds us – perhaps more urgently than ever – that 'there is still much work to be done.'
      Gillian Newland’s illustrations are a highly realistic, very evocative accompaniment to [the] text. They set the tone and establish the mood of the story.... [The book] raises such issues as child rights, parental rights, Canadian constitutional rights, and Indigenous rights. I Am Not a Number would be an excellent starting point for anyone pursuing these issues.
      Endless cross-curricular connections can be made using this story. But the most powerful aspect of this book is that it will open a dialogue, one that Justice Murray Sinclair spoke of as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a dialogue that needs to take place for reconciliation to happen.
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    Pablo Finds a Treasure Andrée Poulin Canada, Isabelle Malenfant Canada
    9781554518678 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 Publication Date:September 13, 2016
    $21.95 CAD 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.2 in | 320 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      A poignant, simply-told story that shows the resourcefulness of poverty-stricken children around the world. Pablo and his sister spend every day at "Treasure Mountain", the local dump. There, they rummage through the mounds of garbage looking for items that their mother can sell in order to provide food for the family. Occasionally, they find a "real" treasure like some still-edible food, or a picture book, which Pablo delights in, even though he can't read. The work is exhausting, and sometimes not very lucrative, but the worst thing they have to contend with is Filthy-Face, a brutish bully who steals the finds of all the children. But one day, Pablo discovers a real treasure. Will he be able to keep it from falling into the hands of Filthy-Face? Simply written with highly expressive illustrations, this book brings home the reality of poverty around the world.
      Bio
      Andrée Poulin is the award-winning author of over 30 books for young readers. She lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

      Isabelle Malenfant has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, for which she has won a number of awards. She lives in Montreal, QC, Canada.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017
      Silver Birch Express Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2017, Nominated
      Skipping Stones Honor Book 2017, Joint winner
      Reviews

      “Critical in expanding global perceptions of adults and children living in developed and affluent nations so that they are exposed to the reality of a great number of people . . . who live in . . . poverty.”


      “A wonderful book that will certainly spark discussions.”


      A good story to introduce children to the theme of child labour in developing countries.”


      “Provide[s] an excellent opportunity for educators to introduce a conversation about poverty and power and the connection to their own lives; and about child labor and children’s rights. At higher grade levels, Pablo encuentra un tesoro and Pablo Finds a Treasure are invaluable in extended conversations about the roots of power and how it can build or destroy entire communities and even governments; and about community, national, and world movements to redirect power for the benefit of everyone. Pablo encuentra un tesoro and Pablo Finds a Treasure are treasures. Both are highly, highly recommended.”

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    Series: Tank & Fizz
    Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage Liam O'Donnell Canada, Mike Deas Canada
    9781459812581 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 11, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.56 in | 340 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      As the eve of the great Wizards' Summit approaches, wizards from all over Rockfall Mountain descend on the school at Shadow Tower to refine their craft. When professors start disappearing, it's up to magic-fearing monster sleuths Tank and Fizz to solve this spell-packed mystery and find the missing mages. Aleetha, their detective partner and a wizard-in-training, has dragged Tank and Fizz into the heart of the Shadow Tower, where libraries fly, spells fill the air, and an ancient army of darkness stirs, when she receives a mysterious message from her missing teacher. Using their detective skills, a pinch of magic and a trickle of technology, the friends stumble into a battle that's been brewing for decades. And what starts as a simple missing-persons case turns into a clash of light versus dark magic. Can Tank and Fizz overcome their fears and track down the missing mages before the black magic makes them disappear for good?

      The Case of the Missing Mage is the third book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain, following The Case of the Slime Stampede and The Case of the Battling Bots. Stay tuned for book four, coming spring 2018.
      Bio
      Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures, West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Liam lives in London, Ontario.

      Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventures series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      John Spray Mystery Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "This is a delightful middle school novel with elements of a graphic novel...Graphics are so detailed and the characters so well-developed in picture and text that readers can just join them in the adventure...This novel is sure to please kids who love to read, and it will inspire reluctant readers with its humour and almost constant action. Highly Recommended."
      "An action-packed detective story set in a land of monsters and magic...Give to fans of Ursula Vernon's 'Dragonbreath' series or Jennifer Holm's 'Squish' series."
      "Readers will be drawn into the mystery by the witty remarks of Fizz, who narrates the tale, and the intertwined block text and graphic novel illustrations…This will appeal to both fantasy and mystery readers as magic and technology both play an important role during the story's climax. Fast paced and fun to read."
      "A fun romp through worlds filled with goblins, trolls and elves, ingenious tech and magic, and a nefarious plot to kidnap leading wizards…The graphic novel-style of this series really adds to the storytelling—making the characters as much fun to watch as they are to read about…It's a bubbling cauldron of graphic mystery and laughs…and a great introduction to the mystery genre for younger readers. "
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    The Vimy Oaks Linda Granfield Canada, Brian Deines Canada
    9781443148504 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / History Age (years) from 7 - 12 On Sale Date:February 28, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 9.27 x 11.2 x 0.35 in | 0.95 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y North Winds Press
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      An act of hope and renewal amidst the destruction of war provides a living memorial, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

      Imagine, a young soldier standing in the midst of a landscape ravaged by war, pocketing a handful of acorns from the blasted trees, and posting them home. In April 1917, after the Battle at Vimy Ridge, Leslie H. Miller – a teacher, a farmer, and a soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force—did just that. Over the following one hundred years, those acorns became majestic oaks, standing at the site of Miller’s family farm in Ontario.

      Vimy Ridge is considered Canada’s greatest First World War victory, although its toll was devastating. This moving book, filled with beautiful artwork, and archival photos contextualizes a Canadian soldier’s experience in the Great War while highlighting this extraordinary gesture of hope and renewal. Now, a century later, the results of this simple act have created a living memorial to those who served.

      Bio
      Linda Granfield is one of Canada's leading non-fiction researchers and writers. She is the author of "97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of Immigrant Life," "High Flight: A Story of World War II, Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn," and "In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae."

      Brian Deines is an outstanding Canadian children's book illustrator who has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his work. He has illustrated The Hockey Tree (Hockey sur le lac), One Hockey Night (Une belle soirée de hockey) and Our Canadian Flag. Brian has a wonderful way of painting light and conveying emotion, and lends that gift to the striking images in this book.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Resource Links, Best of the Year 2017, Commended
      Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice) 2018, Short-listed
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada) 2018, Short-listed
      Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice) 2019, Short-listed
      OLA Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection 2017, Commended
      Reviews

      Praise for The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace:

      "Recounting this amazing story of the repatriation of the Vimy Oaks in France, Linda Granfield's moving text, paired with Brian Deine's stunning artwork, is a pleasure to behold. Many archival photographs add context to the story. This is a picture book that will be shared with generations to come as it celebrates a most important part of Canada and France's shared history and acknowledges the importance of peace." — Sandra O'Brien, Canadian Children's Book News

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    Wolf Island Ian McAllister Canada, Nicholas Read Canada
    9781459812642 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 14, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.38 in | 480 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic place full of tall trees, huge bears and endless schools of salmon. Award-winning photographer and author Ian McAllister's luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest's coast. The island provides him with everything he needs—deer, salmon, fresh water—everything, that is, but a mate. When a female wolf arrives on the island's rocky shores, she and he start a family and introduce their pups to the island's bounty.
      Bio
      Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of many books, including A Whale's World, The Seal Garden, Wolf Island, A Bear's Life, The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea (all with Nicholas Read). He is the founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group. He lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. For more information, visit pacificwild.org.

      Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 10 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2018, Short-listed
      Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award 2018, Winner
      Reviews
      "The story is really told by the big, bright pictures—which glow with the rhythms and beauties of this remote habitat...Enthralling fare for budding naturalists."
      "Striking photographs chronicle the life span of a male wolf in the Great Bear Rainforest...Careful and varied page layouts include concise, vivid language that describes his journey and images that bring the reader up close—all this is missing is the feeling of misty air on skin...This well-made title offers great visual detail supported by age-appropriate text."
      "Readers will find much to like about the written account of the wolf's first year on his own...With Ian McAllister's wondrous photos and Nicholas Read's accessible text, young readers are sure to learn why it is of great importance to protect and sustain the Great Bear Rainforest."
      "Wolf Island is an absolutely gorgeous book with amazing photographs and text explaining the life of a wolf in simple and evocative language. The book will be a great addition to all libraries. While the book is intended for those in the early grades, there is enough here to intrest older readers, leading them to the other books by this author/photographer pair and to other nature stories and nonfiction. What more can you ask for? Highly recommended."
      "On this adventure the reader learns many fascinating facts about the sea wolves...Each beautiful photograph enhances and illustrates the corresponding text...Wolf Island is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. The book would be a useful addition to study units on nature, ecological systems, habitat and, of course, wolves. It is also an excellent read-aloud for any story time group."
      "Filled with beautiful color photographs of the wolves that live in the Great Bear Rainforest...This is definitely one that will be enjoyed by children who love wolves."
      "This non-fiction narrative is filled with facts and scientific details to explain the habitat and lifestyle of wolves living on an island. Their story is compelling and interesting. The photography in this book is stunning with panoramic views and detailed close-up images to support the text…This book is a good choice for those looking for engaging narrative nonfiction."
      "Visually spectacular, Wolf Island and A Bear's Life work best as a pair, showing how different types of animals navigate the vast and ancient rainforest in both different and similar ways. Read together, these books—and undoubtedly any others that will be added to the series in the future—provide opportunities for readers to compare and contrast the habits, homes and personalities of some of their favourite animals in a highly engaging and informative way. Full of universal themes the books in the My Great Bear Rainforest series will delight readers of all interests and abilities. "
      "This is a good book for anyone who reads in because it is interesting."
      “This is an engagingly up-close visit with the species.”

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