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On the Playground

On the Playground

Our First Talk About Prejudice
by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
edition:Hardcover
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: 1 to 3
Reading age: 6 to 8
tagged : prejudice & racism, bullying, values & virtues

On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice. Crafted around a narrative between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnes …

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Power Play

Power Play

A Graphic Guide Adventure
by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : values & virtues, mystery & detective, action & adventure

Devin and Nadia team up with Bounce, Pema and Marcus as they all travel to Northern Ontario to watch their parents present to the Summit of World Leaders. A swarm of politicians, lobbyists, corporate bosses and protestors have all converged on the summit to get their messages heard. A tragic accident just hours before their parents' presentation p …

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Dominion

Dominion

by Shane Arbuthnott
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : fantasy & magic, steampunk, values & virtues

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 …

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The Mighty Hughes

The Mighty Hughes

From Prairie Lawyer to Western Canada's Moral Compass
by Craig McInnes
edition:eBook
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tagged : lawyers & judges, canadian, political

An in-depth look at the life and career of retired judge and conflict-of-interest commissioner Ted Hughes, whose unflinching integrity earned him the reputation as Canada’s moral compass.

Throughout his sixty-year career, Ted Hughes has been a model of ethical conduct in the Canadian judicial system. The son of immigrant homesteaders who grew up i …

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Payback

Payback

by Deb Loughead
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : law & crime, values & virtues

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 driv …

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Speaking Our Truth

Speaking Our Truth

A Journey of Reconciliation
by Monique Gray Smith
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : prejudice & racism, values & virtues, customs, traditions, anthropology

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 Survi …

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Pinch Me

Pinch Me

by Gabrielle Prendergast
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : music, values & virtues

After another night of girls, music and booze, seventeen-year-old pop star Darius Zaire falls out of bed and lands on the cruddy floor of his old bedroom. No mansion, no luxury cars, no platinum records. Now he's just ordinary Darren Zegers. Some kind of nightmare has erased everything that happened to change Darren the dweeb into Darius the multi …

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The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

by Leanne Lieberman
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age: 13 to 17
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : dating & sex, values & virtues, depression

Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She's also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she's sure she'll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her …

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Bullies Rule

Bullies Rule

by Monique Polak
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : bullying, school & education, values & virtues

Daniel Abel is surprised when, instead of being punished for "pantsing" another eighth-grader, he is invited to become an ambassador of Mountview High at the school's upcoming open house. What he doesn't realize is that he is part of a social experiment on bullying being conducted by the local university.
He is a little nervous to learn he will be …

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Medicine Unbundled

Medicine Unbundled

A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care
by Gary Geddes
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tagged : indigenous studies, public health, discrimination & race relations

A shocking exposé of the dark history and legacy of segregated Indigenous health care in Canada.

After the publication of his critically acclaimed 2011 book Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer’s Search for Justice and Healing in Africa, author Gary Geddes turned the investigative lens on his own country, embarking on a long and difficult journey acro …

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In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

by Laura Langston
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : values & virtues, violence, parents

Fifteen-year-old Megan "Cause Queen" Caliente is president of the political science club and likes to make her voice heard. But after the protest she organized on the Las Vegas Strip takes an unexpected turn, she is suddenly wishing she could disappear. When her mother comes to pick her up at the police station, Megan learns, to her horror, that he …

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Billboard Express

Billboard Express

by Sigmund Brouwer & Cindy Morgan
edition:Paperback
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : business, careers, occupations, values & virtues, music

Elle has come to Nashville to become a star. She has what it takes, but her agent and all the label executives want to change everything about her—her hair, her body, her clothes and, most important, her music. So Elle becomes a blond, sings about cookin' for her man and wears tiny shorts and revealing tank tops. Then a chance meeting with an es …

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Camp Disaster

Camp Disaster

by Frieda Wishinsky
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : bullying, values & virtues, camping & outdoor activities

Charlotte Summers is sure that summer camp is going to be a disaster. And she’s right. But it’s not as disastrous for her as it is for her counselor, Abby. Abby has no control over the girls in her charge. The control is held by the cabin’s mean girl. Charlotte realizes that she could tip the balance of power and unseat the bully, but does sh …

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Leggings Revolt

Leggings Revolt

by Monique Polak
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : values & virtues, school & education, politics & government

Eric and his buddies have left behind their all boys school to attend high school with girls. Eager to find his place in this exciting new world, Eric joins the student life committee, unaware that he is expected to enforce the school’s strict dress code. The dress code is particularly harsh on the girls he is keen to get to know. Eric finds this …

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Under Threat

Under Threat

by Robin Stevenson
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : lgbt, values & virtues, law & crime

Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny’s parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny’s name. When Lea …

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Exposed

Exposed

by Judith Graves
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : law & crime, extreme sports, values & virtues

Raven is cunning, aggressive and whip-smart—she’s had to be to survive. She was taken in at a young age by the boss of a car-theft ring, who rescued her from a life of hell. For too long she’s believed she owes him everything and used her uncanny urban climbing skills to train young recruits for what she believes are victimless crimes. Until …

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Bad Business

Bad Business

by Diane Dakers
edition:Paperback
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : business, careers, occupations, values & virtues, peer pressure

Lindy has been working hard cleaning and doing odd jobs around the neighborhood to earn money for a trip to the Arctic. When Mrs. Naulty, an elderly client, mistakenly pays her a huge amount of money, Lindy keeps it to pay the early-bird rate for her trip. It’s only when a schoolmate learns what she did and starts blackmailing her that Lindy star …

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The Summer We Saved the Bees

The Summer We Saved the Bees

by Robin Stevenson
edition:Paperback
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : environment, values & virtues

Wolf’s mother is obsessed with saving the world’s honeybees, so it’s not too surprising when she announces that she’s taking her Save the Bees show on the road—with the whole family. Wolf thinks it’s a terrible plan, and not just because he’ll have to wear a bee costume—in public. He likes his alternative school and hates the idea o …

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Shimmy

Shimmy

by Kari Jones
edition:Paperback
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : dance, values & virtues, friendship

Lila has always wanted a career in belly dance, so she is thrilled when she is invited to join Dana Sajala’s competitive and prestigious studio. But dancing at the new studio isn’t quite what she expected. Dana Sajala is a tough teacher, and Lila finds the constant criticism stressful. On top of that, Lila misses the dancers from her old troupe …

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Lost Cause Unabridged Audiobook

Lost Cause Unabridged Audiobook

by John Wilson, read by Mark Ashby
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : military & wars, values & virtues

Steve thinks a trip to Europe is out of the question—until he hears his grandfather's will. Suddenly he's off to Spain, armed with only a letter from his grandfather that sends him to a specific address in Barcelona. There he meets a girl named Laia and finds a trunk containing some of his grandfather's possessions, including a journal he kept d …

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Cycling with the Dragon

Cycling with the Dragon

by Elaine Woo
edition:Paperback
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tagged : canadian

Cycling with the Dragon is a personal investigation of family,love, culture, self, and the helpless feeling of "smallness." Elaine Woo's poems take the form of the words that they speak: she forms an "o" for the buoy that is a child's safety-raft (found in the solitude of a notebook and Harriet the Spy), and weaves a poem about fearing snakes and d …

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Some Birds Walk For the Hell of It

Some Birds Walk For the Hell of It

by c.r. avery
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Some Birds Walk for the Hell of It is the third volume of poetry from musician and spoken word artist, C.R. Avery. In his take-no-prisoners style of verse and performance, Avery celebrates the virtues of the bohemian lifestyle, late-nite denizens of inconvenient madness, the dissolute and the temporary, lawless black leather pioneers of rap, and ev …

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Underhand

Underhand

by M.J. McIsaac
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : siblings, values & virtues

Fifteen-year-old Nick Carver is tired of living in his older brother's shadow. Markus is the lacrosse team hero, love interest of Nick's longtime crush and now the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Philston Weiks Academy.
When a mistake at provincials results in Markus's goal being discounted, rumors start going around school that he …

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Above All Else

Above All Else

by Jeff Ross
edition:Paperback
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : soccer, mysteries & detective stories, values & virtues

Del plays striker on his high school soccer team, the Cardinals, and they’ve gone almost three seasons undefeated. To Del, it’s just a game, but some of the players think winning is all that matters. When an ugly tackle results in a major loss for the Cardinals against their main rival, the Rebels, things get heated between the teams. That nig …

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Resistance Is Fertile

Resistance Is Fertile

Canadian Struggles on the BioCommons
by Wilhelm Peekhaus
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age: 22 to 100
Grade: 17
tagged : biotechnology, social aspects

For decades, government, industry, and the mainstream media have extolled the virtues of biotechnology while downplaying its negative side effects. Focusing on agriculture, Resistance Is Fertile challenges this dominant rhetoric by analyzing the major issues around which opponents of biotechnology in Canada are mobilizing resistance – namely, the …

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Anna Carries Water

Anna Carries Water

by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James
edition:Hardcover
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age: 3 to 7
Grade: k
tagged : caribbean & latin america, self-esteem & self-reliance, values & virtues

Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can't carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters. In this charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.

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A Sack Full of Feathers

A Sack Full of Feathers

by Debby Waldman, illustrated by Cindy Revell
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age: 3 to 5
Grade: p to k
Reading age: 3 to 5
tagged : jewish, country & ethnic, values & virtues

Yankel loves to tell stories, as long as they are someone else's. He does not see the hurt that his stories cause, the way they spread and change. Then the rabbi hands him a bag of feathers and tells him to place one on every doorstep in the village. Yankel is changed by what happens and finds himself with his best story yet, one of his very own.

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Room Enough for Daisy

Room Enough for Daisy

by Debby Waldman & Rita Feutl, illustrated by Cindy Revell
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age: 3 to 5
Grade: p to k
Reading age: 3 to 5
tagged : toys, dolls, puppets, values & virtues, jewish

Daisy has more toys than she knows what to do with. In this story, inspired by an Eastern European folktale about a house that's too small, Daisy thinks she needs a bigger bedroom for all the gifts on her birthday list. Her clever mom helps her realize less is more, and Daisy decides to donate many of her things to a Mitzvah Day rummage sale. In th …

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One Peace

One Peace

True Stories of Young Activists
illustrated by Janet Wilson
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : social activists, military & wars, values & virtues

One Peace celebrates the "Power of One," and specifically the accomplishments of children from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace. Janet Wilson challenges today's children to strive to make a difference in this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled and fascinating volume of portraits of many "heroes for today."

Canadian Craig Ki …

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Kishka for Koppel

Kishka for Koppel

by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
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age: 3 to 5
Grade: p to k
Reading age: 3 to 5
tagged : jewish, values & virtues, humorous stories

In this fresh take on a classic tale, a magic meat grinder helps a poor Jewish couple learn a little gratitude after the three wishes it grants them go awry. A cautionary story that questions today's consumerism and excessiveness, Kishka for Koppel, like the best folktales, can help children and adults alike to look both beyond and within.

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Clever Rachel

Clever Rachel

by Debby Waldman, illustrated by Cindy Revell
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age: 6 to 8
Grade: p to k
Reading age: 3 to 5
tagged : jewish, values & virtues, friendship

In this retelling of a Jewish folktale, Jacob tries to stump Rachel with his best riddles but fails repeatedly. When a young woman in need of help presents Rachel and Jacob with the trickiest riddles of all, they discover the only way to solve them is to work together.

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My Side

My Side

by Norah McClintock
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : bullying, values & virtues, friendship

When quiet, shy Addie is lured into the woods, she is convinced she is going to die. She quickly finds out that there are worse things than terror—things like betrayal at the hands of her best friend and public humiliation in front of the entire school.
Neely, Addie's ex-best friend, is tired of the same old life and the same old friends. She is …

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Whatever

Whatever

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by Ann Walsh
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age: 16 to 100
Grade: 11 to 17
tagged : death & dying, values & virtues, adolescence

Sixteen-year-old Darrah is in trouble. She lost her temper and, as a result, Mrs. Johnson, was hurt. Now her parents want her to go to something called a "Restorative Justice" circle that the RCMP suggested. Darrah has to face her parents, Mrs. Johnson, a policewoman, and a "facilitator" who all sit in a circle and decide on Darrah's "sanctions." S …

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Deadly

Deadly

by Sarah N. Harvey
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : mysteries & detective stories, contemporary, values & virtues

Amy and Eric are the perfect couple. Popular, good-looking, happy. But after they are seen quarreling at a party, Amy disappears and Eric is the number-one suspect. Amy wakes up alone in a windowless, all-white room. She has no idea how she got there, or who put her there. All she knows is that she has to get out. Eric wakes up to news of Amy's di …

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Tagged

Tagged

by Eric Walters
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 100
tagged : values & virtues, art, politics & government

The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art. Between that and cutbacks to the local art gallery it seems like nothing is safe. But Oswald, masquerading as a graffiti artist known as The Wiz, is fighting back—by painting elaborate murals in public places and planting art in the galleries, and then by taking on the mayor himself. As the …

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