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    Runs with the Stars Darcy Whitecrow Canada, Heather M. O'Connor Canada, Lenny Lishchenko Canada
    9781772602388 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:May 03, 2022
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 1 in | 1 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      “Elders say they were always here. The horses were small, but strong.”
      “Like me?”
      “Like you.”

      As they await the birth of a new foal, a man teaches his grandchild about the Ojibwe Horses that used to roam the forests of northwestern Ontario. The horses once ran wild and free, but when Grandfather was a boy, they almost disappeared. Now he is the caretaker of his own small herd, keeping the breed alive for future generations and teaching his grandchild about the loving bond between human and animals.

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      Darcy Whitecrow is Ojibwe and Dakota; he is a member of the Seine River First Nation band in Northwestern Ontario, where he lives. Darcy practices traditional lifestyles like trapping, fishing, and ricing, as well as traditional spirituality in both the Midewiwin and Sundance traditions. With his partner, Kim, they have started a non-profit, Grey Raven Ranch, where they have been raising and caring for the Ojibwe Horses for the last decade to help preserve the breed and the tradition of symbiotic interaction with the Ojibwe people.



      Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer based in Peterborough, Ontario. She first learned about Ojibwe Horses while writing for the Ontario Parks blog and quickly became obsessed.



      Lenny Lishchenko is not a boy. She is an illustrator, graphic designer, and comics maker who will never give up the chance to draw a good birch tree. Ukrainian-born and Canadian-raised, she’s interested in telling stories that people remember years later in the early mornings, when everything is quiet and still. She is based out of Burlington, Ontario.

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      “Debut author Whitecrow (Ojibwe and Dakota) and O’Connor (Fast Friends) weave a history of wild-roaming Ojibwe horses around western Lake Superior with the intergenerational story of an Ojibwe seven-year-old … In textural art, Lishchenko (In My Anaana’s Amautik) conjures images of the herds, the protagonists, and the interplay between nature and technology.”


      "Moving, meditative, and a great way to talk to children about the natural world, Runs with the Stars is a powerful addition to the picture book landscape."

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    Wiijibibamatoon Anangoonan/Runs with the Stars Dual-language edition in English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Darcy Whitecrow Canada, Heather M. O'Connor Canada, Lenny Lishchenko Canada, Kelvin Morrison
    9781772602203 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:May 03, 2022
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 1 in | 1 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      As they await the birth of a new foal, a man teaches his grandchild about the Ojibwe Horses that used to roam the forests of northwestern Ontario. The horses once ran wild and free, but when Grandfather was a boy, they almost disappeared. Now he is the caretaker of his own small herd, keeping the breed alive for future generations and teaching his grandchild about the loving bond between human and animals.

      Bio

      Darcy Whitecrow is Ojibwe and Dakota; he is a member of the Seine River First Nation band in Northwestern Ontario, where he lives. Darcy practices traditional lifestyles like trapping, fishing, and ricing, as well as traditional spirituality in both the Midewiwin and Sundance traditions. With his partner, Kim, they have started a non-profit, Grey Raven Ranch, where they have been raising and caring for the Ojibwe Horses for the last decade to help preserve the breed and the tradition of symbiotic interaction with the Ojibwe people.



      Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer based in Peterborough, Ontario. She first learned about Ojibwe Horses while writing for the Ontario Parks blog and quickly became obsessed.



      Lenny Lishchenko is not a boy. She is an illustrator, graphic designer, and comics maker who will never give up the chance to draw a good birch tree. Ukrainian-born and Canadian-raised, she’s interested in telling stories that people remember years later in the early mornings, when everything is quiet and still. She is based out of Burlington, Ontario.



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    Like Cats and Dogs Mélanie Perreault Canada, Marion Arbona, Chantal Bilodeau Canada
    9781772602418 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:4000
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 1 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Rosalie’s parents fight like cats and dogs, even now that they’re divorced. It’s hard going from one house to another and knowing that although she loves them both, her parents just don’t get along anymore. But there’s one thing her mom and dad do agree on: they both love Rosalie, and Rosalie is here to stay!

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      Mélanie Perreault has published around twenty books for children. Her book Rosalie entre chien et chat was nominated for six literary awards including a Governor General’s Literary Award. Conveying the joy of reading has always been at the heart of her pursuits. In 2000, before even finishing her bachelor’s degree in literature, she landed her first job in the publishing world. In 2004 she became the Editorial Director at Les Éditions Pierre Tisseyre: truly a stroke of luck! She adores the enormous freedom and rich exchanges that this job gives her. Constantly on the lookout for children’s literary production in Québec and elsewhere, this bookworm has a keen eye for the aesthetics of children’s books and their unmatched evocative power. When not writing, you can find Mélanie reading too much, searching through the library, or traveling all over Québec with her family and her partner. Wherever she goes and whatever she does, books follow her.



      Marion Arbona brought the poetry to life with her vibrantly colored illustrations.



      Chantal Bilodeau is a Montreal-born, New York-based playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She has translated over a dozen plays and half a dozen books from Quebec, France, and West Africa.

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    Alina in a Pinch Shenaaz Nanji Canada
    9781772602456 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:3000
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 1 in | 1 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Moving to a new city means Alina has to make new friends, and nothing is worse than lunch at a new school. When her grandmother visits, Alina is inspired to help her cook the delicious Afro-Indian meals she’s always loved, but a cruel note from a mysterious lunchtime bully leaves a bitter taste that even Nani’s excellent cooking can’t erase.

      With an audition for Junior Chef fast approaching and Nani’s wise lessons helping her, can Alina embrace her heritage and convince her classmates that being different is a good thing?

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      Shenaaz Nanji is an internationally published author with twelve award winning novels, short stories, and picture books. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her novel, Child of Dandelions, was a finalist for the Governor General award in Children's Literature. Born in Kenya, she now lives in Calgary.

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      "This chapter book will guide readers into diversity and equity and acceptance… and not just because of the food we eat."


      "A smart, timely tale of acceptance, pride, and identity, Alina in a Pinch is a book that has you cheering for its plucky protagonist."


      "Alina’s relationship with Nani is heartfelt, and the protagonist’s growing self-assuredness and perseverance will be a comfort for fellow new kids who see themselves in her struggles."

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    9781772602579 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 13 - 18 Publication Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:3000
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 1 in | 1 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      The glaciers are melting and the climate crisis is on their mind, but nothing shakes the foundations of non-binary teen Ciel’s world more than sharing an unexpected kiss with their best friend, Stephie. Everything they thought was clear is suddenly all mixed up—and that’s without the new problems at school: sexting, peer pressure, and overdue book reports.

      In this new book for teens, Sophie Labelle’s beloved characters first introduced in Ciel and Ciel in All Directions are leaving childhood behind and grappling with new questions of identity, loyalty, and how to negotiate dating and relationships in the age of social media.

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      Sophie Labelle is an internationally renowned visual artist and author from the South shore of Montreal, in French Canada. She is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of queer and trans teenagers that has been running since 2014 and has touched millions of readers. She lives in Finland.

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      "This latest installment in Ciel’s daily adventures shifts into high gear from the first page... The rambling narration balances snark and sincerity. Ciel’s openness about their queerness and neurodivergence is at once playful and vulnerable... Unapologetic and critically engaged."


      “Relatable, gently funny, and achingly real, Wish Upon a Satellite is a teen story both timely and timeless.”


      “Labelle is in no short supply of her quirky comedic sense … If you want a cozy comfort read about trans friends just living the minutiae of life, then give this one a read. Trans friends! Just hanging out! Not dying!”

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    Rachel Bird Becky Citra Canada
    9781772602432 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 13 - 18 Publication Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:2500
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 1 in | 1 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Rachel and her little sister, Jane, are spending the summer with two strangers who happen to be their grandparents. Up until their mom’s death a few months ago, Rachel didn’t know these people existed, and now she’s been packed off to the family ranch in the interior of British Columbia—a place with mountains, lakes, and zero cell service.

      But her newfound family isn’t the only secret that’s been kept from her. Why did their mother leave her family so many years ago? Why does their grandpa stay hidden away in the basement, and what happened to their Uncle Jimmy? And the biggest question mark of all: who was the mysterious Stephanie?

      Once Rachel shines a light into the ranch’s dark corners, nothing will ever be the same again.

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      Becky Citra is the author of 23 award-winning books for children, including The Way Home and Finding Grace. She lives on a ranch in British Columbia. She spends the winters on Saltspring Island. She is a retired school teacher. She enjoys connecting with children through library and school visits.

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      "[Becky Citra] measures out mysteries and revelations while chronicling a summer of discoveries—some tragic, even gruesome, but others that give Rachel whole new visions of her mother, her family, and of her own life... Readers, particularly those able to catch subtle cues and read between lines, will understand how events and insights gradually transform her vision of the future. An unexpectedly buoyant tale of loss and healing."

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    Growing Old, Going Cold Notes on Swimming, Aging, and Finishing Last Kathleen McDonnell Canada
    9781772602555 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:1500
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 1 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      What is it about freezing cold water that draws people in? Throughout history, humans have gravitated to cold water swimming and celebrated its healing properties, calling it the secret to good health and serenity. Today, cold water swimmers gather in groups from Galway to Georgian Bay to jump into frigid waters for fun, competition, and even as a form of activism and protest.

      Kathleen McDonnell started swimming in Lake Ontario, infamous for its chilly depths, because it was close to home. As time went on she began to rely on a daily dip, even breaking through winter ice to raise her spirits and refresh her body. In this wide-ranging memoir, McDonnell shares her love of cold water swimming and the lessons she has learned from a slow and steady commitment to the waves.

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      Kathleen McDonnell grew up in Chicago, but has lived in Canada for all of her adult life and graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto. She is the author of nine books of non-fiction and YA fiction. She's also written more than a dozen plays, many of which have had award-winning productions in Canada and the United States. As befits a passionate swimmer, McDonnell lives on Toronto Island; a unique, vibrant, mostly car-free community a ten-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto where she and her life partner Alec raised their two daughters, Martha and Ivy.

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      "Playwright McDonnell revisits her passion for 'cold-water swimming' in this gorgeous work that muses on the environment, love, and self-acceptance... Readers will find themselves taken by McDonnell’s vivid recollections."

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    No Second Chances Women and Political Power in Canada Kate Graham
    9781772602180 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics Publication Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:2000
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 1 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      As of September 2021, only thirteen women had reached Canada’s top political posts: elected or appointed provincial premier or prime minister. They have represented three major political parties and served across provinces and territories from coast to coast to coast. But, as professor and provincial candidate Kate Graham discovered, there are concerning similarities in their stories: women tend to reach the top only in challenging political circumstances; they last in the top job for about half as long as men do; and, when they run for re-election, they lose.

      No Second Chances shares the stories of the rise and fall of women in Canada’s most senior political roles and examines the obstacles that prevent more women from reaching for and achieving these goals. Based on interviews conducted for the Canada 2020 No Second Chances podcast, Graham provides readers with a rare glimpse into the lives of female political leaders, from the perspectives of the women who know this story best.

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      Kate Graham researches, writes, speaks and teaches about politics in Canada. She holds a PhD in Political Science and teaches in the Political Science Departments at Western and Huron University College. Kate is the creator and host of No Second Chances (NoSecondChances.ca), a Canada 2020 podcast about the rise and fall of women in Canada’s most senior political roles – a project which inspired her own political pursuits, and this book. Kate lives with her partner Jesse and daughter Flora in London, Ontario.

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      "An important overview of how difficult the glass ceiling remains for women in politics… With the help of Graham’s book, women will be able to read about women in these roles — and perhaps get a better idea of why they should run."

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