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    You Hold Me Up / Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna Dual Language (English & Plains Cree) Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459821750 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) from P - K Sep 04, 2018
    This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about buildi... + Read More
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    After Life Ways We Think About Death Hardcover Merrie-Ellen Wilcox 9781459813885 $24.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Sep 04, 2018
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    Quid Pro Quo New edition Paperback Vicki Grant 9781459819313 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Aug 28, 2018
    Quid Pro Quo is a high-stakes, fast-moving legal thriller about real people, and funny ones at that. Cyril MacIntyre's mother is an ex-street kid who dragged her son to all her law-school classes, then proceeded to get kidnapped. That aside, Cyril's life isn’t too different from that of other thirteen-year-olds. He has all the usual adolescent issues to deal with: parent problems, self-esteem problems, skin and hair problems, and girl problems. But he has legal problems too. And he's got to solve them if he wants to save his mother's life. Quid... + Read More
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    Dominion Paperback Shane Arbuthnott 9781459820029 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Mar 27, 2018
    Molly grew up hearing the tales of Haviland Stout, her ancestor who discovered the dangerous magical spirits that inhabit the far corners of the world. Now, on the edge of the New World, in the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their airship, the Legerdemain. But when Molly captures a spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland's friend, her entire life is upended. What if everything she knows about the spirits, and her own history, is a lie? In her hunt for the truth, Molly will have to chal... + Read More
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    The Middle Ground 2nd edition Paperback Zoe Whittall 9781459818187 $9.95 FICTION Feb 06, 2018
    Missy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world. She has a lot to be thankful for: a great kid, a loving husband, a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town where she was born. Then one day everything gets turned upside down. She loses her job, catches her husband making out with the neighbor and is briefly taken hostage by a young man who robs the local café. With her world rapidly falling apart, Missy finds herself questioning the certainties she's lived with her whole life.
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    Buttercup's Lovely Day New edition Paperback Carolyn Beck 9781459817302 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Jan 30, 2018
    Called a "read-aloud gem" by Quill & Quire, this picture book will delight children with its creative use of language and endearing illustrations. In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer's field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life's simple pleasures.
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    Series: Orca Soundings Heavy Freight Paperback Sigmund Brouwer 9781459814752 $9.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Nov 14, 2017
    Fifteen-year-old Maxwell Stone has been surviving and thriving in the tough part of East Vancouver by being smart and fast. But when a drug deal goes wrong, Max suddenly finds himself on the run from both the bad guys and the cops. Desperate to escape, Max impulsively decides to hop on a moving freight train. His first attempt to climb aboard fails, but at the last second a hand reaches down and pulls him in. Joseph has been riding the rails for years, and his tales inspire Max to take a journey to the last place he ever expected to go.
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    Series: Orca Echoes Black Gold Paperback Sara Cassidy 9781459814226 $6.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3 Nov 07, 2017
    Cyrus and Rudy spend the last days of summer selling dahlias, blackberries and tomatoes at their roadside stand. When a neighbor drops off a bin full of red wigglers, California earthworms that break down compost into fertilizer, Rudy and Cyrus become worm moguls as they discover just how in demand the Eisenia fetida are. Black Gold is the third book featuring Cyrus and Rudy’s adventures on the farm, following Not for Sale and Blackberry Juice.
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    Series: Orca Soundings Caged Paperback Norah McClintock 9781459814998 $9.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Nov 07, 2017
    Even if Kenzie's dog had somehow managed to escape from the family's fenced backyard, Kenzie knows the big, lovable chocolate Lab wouldn't have gone far. As they search for Clancy, Kenzie and his dad keep hearing stories about other dogs that have gone missing too. When Kenzie finds Clancy's ID tag and spots a van loaded up with dog food, he knows he has to investigate further. With the help of a schoolmate whose dog has also disappeared, Kenzie uncovers an illegal operation that grabs dogs off the street and turns them into bloodthirsty killers.
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    Series: Orca Currents Medusa's Scream Paperback Melanie Jackson 9781459814417 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Nov 07, 2017
    Medusa's Scream is a thrill-ride that hurtles a train through an out-of-service gold mine in the Fraser Valley. Chase can't believe his luck when he lands a summer job in the food truck outside the ride's entrance. But then he notices strange things happening at the old mine. Chase starts to piece things together, and soon his life is threatened by a villain even scarier than the snake-headed Medusa of myth.
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    You Hold Me Up Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459814479 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Oct 31, 2017
    This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about buildin... + Read More
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    Fault Lines Understanding the Power of Earthquakes Hardcover Johanna Wagstaffe 9781459812437 $24.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Oct 24, 2017
    Earthquakes are a terrifying yet fascinating force of nature. Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe takes you through her own journey of understanding the earth beneath our feet. Along the way you’ll learn the science behind what makes the earth rumble and hear from kids around the world who have experienced the wonder, and terror, of an earthquake.
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    One Piece of String Board book Marthe Jocelyn 9781459813182 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) exact P Oct 24, 2017
    One piece of string comes untied from a parcel and changes into a spider's web, a ropy updo, a layer of snow on a birdhouse roof, and other surprises. Illustrated using Jocelyn's delightful paper collage, this wordless board book invites little ones to follow along and discover that each spread is made up of one single piece! This is a book that will inspire the youngest readers to see their own expanding worlds as a collection of interconnected shapes and colors.
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    One Red Button Board book Marthe Jocelyn 9781459813151 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) exact P Oct 24, 2017
    One red button falls off a coat and becomes the cherry on an ice-cream cone, the wheel on a fire truck, the jewel in a necklace, and many other round surprises. Illustrated using Jocelyn's delightful paper collage, One Red Button is a search-and-find adventure for little ones. This book will encourage the youngest readers to see the assortment of shapes and colors that decorate their own growing worlds.
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    Out of Tune Paperback Norah McClintock 9781459814653 $10.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12 Oct 24, 2017
    When Alicia, a talented violinist at Riley Donovan's high school, is found bludgeoned to death in a field on the outskirts of town, suspicion immediately falls on Carrie, the teen's musical rival. But Riley isn't convinced of Carrie's guilt, and even though her police-officer aunt tells her to stay out of it, Riley goes searching for the truth. Did Carrie really kill Alicia in a fit of jealous rage, or is there another explanation for Alicia's death?
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    Series: Orca Echoes Bats in Trouble Paperback Pamela McDowell 9781459814035 $6.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3 Oct 17, 2017
    Cricket McKay and her best friend, Shilo, are enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation when they discover that something is killing bats around Grandpa McKay's farm. Could the new wind turbines be the cause? The kids do some detective work and then jump into action coming up with a plan to save the bats. Bats in Trouble is the third book featuring animal-activist Cricket MacKay, following Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.
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    Series: Retribution Infiltrate Paperback Judith Graves 9781459807235 $9.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Oct 17, 2017
    In this sequel to Exposed, Raven is once again fighting for the underdog. When a desperate wave of teen suicides threatens to overwhelm her school, Raven does some digging and learns that all of the victims have one thing in common: issues with anxiety. With help from Team Retribution, Raven links the deaths to an unauthorized drug trial at a shady medical center. To find out more, she goes undercover, but things quickly get out of her control. Soon she's not surewhat is real and what is a drug-induced fantasy.
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    Miriam's Secret Paperback Debby Waldman 9781459814257 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Oct 17, 2017
    In 1930 nine-year-old Miriam travels by train from Brooklyn to her grandparents' farm in upstate New York. Her grandparents are kind, generous people, but they aren't exactly ideal playmates for a lonely girl. When Miriam is not doing homework in the kitchen with Bubby or helping prepare meals for the migrant workers that Zayde hires to help out on the farm, she plays with the barn kittens born just before she arrived. Those kittens are her only friends, until the day Miriam discovers a young girl hiding in the barn. Cissy and her brother, Joe,... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Camped Out Paperback Daphne Greer 9781459815414 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Oct 10, 2017
    Max knows his mom can't afford to send him to summer camp. But he really, really wants to go. He needs a break from looking after his autistic brother, Duncan. And from his mom's new boyfriend. He is surprised when his mom says that he can go after all. But there's a catch. There are spots available at the camp for families with special needs. A grant would cover Duncan's fees, and Max could attend at no charge. If he goes as Duncan's escort. This is the second story featuring Max and Duncan after Maxed Out.
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    Silas' Seven Grandparents New edition Paperback Anita Horrocks 9781459816404 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Oct 10, 2017
    Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. But when Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. One Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at the same time! How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings? Silas' Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents as a result of d... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Footprints A Fair Deal Shopping for Social Justice Hardcover Kari Jones 9781459810433 $19.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Oct 03, 2017
    Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It's about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a more ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Origins Chinese New Year A Celebration for Everyone Hardcover Jen Sookfong Lee 9781459811263 $24.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Oct 03, 2017
    From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.
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    Series: Orca Soundings Firewall Paperback Sean Rodman 9781459814530 $9.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Oct 03, 2017
    Josh is a gamer. After his parents' divorce and his move from Chicago to a small town where he doesn't know anybody, he copes by staying up way too late playing Killswitch online. Then he discovers a "mod" version of the game that is an exact reproduction of his new town. Strange things start to happen in the game, and they are somehow connected with events in the real world.
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    Series: Orca Currents Payback Paperback Deb Loughead 9781459814691 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Sep 26, 2017
    Dylan O'Connor is in trouble again. While riding his bike home after dark, he has a run-in with a truck but doesn't give it a second thought until police show up at his door the next day. CCTV cameras put Dylan at the scene of a crime, and when the police question him, Dylan realizes he was an inadvertent witness. But he doesn't tell them the driver of the truck was Jeff Walker, a nasty piece of work. Dylan knows it's in his best interests to keep his mouth shut. Then he starts getting stalked by Jeff's weirdo sidekick, Eliot Barnes, a classmat... + Read More
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    Speaking Our Truth A Journey of Reconciliation Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459815834 $29.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7 Sep 19, 2017
    Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Re... + Read More
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    Bedtime 123 Board book Eric Walters 9781459810730 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Grade (CAN) exact P Sep 12, 2017
    Lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon.
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    Series: PopActivism Can Your Smartphone Change the World? Paperback Erinne Paisley 9781459813038 $14.95 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12 Sep 12, 2017
    Can Your Smartphone Change the World? is a twenty-first-century guide for anyone who has access to a smartphone. This how-to manual looks at specific ways you can create social change through the tap of a screen. Filled with examples of successful hashtag campaigns, viral videos and new socially conscious apps, the book provides practical advice for using your smartphone as a tool for social justice. This is the first book in the PopActivism series, which includes Can Your Outfit Change the World? and Can Your Conversations Change the World? (c... + Read More
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    Plank's Law Paperback Lesley Choyce 9781459812499 $14.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Sep 12, 2017
    Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington's disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he's trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It's the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank's Law, which is "just live." This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara—the gir... + Read More
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    90 Days of Different Hardcover Eric Walters 9781459816732 $19.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Aug 29, 2017
    On the last day of high school, Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her. It turns out he thinks she is too predictable, too responsible, too mature...too boring. When Sophie turns to her best friend, Ella, for comfort and reassurance, Ella just confirms what her boyfriend has said. And that hurts even more. Then Ella comes up with a plan to help Sophie find her wilder side. In the ninety days between the end of high school and the start of university, she is going to arrange for Sophie to do amazing, new, different and sometimes scary things.... + Read More
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    Hit the Ground Running Paperback Alison Hughes 9781459815445 $14.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12 Aug 29, 2017
    Sixteen-year-old Dee and her seven-year-old brother, Eddie, have been on their own for six weeks. Their father has seemingly vanished into the baking Arizona desert. Their money is drying up and the rent is coming due, but it's a visit from a social worker and the prospect of being separated from Eddie that scares Dee enough to flee. She dupes her brother into packing up and embarking on the long road trip to Canada, their birthplace and former home. Lacking a driver's license and facing a looming interrogation at the border, Dee rations their ... + Read More

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