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    It's About Time Untangling Everything You Need to Know About Time Pascale Estellon
    9781771470063 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date: April 15, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.38 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Follow along as friends Jacob and Lily unravel time, starting from its smallest increment — the second — and finishing with the century. The progressive approach uses crafts, activities, and kid-friendly anecdotes along with speech balloons, rhymes, and illustrations to make the abstract concept of time very real and very fun. It covers everything from the difference between a.m. and p.m. to how we use clocks and calendars to keep track of mealtimes, bedtimes, birthdays, and seasons to exactly how long it takes to bake a cake (follow the recipe to test it out!).

      From counting the number of days in a month using our knuckles to catchy tunes that help us remember the days in a week, It’s About Time offers a comprehensive and engaging approach to helping kids learn how to tell time. Sure, we can’t see it or hear it or touch it and we lose track of it easily, but this is a book that shows time doesn’t have to be difficult to understand!
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      PASCALE ESTELLON is a prolific writer and illustrator. She has published numerous activity and non-fiction books that have been sold in both French and English. She lives in Brunoy, France.
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      "[A] straightforward book that conveys, quite imaginatively, different ways of thinking about time – and by extension, clocks, calendars, cardinal and ordinal numbers, seasons, and even centuries ... a great deal of cleverly, efficiently presented material."
      "Explanations of how to tell time on a clock, how hours create days (and weeks, months, and years) also appear, with Estellon's cheerful cartooning offering both entertainment and visual support for each topic."
      "From one second to one century, the idea of time and its measurement is discussed in terms that any youngster can understand."

      "Well-suited for both the classroom and home ... Estellon's clever and seamless transitions make for a real page-turning book."
      "An informative little book that takes readers on an interactive learning experience."
      "Thought was definitely put into the age and skill level of [the] audience and each of the activities were something that my children could easily complete, with a little help."
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    Half-Truths and Brazen Lies An Honest Look at Lying Kira Vermond Canada, Clayton Hanmer Canada
    9781771471466 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date: April 15, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.38 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Do you believe in telling the truth? Sure you do. But even that’s a lie — because we all lie. Whether to protect a friend, to make someone feel better, or to avoid telling even bigger lies later, lying is actually central to human nature. Usually we’re taught that lying is bad, and that’s that. But in reality, it’s rarely so black and white.

      Kira Vermond’s latest book answers questions like: Why do we lie? What types of lies are there? What are the consequences of lying? What methods are used to detect lies? And when is it okay or even good to lie?

      From forgeries and hoaxes to plagiarism and placebos, Half-Truths and Brazen Lies offers historical anecdotes, scientific studies, and sociocultural analyses to help unpack the complex world of untruths. Told in a witty, conversational tone with an index and full-color illustrations, the book takes a thorough, nuanced approach to a fascinating aspect of human behavior.
      Bio
      Kira Vermond is an award-winning writer with over 1,000 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, and is the author of Why We Live Where We Live and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Cash. She lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

      Clayton Hanmer is an illustrator whose crude, energetic comic style has given him a surprisingly broad range of clients from The Globe and Mail to Owl Magazine. He is also the illustrator of The Secret Life of Money by Kira Vermond (Owlkids Books, 2012) and Not Your Typical Book About the Environment by Elin Kelsey (Owlkids Books, 2010). He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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      Awards
      Nominated for the 2017 Silver Birch Nonfiction Award 2017, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Award Nominee 2017-18 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ""[Lying is] central to human nature," writes Vermond in this intuitively clear survey of the good, bad, and ugly manifestations of lying."
      "An excellent, well-written, and comprehensive purchase for school and public libraries."
      "Rich with evidence, explanation, and food for thought, this well-documented approach to an issue not often covered in depth for this age group will be enjoyed for curiosity's sake as well as a resource for study."
      "Explores complex issues...a great conversation starter."
      "Pithy and engaging... Interesting sidebars, a thoughtfully compiled index and bibliography round out the illuminating, fascinating text."
      "I enjoyed this book because it made me feel better about myself, knowing that everyone lies."
      "Vermond's new book about lying is really good... Despite the glum subject, the book ends on a positive note about how trust and honesty build better, happier communities. Recommended."
      "A clever, entertaining and engaging book... Vermond asks the right kinds of questions, and it's clear that she wants her readers to seriously consider some very complex social issues."
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    Book of Languages Talk Your Way around the World Mick Webb
    9781771471558 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Foreign Language Study Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 7, Grade (US) from 2 - 7 Publication Date: April 15, 2015
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.44 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      We use language all day, every day – probably without thinking much about it. But if you stop and consider it, language is not only extremely important, it’s fascinating, too! Use of language is one of the key things distinguishing humans from other animals, and nearly 7,000 languages are spoken around the world. Without it, we’d be hard pressed to communicate, express ourselves, or understand others. 


      The Book of Languages begins with an introduction to why language is important, how it originated and how it changes. From there, the book profiles 21 of the world’s languages. Each spread showcases a language’s history, where it’s spoken, what it looks like and how to speak a few phrases and count to ten. Rounded out with sections on non-verbal and animal language, this book will stimulate readers’ curiosity about the world and spark appreciation for language learning.
      Bio
      MICK WEBB is a travel writer and languages consultant who previously worked in broadcasting at the BBC. He was editor of the BBC Languages website and won a BAFTA for the interactive language-learning drama, Mi Vida Loca, which taught Spanish to beginners. Mick now lives in multicultural South London with his family, and as well as learning Croatian (to supplement his French, Spanish, and Italian), Mick is trying to understand the language used by their two cats.
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      "Children will come away from this quick but sweeping linguistic look-see able to exchange greetings and a "How are you doing?" with anyone (almost) anywhere in the world."
      "Webb provides a solid introduction to world languages using charts, sidebars, and maps... Would-be polyglots ought to find it 'Harika!' (that's Turkish for great)."
      "An appealing choice for kids intrigued by languages or geography, this clearly written book will fill a gap in many library collections."
      "A solid springboard book for introducing new languages and countries."
      "Takes readers on a whirlwind linguistic tour."
      "This is a very well-laid out book, using bold headings and colorful boxes to portray the information on each page."
      "Recommended."
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    Growing Up, Inside and Out Kira Vermond Canada, Carl Chin Canada
    9781926973890 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 7, Grade (US) from 7 Publication Date: October 15, 2013
    $18.95 CAD 7 x 8.5 x 0.69 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Puberty is something humans have gone through, quite literally, forever. But that doesn't mean the experience has stayed the same or that there's nothing new to say about the topic. Statistically, kids are hitting puberty earlier than ever. Current attitudes toward sexual behavior or orientation, body image, bullying, mental health, and a host of other related subjects are linked to the changes going on in kids' heads, hearts, and bodies.

      While bodily changes are the most obvious signs that a kid is growing up, they're not always the first (or most stressful) signs. Why does it feel so weird to cry now? How can you tell if someone is really your friend? Is it okay to have a crush on someone who's the same sex as you? These kinds of questions (and answers) are what separates Growing Up, Inside and Out from other books — it tackles how boys' and girls' emotions change during puberty rather than just what happens to body parts (although that's in here, too).

      And though puberty can often look different for boys and girls (growing facial hair versus getting a period), kids may be surprised by what all their classmates have in common: crushes, acne, anxiety, getting mad at their parents. Not only does Growing Up, Inside and Out break with the tradition of having separate books for separate sexes, it unites kids by showing them that there are things that everyone goes through.
      Bio
      KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer with over 1,000 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and the author of The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, currently nominated for the Red Maple Award. She lives in Guelph, ON.

      CARL CHIN lives in Montreal.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      OLA Best Bets Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction List, Honourable Mention 2013, Commended
      Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable's Information Book Award 2014, Long-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014, Commended
      Ontario Library Association Red Maple (Non-Fiction) Award 2015, Short-listed
      Reviews
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
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    Growing Up, Inside and Out Kira Vermond Canada, Carl Chin Canada
    9781771470049 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 7, Grade (US) from 7 Publication Date: October 15, 2013
    $11.95 CAD 7 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      Puberty is something humans have gone through, quite literally, forever. But that doesn't mean the experience has stayed the same or that there's nothing new to say about the topic. Statistically, kids are hitting puberty earlier than ever. Current attitudes toward sexual behavior or orientation, body image, bullying, mental health, and a host of other related subjects are linked to the changes going on in kids' heads, hearts, and bodies.

      While bodily changes are the most obvious signs that a kid is growing up, they're not always the first (or most stressful) signs. Why does it feel so weird to cry now? How can you tell if someone is really your friend? Is it okay to have a crush on someone who's the same sex as you? These kinds of questions (and answers) are what separates Growing Up, Inside and Out from other books — it tackles how boys' and girls' emotions change during puberty rather than just what happens to body parts (although that's in here, too).

      And though puberty can often look different for boys and girls (growing facial hair versus getting a period), kids may be surprised by what all their classmates have in common: crushes, acne, anxiety, getting mad at their parents. Not only does Growing Up, Inside and Out break with the tradition of having separate books for separate sexes, it unites kids by showing them that there are things that everyone goes through.
      Bio
      KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer with over 1,000 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and the author of The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, currently nominated for the Red Maple Award. She lives in Guelph, ON.

      CARL CHIN lives in Montreal.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      OLA Best Bets Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction List, Honourable Mention 2013, Commended
      Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable's Information Book Award 2014, Long-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014, Commended
      Ontario Library Association Red Maple (Non-Fiction) Award 2015, Short-listed
      Reviews
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
      a straight-talking guide to the roller coaster of puberty ... good humoured, conversational style and [an] abundance of great advice.
      Parents, interested adults, teachers and guidance counselors...get this into the hands of your tweens and teens, and use it to begin talking about issues that may be difficult to explore. It is a great starting point."

      "The author is refreshingly honest and reassuring about the anxiety that arises at this time of life."
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    The Secret Life of Money A Kid's Guide to Cash Kira Vermond Canada, Clayton Hanmer Canada, Samantha Edwards Canada
    9781926973180 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 9 - 13, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from 4 - 8 Publication Date: March 15, 2012
    $14.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.38 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      If discussing money is a difficult task for adults, it’s doubly so where kids are involved. Not only is the subject loaded with cryptic jargon (mortgages? Bull markets? Huh?), but it often fails to click with how a kid sees his or her world. Many preteens and young teens do not yet have a job, and even if they do, their responsibilities with their earnings are miles away from grown-up money issues. In other words, not only is money a little overwhelming and mysterious, it’s also seen as something they can’t do anything about.

      The Secret Life of Money
      is written to address this last point in particular. It’s central message is that money affects us deeply and that even kids can have an effect on it, too. This book uses odd anecdotes, engaging comics, and a wealth of surprising everyday connections to help young readers see and understand cash from an entirely different angle. From the history of different currencies to why we buy what we buy, from how charities and credit cards work to saving and investing, and a whole lot more, readers will gain not only an appreciation for the myriad ways that money changes, influences, and (even) betters their lives, they will arrive to an understanding of the control they have over it.

      Bio
      KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer with over 1,000 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and the author of The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, currently nominated for the Red Maple Award. She lives in Guelph, ON.

      CLAYTON HANMER is an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist. He writes and illustrates "CTON's Corner," a popular monthly feature in OWL Magazine. The winner of many industry awards, his work appears in such diverse publications as National Geographic Kids, The Walrus, and the New York Times. He lives in Toronto.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Ontario Library Association, Red Maple Award 2013, Short-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection 2012, Commended
      Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Information Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List 2013, Commended
      Reviews
      Casual yet comprehensive...Readers landing a first job or opening a bank account should find insightful tips for developing a healthy and levelheaded relationship with money.
      This chatty guide to money works to make the subject appealing to middle-schoolers...A good guide for beginners and browsers.
      Vermond clearly finds the topic fascinating, and her informal and approachable text, which doesn't sacrifice solid information in the name of chattiness, may help win over readers who might otherwise shudder at the mention of compound interest, subprime lending, or credit rating.
      A perceptive and timely publication on financial literacy for a new generation.
      The Secret Life of Money may be a kid's guide, but five will get you ten we could all learn a thing or two here.
      Comprehensive, easily read, engaging, and approachable segments...show respect for children as intelligent learners capable of understanding concepts many adults find confusing. In fact, adults might consider reading the book not only to foster dialogue with their kids, but to learn a few things themselves.
      A user-friendly guide packed with so many invaluable tips that adults may want to browse it too...Highly recommended.
      The Secret Life of Money makes a significant contribution to the current demand in our society for young people to receive education in financial literacy...Highly recommended.


      Kira Vermond successfully accomplishes a nearly impossible task – making the subject of money fun, humorous, and easy-to-read for kids...an excellent addition to the topic for children ages 10 to 14. Readers will walk away better informed about global financial issues and empowered about their role in impacting themselves and their world.
      An excellent resource for teachers from grades 5 to 10 who teach both math and business related subjects.
      Highly recommended, this is a fun and engaging book.
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    The Art of the Possible An Everyday Guide to Politics Edward Keenan Canada, Julie McLaughlin Canada
    9781771470681 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from 5 - 8 Publication Date: September 15, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.44 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      We all know what a politician looks like, right? They’re old people who wear suits and make long, boring speeches full of indecipherable words. Not so fast! As The Art of the Possible explains, everyone is a politician — even young people who aren’t yet eligible to vote. We all have influence over how politics function.

      But what are politics, and why do we need them? This book answers the universal query in nine short chapters that explain everything from why we form societies and the basic types of governments to the power of public opinion, methods of rhetoric and the reasons why politicians “lie.”

      Written in an accessible, conversational voice and packed with anecdotes and case studies from across history and around the world, this book helps foster independent thought and curiosity about how a government works — or doesn’t work. Readers will come away equipped with the knowledge they need to understand current events and elections, and maybe even be empowered to civic action themselves.


      Informational text features: table of contents, chapters, diagrams, sidebars, in-text definitions of key terms, glossary, index and sources
      Bio
      EDWARD KEENAN is a writer, talk radio host, youth baseball and hockey coach, and father of three children who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He is the city columnist at the Toronto Star where he covers people and politics, and has previously worked as a senior editor at The Grid and Eye Weekly, and as a blogger for The Walrus. His first book, Some Great Idea, a study of the political history of Toronto, was published by Coach House Books in 2013.

      JULIE MCLAUGHLIN is a freelance illustrator whose clients include Harper Collins, Scholastic, Random House, and more. Her work has been nominated for several awards including the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, which she won for Why We Live Where We Live (Owlkids Books) by Kira Vermond in 2015. She is based in Victoria, BC.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016 Information Book Award 2016, Short-listed
      Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 2016, Long-listed
      Reviews
      "A demystifying resource that encourages readers to take interest and take action."
      "An optimistically presented introduction to politics."
      "Thanks to accessible content that will resonate with most students...this logical, relevant approach, combined with realistic suggestions on how to get involved, makes for an engaging alternative to standardized texts and just might spark some political careers."
      "A highly accessible introduction to politics...a useful addition to most collections."
      "Informative and insightful."
      "Easy to take to heart, and has the potential to change the way young people see their world."
      "Succeeds in conveying a topic often not covered at this grade level...a necessary book. Recommended."
      "Easy to understand...examples are very concrete. An ideal entry point for youth...may even serve as inspiration for anyone looking to become more involved."
      "A great addition to a school curriculum's study of government."
      "The readability, practical examples and illustrations...present this important material in an appealing format for the target audience. Recommended."
      "An excellent and indispensable resource."
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    Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War, and Peace Niki Walker Canada
    9781926973869 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Age (years) from 10 - 14 Publication Date: September 15, 2013
    $16.95 CAD 7.25 x 9.25 x 0.5 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts.

      Since it's impossible for people to agree on everything all the time, conflicts naturally pop up every day, all over the world. Sometimes they turn into full-blown wars, which can be a lot trickier to understand than the conflicts that pop up in everyday life, but every conflict has some things in common.

      Using real world examples, Why Do We Fight? teaches kids to recognize the structures, factors, and complex histories that go into creating conflicts, whether personal or global — as well as the similarities between both. They'll be given tools to seek out information, enabling them to make informed opinions while learning to respect that others may form different ones.

      From culture clashes and trade disputes to disagreements about how to govern, Why Do We Fight? insists that the key to fulfilling humankind's wish for "world peace" lies in how we choose to deal with conflict and provides a genuine cause for optimism in the face of an at-times frightening world.
      Bio
      NIKI WALKER is curious about what’s happening in the world and why, so writing and editing children’s non-fiction books isn’t just her profession; it’s her passion. She’s authored over 20 titles and edited more than 100, including Moto and Me and Off to Class. Niki has contributed to projects for Owlkids, CBC, Oxford University Press, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and more. She lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
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      Awards
      Ontario Library Association Red Maple (Non-Fiction) Award 2015, Short-listed
      IRA Notable Book for a Global Society 2014, Commended
      OLA Best Bets Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction List 2013, Commended
      Cybils Awards, Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction category 2013, Long-listed
      ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, Juvenile Non-fiction category 2013, Short-listed
      Bank Street College of Education's list of Best Children's Books of 2013 (for ages 9-12) 2013, Commended
      Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014, Commended
      One of New York Public Library's "10 Nonfiction Titles You May Have Missed: Fall 2013 (YA)" 2013, Commended
      Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable's Information Book Award 2014, Long-listed
      Reviews
      [An] exemplary study of the reasons disagreements arise and how they can be addressed.
      Walker offers clear, concise explanations of power and resource inequities, cultural divisions, the global role of the United Nations, bias, prejudice, and more...[she] gives readers the tools to understand anda analyze the kinds of clashes, wars, and disagreements that they regularly hear about in the news.
      Walker does an excellent job of breaking down the basics of conflict...[this] will have a longer shelf life than other informational texts as it won't go out of date quickly. Teachers could build seminars and lessons around each chapters, and interested students will find much to think about.
      an important source for children expressing an early interest in politics and social justice.
      "A useful tool for the classroom teacher, Why Do We Fight? will not only provide a springboard for lively group discussions, but it will also help middle school students to examine conflicts from several perspectives."

      "Valuable for its nonjudgmental tone, this is also a rich resource for conflict-related terms."
      "An engaging and accessible overview to peace and conflict studies. ... It would be a welcome addition to school libraries, middle school classrooms, and home collections."
      brilliantly takes the complicated subject of war and breaks it down in an unbiased, sensible, easy to understand manner ... I have yet to see any other book like this.
      ...provides a much needs social studies gap filler... [while] encouraging the reader to think independently; it isn't what you think, but HOW you think. The writing is clear and appropriate for the audience; in one section, she uses the analogy of high school to explain the social, economic, and political interaction of countries.
      truly remarkable .. very sophisticated yet accessible
      an excellent resource for social studies classes ... share Why Do We Fight with students to offer them hope that conflicts do not have to mean war for their generation.
      "With the popularity of dystopian novels and almost daily news stories of conflict somewhere in the world, Why Do We Fight? is a timely book for any library."

      "Walker is a talented writer who offers great wisdom in a compact edition."
      "Author Niki Walker gives readers conceptual straight talk about the nature of domestic and international unrest ... everyone needs some guidance on how to make sense of it all. Why Do We Fight? helps kids take those first steps."
      "Recently, we here at Annie Wright Schools discovered Niki Walker's fantastic Why Do We Fight?. Our fifth grade teachers were so impressed by the selection that they immediately ordered 20 copies to serve as class texts for their unit on Peace and Conflict. Since we use the Primary Years Program through International Baccalaureate, we love any text that starts with concepts and then encourages students to search out real-world instances of those conflicts through research and observation. Why Do We Fight? is perfect for this."
      a witty, easy to read, no nonsense book about the definitions, philosophies and roots of conflict.
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    Starting from Scratch What You Should Know about Food and Cooking Sarah Elton Canada, Jeff Kulak Canada
    9781926973968 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 10, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 6, Grade (US) from 4 - 6 Publication Date: March 15, 2014
    $19.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.5 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Starting from Scratch is a manifesto on food that will help kids relate to what they eat, whether on special occasions or every day, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move for centuries, resulting in the unique and fusion flavors we love today. She breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized and easily digestible pieces of information that cover everything from the chemistry of heat versus cold, fat versus acid, and salt versus sweet.

      Both practical and philosophical in its approach, Starting from Scratch demystifies food and cooking by boiling it down to the basics. Kids will be able to make sense of recipes, measure and substitute ingredients, and stock a pantry, but they’ll also discover that food is more than just a prepackaged meal. Using simple and universal examples, like how an onion is transformed when it’s boiled versus charred, caramelized versus fried, Starting from Scratch will inspire kids to eat better, try new flavors, and understand what’s on their plate.

      Even readers who decide the kitchen isn’t for them will leave with an improved sense of where food comes from and be able to join in on a conversation that continues from snack time to dinnertime.
      Bio


      JEFF KULAK is an Edmonton-born, Montreal-based designer-illustrator. From his studio, a converted room in a former nunnery, he creates art for books, magazines, album covers, and event posters.
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      Awards
      Ontario Library Association Red Maple (Non-Fiction) Award 2015, Short-listed
      Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 2015, Short-listed
      Quill & Quire Best of 2014 2014, Short-listed
      Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2014
      A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2014, Short-listed
      Canadian Science Writers' Association Science in Society Book Award (shortlisted) 2014
      Reviews
      "An intelligent introduction to food and cooking meant for children 10 or older but useful for adult beginners as well."
      "...a book I'd heartily recommend for elementary and middle school classrooms and libraries. Elton doesn't just talk about cooking and baking; she talks about nutrition, science and ethics as well."

      "A lively, colorful and matter-of-fact introduction to the culture of food ... what will make the volume of interest to young readers are the eye-catching art and the many fascinating tidbits of information."
      "Elton's insightful text is punctuated by Kulak's quirky, vintage art ... a sumptuous treat for any budding foodie to digest."

      "For those kids who love cooking and eating, this title should be required reading ... written in a clear and engaging style, this title has plenty of kid appeal."

      "There's more than enough in this encouraging book to get aspiring chefs started and plenty for confirmed foodies who enjoy working in the kitchen."
      "A well-organized, descriptive book about the science, history, and tools of cooking and food. ... This book will supplement the 641 section by adding a food science and history dimension that is rarely seen at the intermediate level."

      "Recipes are demystified and cooking is boiled down to the basics... What a delicious idea!"
      "Starting from Scratch stands out because of its friendly, accessible approach to teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating and preparing your own food. ...Daring and picky eaters alike will feel encouraged to diversify their food choices by taking pride in their own cooking adventures."
      "There are so many possible ways for teachers to use this book ... [it] deserves a place in every middle school (and yes, high school) library's nonfiction collection."

      "Novice cooks of all ages will find Starting from Scratch an invaluable basic food preparation curriculum. Highly recommended!"

      “How are we going to teach our kids to cook? Sarah Elton has taken a big step with Starting from Scratch.”

      "A boon to beginner cooks of all ages."
      "An important book on this subject."
      "If you have a future foodie in your midst, start exposing them to the science and FUN involved with cooking. With this book, they will become a chef for life!"
      "Will inspire your students to eat better, try new flavours, and understand what is on their plate."

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