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    9781459406179 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 5 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 On Sale Date:March 19, 2014
    $12.95 CAD 127 x 197 x 26 mm | 200 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Dave Davidson's heart is in the right place. He believes it's his mission to cure his friends of their fears. But his solutions are hare-brained at best and often come with unintended and hilarious consequences. Afraid of dancing at the school dance? Dave's got ways to fix that: sprain an ankle, eat expired food to get sick, or even get yourself suspended for a few days. Have a public speaking phobia? Dave can fix that for you too: get laryngitis, forge a note from a therapist, or get your friends to hold up cue cards.
      This hilarious new novel will appeal to reluctant tween readers, especially boys.
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      CATHERINE AUSTEN is the author 26 Tips For Surviving Grade 6, which is both a Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award winner and the winner of the Quebec Writer's Federation prize. She lives in Gatineau, Quebec.
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      "Another+tale in the tradition of farcical school novels that allow imaginations to soar.... The events are far-fetched, but not detached from reality, and the bright cover will draw even reluctant readers."

      Resource Links Rating G - Good, even great at times, generally
      useful!



      "Catherine+Austen's 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 has well-timed humour throughout and is guaranteed to make readers laugh out loud. It also has some unexpected and delightful plot twists as well as a subtly delivered positive message for today's young people."
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    Annaleise Carr How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer Annaleise Carr Canada, Deborah Ellis Canada
    9781459406315 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 12 - 18, Grade (US) from 7 - 12, Reading age from 12 - 18 On Sale Date:March 11, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 108 x 178 x 26 mm | 120 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Over eight months worth of planning, hundreds of hours of hard physical training, amassing a team of dedicated crewmates, approaching sponsors and collecting donations -- and finally, swimming for twenty-seven hours across the cold, rough waters of Lake Ontario.

      Why would a fourteen-year-old girl take on such a challenge?

      For Annaleise Carr, the motivation came not from a desire for glory. Her ultimate quest was to raise money for her new friends at Camp Trillium, a charity that provides a camping experience for kids with cancer. What kept her going through the cold water, the exhaustion, and the terrifying night swim was the thought of those kids and their families that she was helping. In August of 2012, she became the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario, breaking the record set more than fifty years earlier by Marilyn Bell.

      Readers will meet an extraordinary fourteen-year-old girl in this book. As she tells her story, it becomes clear how idealism and an intense desire to help others can lead a young teen to almost unimaginable achievements.

      [Fry reading level - 4.8

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      ANNALEISE CARR became the youngest marathon swimmer to cross Lake Ontario in August of 2012. She is the recipient of many citizenship and philanthropic awards, including the 2012 TVO Kids Super Citizen Award, the Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Pin, the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This is her first book.

      DEBORAH ELLIS is the award-winning author of several books for kids and teens. She is best known for her novel The Breadwinner, which she wrote following her work at refugee camps in Afghanistan. She has also written on other serious issues affecting young people around the world, including drug use, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and war.

      deborahellis.com

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      Awards
      A Junior Library Guild Selection 2014, Commended
      Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award Winner 2015, Winner
      Reviews
      "In+telling her story in partnership with the award-winning writer and champion of young women, Deborah Ellis, Carr has found yet another partner to help her to achieve new goals and share her inspiring story... At the core of the story though is Carr whose individual vision, determination, Christian faith and hugely supportive family and team helped her to meet the physical and mental challenges of the swim."
      "Readers+who love sports stories should enjoy Annaleise's narration of her preparation for the crossing and the challenge of the swim itself. Readers who have personal experience with life-threatening illness may be comforted and inspired by Annaleise's passion for helping others. And of course, many readers enjoy stories about record-breaking events and the effort that goes into preparing for them. This book will serve them all."

      Resource Links Rating G - Good, even great at times, generally
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    Hustle Johnny Boateng Canada
    9781459406049 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 13, Grade (US) from 4 - 8, Reading age from 7 - 10 Publication Date:March 19, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 127 x 197 x 26 mm | 120 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Fourteen-year-old Johnny Huttle -- nicknamed "Hustle" by his best friend, Rex -- comes from an inner-city neighbourhood, where the streets are tough and the street ball games are rougher. More than anything, Johnny wants to shine as the school's star basketball player. But the one thing standing in his way is his best friend, Rex, who outshines Johnny effortlessly at everything, on and off the court. This makes Johnny angry enough that his game and their friendship suffer. When Rex starts getting into trouble in the neighbourhood and is suspended from the team, Johnny has to put his jealously aside to help his friend -- and his basketball team at the championship.
      Bio
      JOHNNY BOATENG played division basketball in Indiana and at Simon Fraser University. He starred as a ballplayer in video games, movies, and commercials before an injury sidelined his basketball career. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., where he founded The Dream Hoops Basketball Academy and serves as a mentor for disadvantaged youth.
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      Awards
      Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2014, Winner
      Reviews
      "A great hi-lo interest book, Hustle is part of Lorimer's "Sports Stories" series written to entice students to read. Author Johnny Boateng does a great job of making the book exciting on many levels, and the book is full of adventures . . . The basketball theme is strong and carries the plot well. Boateng obviously knows the game and effectively conveys the action and tension on the court . . . The characters are believable and easy to relate to."

      "realistic dialogue and court action to satisfy the most sports-minded readers"

      "Part of the publisher's Sports Series, this slim novel's short chapters and more mature content make it perfect for older reluctant readers. Its no-frills story is fast-moving and touches on many teen issues, while promoting a positive message of independent thinking and being a team player."

      "Boateng knows his basketball lingo. Sports fans will appreciate this feel-good story about not giving in to peer pressure. . . As with any of the books in the [Lorimer Sports Stories series, the language is accessible and the story interestinga plus for struggling readers."

      "An excellent read and should be a great addition to any library shelf."


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    Curve Ball second edition John Danakas Canada
    9781459405936 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 13, Grade (US) from 4 - 8, Reading age from 7 - 10 On Sale Date:March 11, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 127 x 197 x 26 mm | 200 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      On his old team, Tom Poulos was a star catcher. But his new team is different. For one thing, all the players are older and bigger than him. For another, no matter how hard he tries or how hard he practices, he can't catch the curve balls that the pitcher sends flying over the plate. Tom feels like he's letting the team down, a feeling that gets worse once a new catcher joins the team and Tom is benched. Can Tom find a way to regain his rightful place behind the plate?
      [Fry reading level - 3.6
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      JOHN DANAKAS is the author of four Lorimer Sports Stories. Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections.
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      "Plenty of local color... Danakas..shows his familiarity with the sport in plenty of action scenes in the ball park....fast paced reading.
      Aimed especially at boys of an age that would often rather play sports than read about them, it fills a niche that is not over-crowded."
      "Fun and immensely enjoyable.... Ball fans will enjoy this book."
      "Good characterization and strong, believable sports action.... A recommended purchase."
      "Curve Ball by John Danakas is for older readers who still enjoy chapter books... fast-moving play descriptions by Danakas give the book an added pinch of authenticity that matches Tom's playing."
      "Author John Danakas brings coaching and writing experience to this first novel. He creates a likeable character in Tom, whose resentment and sullen attitude are as believable as his excitement and anxieties over baseball.... Curve Ball should be well received by sports fans."
      "Great story for baseball loving middle graders."
      "The simple, straightforward plot will encourage reluctant readers to continue...The easy dialogue and well written and focussed attention to baseball will keep sports fans interested."
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    Power Hitter second edition Christine A. Forsyth
    9781459405905 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 13, Grade (US) from 4 - 8, Reading age from 7 - 10 Publication Date:March 11, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 127 x 197 x 26 mm | 120 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:116 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Connor might need a pinch runner, pinch catcher, and pinch thrower, but can he ever hit a baseball out of the park! So when Connor ends up staying with his baseball-loving relatives in Winnipeg for the summer, he allows his cousin to talk him into trying out for the baseball team. Connor isnt surprised when he doesnt make it, but he is disappointed. Its going to take some powerful coaching and more than a little help from his friends to get Connor on the team.
      [Fry reading level - 3.6
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      CHRISTINE FORSYTH is a Toronto-based writer and graphic designer. She is the author of several novels in the Lorimer Sports Stories series. Power Hitter and Katie's Midnight Ride are Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections. She is also the author of the Lorimer SideStreets YA novel Adrenaline High.
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      "The baseball practice and action is realistically depicted."
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    9781459406018 Paperback Age (years) from 9 - 13, Grade (US) from 4 - 8, Reading age from 7 - 10 Publication Date:March 19, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 127 x 197 x 26 mm | 140 gr | 136 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Jazz Smith-Mohapatra is the toughest and best player on her basketball team -- and this year she's determined to lead the team to a championship win. But in the last game of the regular season, Jazz sets an offensive move called a pick and roll. A player on the other team doesn't see it coming; she crashes into Jazz, and then onto the floor. Though it's a play that Jazz has done many times, she's never hurt anyone before. Now there's going to be a Fair Play Commission hearing to determine whether the play was legal or not. But even worse than the possibility of being suspended for the playoffs, Jazz's teammates are suddenly questioning her physical style of play and whether the team can make it all the way to the pennant without her.
      [Fry reading level - 3.0
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      KELSEY BLAIR played varsity women's basketball at the University of British Columbia. During that time she was team captain for four years, leading her team to two Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships. She later played professional basketball in Sweden for two years before returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she now works full time as a writer.
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      "A slam dunk for girls who love sports, and an excellent example of diversity without flag-waving."
      "This story, like others in the [Lorimer Sports Stories series, uses sport as the central theme to tell an engaging, relevant story for young readers.... There are some good lessons about friendship, learning to move on after a setback, and playing on a team."
      "I found it very fascinating and would be happy to put it on the shelves at my library."
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    Hoop Dreams Lorna Schultz Nicholson Canada
    9781459405875 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 13 - 18 On Sale Date:March 19, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 140 x 216 x 26 mm | 160 gr | 136 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Playing ball is what keeps Podium Sports Academy's basketball captain going when things get rough. When there's trouble back home, Allie turns to basketball. Ditto when her relationship is in trouble or when she's at odds with her friends. But then tragedy strikes when an old knee injury resurfaces and Allie is told she might not be able to play again. With her hope of a future as an elite basketball player gone, Allie is overwhelmed with dark thoughts and feels she has nothing left to live for. That is, until unexpected support comes from two unlikely sources: her folks back home and her friends at Podium, her home away from home.
      [Fry Reading Level - 3.0
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      LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON has written picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and non-fiction. She has also written, produced, and hosted programs for television and radio, and is well known in Western Canada for her print journalism, including sports writing. Lorna regularly visits schools to share her passion for literacy with students. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and their two dogs.
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      "I'm really impressed with the writing and character development. Dialogue is realistic, and the pacing is exciting. Will be recommending more from the Podium series."
      "Allie leads a cast of well-drawn, multicultural characters, some of whom have starred in other Podium books, giving a cohesive feel to this fictional high school. The action flows naturally, alternating between scenes of intense basketball action, solitary angst, and hanging with friends. Readers will identify with AllieÂs struggles and second-guess her choices, making this a valuable and worthwhile read for all teens -- elite athletes or not. Gripping, relatable and fast-paced, these books will appeal to a wide-ranging audience, particularly to teens reading below age level."
      "Podium Sports Academy is a great concept. Take the pressures of a regular high school experience and dial them up tenfold -- and you have Podium Sports Academy."
      "A very well written book about teens in high school, who don't have just the regular pressures of high school and growing up to deal with, but are also high performing athletes . . . Highly recommended to young readers."
      "The [Podium series is designed to connect with teens by dramatically leading them through the possibilities their choices create and offering suggestions for successful outcomes. Author Lorna Schultz Nicholson achieves this without preaching to her readers."

      "Hoop Dreams is the perfect book for my students who need a short novel to get them engaged in reading again. Thank you to Lorimer and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. I will be ordering this and others for my struggling readers."
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    Stupid Kim Firmston Canada
    9781459406117 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14 - 18, Grade (US) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 7 - 10 On Sale Date:March 11, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 108 x 178 x 26 mm | 160 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Martin's been diagnosed with ADHD, but he feels something about his diagnosis isn't right. The Ritalin he's prescribed doesn't seem to make a difference. When Martin's grades continue to sink no matter how hard he tries, his father writes him off as lazy and just plain stupid. His dad is convinced that Martin just needs to focus more on his studies and less on making movies.

      One night while out pursuing his passion on the city streets with his camera, Martin meets Stick and is introduced to the energetic and exciting pastime of parkour -- free-running. While filming Stick's flips and tricks, Martin begins to see a connection between how his brain interprets the world, all jumbled and fast-moving and out of order, and what the free-runners see. Camera in hand, Martin sets out to make a video that will show his dad what he sees, and hopefully get him to understand that Martin's real learning disability, dyslexia, has never been properly diagnosed.

      [Fry reading level - 3.0

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      KIM FIRMSTON is the author of the SideStreets novels Schizo, Hook Up (a Resource Links Year's Best), and Touch. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she gives writing workshops for teens.

      www.kimfirmston.com

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      Awards
      One of the Year's Best -- Resource Links 2014, Commended
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      "Firmston+deftly handles this store and it never lags…This page-turner will appeal to
      many beyond its target audience of reluctant readers. It is highly recommended,
      particularly for school libraries." Rated E - Excellent,
      enduring, everyone should see it!


      ''Stupid+is an accessible yet richly layered text. I recommend it for the targeted age group, but also hope that educators and parents will read it and consider that "lazy" and "stupid" are often misnomers and never helpful.''
      "[A+great book ? the story itself is terrific and full of suspense while the underlying theme clearly illustrates the impact a learning disability can have on someone, and how it can be misunderstood by others. I?d make this required reading for all kids ? and parents ? who have or know someone who has a learning disability."
      "The+portrayals of a kid's experiences with learning differences are spot-on, and a clear story line leads the reader through Martin's difficulties with nail-biting suspense, both at school and on the tops of abandoned buildings. A compelling high/low reader with wide teen appeal."
      "Stupid+crackles with energy, dragging readers along on a violent, muscles flexed, white-knuckled ride through midnight landscapes and abandoned industrial sites, into the frustration and fragmentation of dyslexia."

      "Stupid+was an enjoyable book that helped me understand a little more of the difficulties a student with a disability might face. This book show how stressful a learning disability can be but also how that same disability can spur creativity in people. This book might help some students see that everyone has the ability to learn it?s just that not everyone learns in the same way."
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    Blow Jodi Lundgren Canada
    9781459405981 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14 - 18, Grade (US) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 7 - 10 On Sale Date:March 11, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 108 x 178 x 26 mm | 180 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      As far as Mary, a.k.a. Meringue, can tell, the only good thing about moving from Vancouver to Red Deer following her parents' divorce is that she was able to get a head-start on earning her Learner's Permit. Now she's sixteen, she can drive on her own. When her friend Jeff asks her to cover his pizza route, Meringue jumps at the chance to cruise around town on her mother's scooter. Little does she know that Jeff has been using his father's pizza shop as a cover-up for his small-scale drug deals. By the time Meringue figures out whats going on, a bigger drug dealer is moving in on Jeff's business -- and on her. Meringue is scared. How can she get herself out without snitching?

      [Fry reading level - 3.0

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      JODI LUNDGREN is the author of several published short stories as well as an adult literary novel and a YA novel. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Camosun College. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

      jodilundgren.com

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      "A mature, gritty novel about teens who make a mistake. The characters have realistic worries and interactions. Highly recommended."
      "Lundgren is to be commended for portraying Asians within a contemporary context rather than in stereotypical ideals. Her writing shines as she portrays the complexities of racism through Meringue's relationship with Jeff... Lundgren demonstrates that racism goes beyond slurs and uncomfortable glances."

      "I am always looking for good high-interest low reading level titles to share with students, and this book did not disappoint! It had relatable characters and a fast-paced plot. The writing style was perfect for the genre and I would definitely recommend it to students."
      "Blow is another hi-lo title that I can see my non-readers picking up at the beginning of the school year. The story is written in a way even my struggling readers will be able to find accessible."
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    9781459404373 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 13 - 18 Publication Date:May 09, 2014
    $34.95 CAD 229 x 280 x 26 mm | 820 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      In 1914, Canada was a very British society with anti-Asian attitudes. Although Great Britain had declared that all people from India were officially British citizens and could live anywhere in the British Commonwealth, Canada refused to accept them. This racist policy was challenged by Gurdit Singh, a Sikh businessman, who chartered a ship, the Komagata Maru, and sailed to Vancouver with over 300 fellow Indians wishing to immigrate to Canada. They were turned back, tragically.

      Over the years, the Canadian government gradually changed its immigration policies, first allowing entry to wives and children of Indian immigrants and later to many more immigrants from India. The Indo-Canadian community has grown throughout Canada, especially in British Columbia. Many in the community continue to celebrate their Indian heritage which enriches Canadian culture.

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      PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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      "An engaging read for tweens and teens, presenting an honest picture of Canadian history and the struggles of the Indo-Canadian community."
      The Komagata Maru does an excellent job of telling a regrettable story of injustice and government-legislated controls of immigration . . . this book tells much of the story through presentation of a truly impressive collection of images, visual material, and video clips: the colour and black and white photos and the facsimiles of personal and government documents are richly captioned and hugely informative. A most useful work, both as a source of information on the history of Indian immigration to Canada and of systemic discrimination, enacted by the government of Canada, based purely on ethnic intolerance. Highly Recommended.

      "A wonderful series [Righting Canada's Wrongs] of beautiful books."

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