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    Series: Just Enough
    What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity Dr. Jillian Roberts Canada, Cindy Revell Canada
    9781459809482 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:September 27, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 360 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.

      Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter. Other books in the series deal with birth, death, separation and divorce. For more information, visit www.justenoughseries.com.
      Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, professor and parent. She earned her PhD at age twenty-six, became one of the youngest associate professors at the University of Victoria at thirty-two and shortly after became the associate dean of the Faculty of Education. During this time Dr. Roberts built one of Victoria, British Columbia's most successful child-psychology practices. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and the Toronto Sun, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Global News, and has been interviewed by The Tyee and the CBC. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children's books was released in 2016 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world.

      Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards and wine bottles, and in magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. She has worked with clients like Disney, Penguin Putnam, the L.A. Times and Scholastic. Her illustration of Mallory and the Power Boy (Annick Press) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton.

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      CCBC Best Books 2017, Commended
      BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended
      "The value of diversity is woven through the child-like drawing and reinforces the topic of variety and uniqueness. The illustrations sparkle with colour and warmth...The underlying powerful message is one of respecting the variety in our world, and readers are left with the optimistic spin of celebrating differences. It is never too early to teach even the youngest that we are all different and special in our own way."
      "This is a good book as a one-on-one read aloud or with a small group of students. It would be a perfect 'just in time' book after a distressing event...or to help explain a negative current event in the news...This would be a valuable book in the home, classroom and school library."
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    I Am Not a Number Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis Canada, Kathy Kacer Canada, Gillian Newland Canada
    9781927583944 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 7 - 11, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 6, Grade (US) from 3 - 6, Reading age from 7 - 11 Publication Date:September 06, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.3 in | 430 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
      Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, artist, and speaker who works full-time supporting the advancement of Indigenous education. Jenny’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.

      Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

      Gillian Newland is an artist who works mostly in watercolor, ink and pencils. She finds most of her inspiration to draw outside of her studio, and can sometimes be found sketching her fellow customers at a coffee shop. She is the illustrator of The Magician of Auschwitz and many other books. Gillian lives in Toronto.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      CBC Books' Best Books of the Year 2016, Commended
      Ontario Library Association's Best Bets - Junior Nonfiction 2016, Commended
      Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books 2016, Commended
      American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of the Year 2016, Commended
      Hackmatack Award 2018, Winner
      Diamond Willow Award 2017, Winner
      Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      CCBC Choices - Best Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Information Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017 2017, Commended
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Award for Information Book 2018, Winner
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      Residential and boarding school stories are hard to read, but they're vitally important... books like I Am Not a Number should be taught in schools in Canada, and the U.S., too.
      A moving glimpse into a not-very-long-past injustice.
      Publishers Weekly
      July 11, 2016

      Kacer (The Magician of Auschwitz, also illustrated by Newland) and educator Dupuis unflinchingly recount a story from the childhood of Dupuis’s grandmother, one of some 150,000 Canadian First Nations children relocated to residential schools as part of an assimilation policy. Irene Couchie and two brothers were taken from their family in 1928 to attend a Catholic boarding school. She was assigned a number in lieu of her name, her long hair was unceremoniously cut, and a nun physically abused her for speaking her native language (“even though the red sores had now turned pink, the memory of the punishment had not faded one bit”). The story never shies from the harsh treatment Irene endured, peaking dramatically when the children hide from the agent coming to collect them for a second school year. They were among the lucky ones whose parents took a stand and refused to return them. Most spreads feature a full page of first-person narrative opposite Newland’s somber watercolors. An afterword discusses Canada’s history with the residential school program (and recent government apologies for it) and provides additional details about her grandmother’s life. Ages 7–11.
      It’s important to teach children about true Canadian history, but it’s not easy to talk about it in a way that children will understand. I Am Not a Number is perfect to get the conversation about residential schools started with your children. It opens the door for them to ask questions about the subject and the story is relatable in a way they can follow.
      This well done, empathetic historical book is highly recommended for all collections. (Starred Review)
      To any one looking for a book to teach children about the history of residential schools 'I Am Not A Number' is without hesitation a very powerful and historical teaching tool.
      The personal relevance of the subject matter to Jenny Kay Dupuis comes through in the strong text she co-wrote with Kathy Kacer.... primary school teachers and librarians will find much here that they can work with.
      Gillian Newland's sombre illustrations, done with a muted palette of greys, greens and browns, beautifully capture the written words.... This book is a moving look into an injustice that continues to have ramifications for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
      Of special note is the author’s ability to portray the devastating environment that Irene lived in, in a heartfelt and authentic way that is very much appropriate for the intended age... Few stories exist about the residential school system that are aimed at a younger age group, and this one is an absolute must for classrooms and libraries.
      [A] powerful teaching tool that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to. It is written in simple language and told in a way that will stimulate conversations about residential schools and the traumatic effects they have had on generations of First Nation families and communities. ... beautifully illustrated by Gillian Newland. She captures the somber mood of the school, the anguish of the children, the severity of the nuns and the desperation of the family. Students can easily empathize with Irene and her brothers as well as their parents as they try to imagine how they would feel or act in a similar situation.
      The story was captivatingly told.... I can’t stress the importance of having these books in your library collection enough. They reflect accurately the experiences of many Native families and the history of many Native peoples (not just the ones in Canada). They can start conversations, albeit hard ones for us white teachers and parents, around the deep seated racism in our country and how that has played out over the years. They can also ensure that children are being exposed to this history.
      With tenacious resolve and empathetic storytelling, [Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer, and Gillian Newland] reminds us – perhaps more urgently than ever – that 'there is still much work to be done.'
      Gillian Newland’s illustrations are a highly realistic, very evocative accompaniment to [the] text. They set the tone and establish the mood of the story.... [The book] raises such issues as child rights, parental rights, Canadian constitutional rights, and Indigenous rights. I Am Not a Number would be an excellent starting point for anyone pursuing these issues.
      Endless cross-curricular connections can be made using this story. But the most powerful aspect of this book is that it will open a dialogue, one that Justice Murray Sinclair spoke of as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a dialogue that needs to take place for reconciliation to happen.
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    Brilliant! Shining a light on sustainable energy Michelle Mulder Canada
    9781459812147 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 09, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 8 x 9.5 x 0.2 in | 220 gr | 48 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Did you know that cars can run on french-fry grease or that human poop can be used to provide power to classrooms?

      Brilliant! is about what happens when you harness the power of imagination and innovation: the world changes for the better! Kids in Mexico help light up their houses by playing soccer, and in the Philippines, pop-bottle skylights are improving the quality of life for thousands of families. Full of examples of unusual (and often peculiar) power sources, Brilliant! encourages kids to look around for new and sustainable ways to light up the world.


      Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written numerous titles in the Orca Footprints series including Pedal It!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk and Home Sweet Neighborhood. She has also written several works of fiction including The Vegetable Museum and Not a Chance. Michelle lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended
      CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended
      Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's Information Book Award nominee 2014, Long-listed
      "An upbeat exploration of the often-curious world of alternative energy...The book is peppered with exotic photographs, as well as quick-shooting boxed items, to catch the attention of busy eyes. A smart, welcoming introduction to alternative fuels, one that puts the greater world in readers’ hands."
      "Environmental problems are treated as exciting opportunities for ingenuity, rather than a scary future menace. Geothermal heat, wind, hydroelectric power, and the sun are all discussed as potential alternate sources of energy, but biofuel is given the most attention. More cutting-edge approaches, such as burning human waste or creating energy through play, encourage kids to look for solutions in unexpected places."
      "Teeming with creative innovations from around the globe...The illustrations and colour photos enhance the text, and the ‘Energy Facts’ and ‘Power Lines’ sections fill the spaces and create more energy themselves!...An informative, entertaining and electrifying addition to the Orca Footprints series. This energetic book is a must-have for any school library. Highly Recommended."
      "A great addition to an elementary library as an excellent resource for students learning about sustainable energy sources."
      "A terrific informational book for students to learn about sustainable energy sources in the world. It has beautiful photographs and is packed with information that students can learn. It will also help students learn about other parts of the world that they may not know about as it is a book about global energy. Wonderful book. Highly Recommended."
      "Mulder presents an objective, positive approach to teaching young people about traditional, non-renewable sources of energy, and also about looking for alternative sources of renewable energy, sometimes in unexpected places...An excellent choice for introducing children to the variety of energy sources available today and to the complexities of the energy discussion."
      "Mulder investigates our energy dependence and explains other environmentally friendly possibilities in a fun, exciting, and optimistic manner...Clear language and catchy wordplay in the sub-headings help make the science behind energy accessible...[Mulder's] passion for environmentalism is obvious and her enthusiasm contagious. Brilliant! will spark the interest of many future innovators who can and will change the world."
      "A high interest book dealing with the topic of alternative sustainable energy sources. The information is all presented in an easy to read narrative format."
      "A book that combines history and science to teach children about sustainable sources of energy...Lots of pictures and personal vignettes lighten up its tone and deliver a powerful message: finding new, sustainable ways to harness energy is not only possible but can be incredibly fun...Mulder’s passion for sustainability is contagious and this is a good book to have a conversation with your children about ways to change the world."
      "These are books that should be in classrooms everywhere. They are brilliantly designed and truly informative for children wanting to know more about the footprints we leave in our world...As has been the case with the previous books in this series, the illustrations and clear photographs give essential meaning to the text. The 'Power Lines' and 'Energy Facts' boxes add personal observations and humor, as well as much needed information. Get it for your classroom, your library, or your home to provide food for thought and action! Put on your own thinking cap, and try to visualize new ways to improve life on our planet."
      "Brilliant! takes not only a tour around the world, but a journey through time…This book is accessible to all students and, more importantly, everyone can find themselves represented in some way. The diversity of ideas and uses being presented will open the eyes of any reader and challenge them to think differently about every single resource they use and the endless possibilities of what may come. Enjoy the journey!"
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    To Burp or Not to Burp A Guide to Your Body in Space Dave Williams Canada, Loredana Cunti Canada
    9781554518531 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:October 11, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.14 in | 220 gr | 56 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      An informative and humorous look at what happens to your body in space – by someone who has been there. Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is "How do you go to the toilet in space?" This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body: How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like? The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut who speaks from first-hand experience. Written for kids ages 7 to 10, this book uses age-appropriate language to explain the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers. The opening message from Dr. Dave empowers kids to follow his example by believing in themselves and following their dreams.
      Dr. Dave Williams is a Canadian astronaut who participated in spaceflights aboard two NASA space shuttles; he also became an aquanaut through undersea research in the world's only underwater research laboratory. Dr. Williams currently works in healthcare and To Burp or Not to Burp is his first book. He lives in Oakville, ON, Canada.

      Loredana Cunti specializes in children's entertainment, a former Senior VP of Children's Programming at Universal Pictures and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef. Loredana has developed book-based characters for TV including Geronimo Stilton and the Pink Panther. To Burp or Not to Burp is her first book. She lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize finalist 2017, Short-listed
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017
      Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews 2017, Short-listed
      Canadian Science Writers’ Association Youth Book Award finalist 2017, Short-listed
      Cybils Blogger’s Award nomination 2016, Nominated
      Green Book Festival Award, Runner-Up 2018, Runner-up
      Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards nomination 2017, Long-listed
      Information Book Award finalist, Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables 2017, Long-listed
      Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination 2017, Nominated
      Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2017, Nominated
      Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2017

      “A must-read for those future space explorers and kids curious about how the human body works in space.”

      Kids, teachers and parents will love Dr. Dave’s wonderful book. It tells it like it is! —Barbara Morgan (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

      “This informative book would be great for the elementary classroom!”

      “[A] welcome addition for those interested in a future in space . . . informative.”

      “A fun, educational and quirky book. Kids will love it! 4 stars!”

      “A great resource for students to think critically about life in space.”

      “Highly entertaining title. Interspersed between the funny and gross parts are scientific facts that will amuse and enlighten.”

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    What Milly Did The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling Elise Moser Canada, Scot Ritchie Canada
    9781554988938 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 8 - 11, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 6, Grade (US) from 3 - 6 Publication Date:August 01, 2016
    $11.95 CAD 6.75 x 8.5 x 0.12 in | 0.18 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:112 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      The extraordinary story of the woman who made plastics recycling possible.

      Milly Zantow wanted to solve the problem of her town’s full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard — the system of numbers you see inside the little triangle on plastics. This is the inspiring story of how she mobilized her community, creating sweeping change to help the environment.

      On a trip to Japan in 1978, Milly noticed that people were putting little bundles out on the street each morning. They were recycling — something that hadn’t taken hold in North America. When she returned to Sauk City, Wisconsin, she discovered that her town’s landfill was nearing capacity, and that plastic made up a large part of the garbage. No one was recycling plastics.

      Milly decided to figure out how. She discovered that there are more than seven kinds of plastic, and they can’t be combined for recycling, so she learned how to use various tests to identify them. Then she found a company willing to use recycled plastic, but the plastic would have to be ground up first.

      Milly and her friend bought a huge industrial grinder and established E-Z Recycling. They worked with local school children and their community, and they helped other communities start their own recycling programs. But Milly knew that the large-scale recycling of plastics would never work unless people could easily identify the seven types. She came up with the idea of placing an identifying number in the little recycling triangle, which has become the international standard.

      Milly's story is a glimpse into the early days of the recycling movement and shows how, thanks to her determination, hard work and community-building, huge changes took place, spreading rapidly across North America.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


      Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


      Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


      ELISE MOSER was born in Brooklyn and spent her childhood in small-town New Jersey. She moved to Montreal and did an English degree at McGill University, then worked at Paragraphe Bookstore for many years. She went on to become a long-time sales rep for American university presses.

      Elise’s short stories have been published in Canada and the US, and her adult novel, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, was praised by the National Post as “[an] ambitious and artfully woven debut novel.” Her young adult novel, Lily and Taylor, received a starred review from Kirkus.

      Elise was president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (2009–2012) and is also an editor. She presently divides her time between Montreal and Sauk City, Wisconsin.

      SCOT RITCHIE is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than sixty-five books to his credit, including P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony, Federica and Owen at the Park. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has exhibited his illustrations at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Green Prize Award 2017, Winner
      ALA Amelia Bloomer List 2018, Commended
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    9781772600131 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 9 - 13, Grade (CAN) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from 5 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 13 Publication Date:September 06, 2016
    $9.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 160 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Cass and her mom have always stood on their own against the world. Then Cass learns she had a grandmother, one who was never part of her life, one who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own. But with it comes more questions than answers: Why is her Mom so determined not to live there? Why was this relative kept so secret? And what is the unusual mask, forgotten in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all lead Cass closer to solving the mystery and making connections she never dreamed she had.
      Susan Currie is a winner of Second Story Press’ Indigenous Writing Contest, resulting in this, her second book. Her first book was Basket of Beethoven, a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children, MYRCA, and Silver Birch Awards. She has an MA in children’s literature and has been an elementary teacher for 17 years. Susan is an adopted person who later learned about her Cayuga heritage, an experience that inspired The Mask That Sang. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.
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      Hackmatack Award 2018, Short-listed
      Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017 2017, Commended
      Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature 2017, Commended
      Currie offers a light, bittersweet story, filtered through the innocence of children, that comes full circle. She does this with an ease that is endearing and educational.... Drawing on her own experience discovering her Cayuga identity, Currie offers a tender, resonant tale.
      Currie manages to bring together an enlightening and interesting read, while also refraining from sanitizing the heart of the issues she addresses. Her works are blunt, honest, and refreshingly warm, and are an important addition to the growing number of literary works by authors of First Nations descent.
      The Mask That Sang forces readers to confront the ongoing impact of the mistreatment of Canada’s aboriginal peoples, yet at the same time it offers a hopeful and positive perspective, focused on healing and the importance of embracing one’s community and culture.
      Currie has crafted a haunting and sometimes bittersweet novel that touches upon the lost generation of First Nation children.
      The Mask That Sang reminds us all about the importance of following our path and honouring our culture by knowing where we came from and being proud of who we are.
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    Series: Clara Humble
    Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers Anna Humphrey Canada, Lisa Cinar Canada
    9781771471473 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:September 15, 2016
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.81 in | 434 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Clara Humble may seem like your average fourth-grader who doesn’t look before she leaps, but she has a secret: she thinks she might have superpowers. Which is convenient, because things aren’t going so well for Clara. Students from rival R. R. Reginald are moving into her school for the term, and Clara’s favorite neighbor, Momo, is moving to a faraway retirement home.

      Together with her best friend, Bradley, the winsome and overconfident Clara becomes convinced that her knack for making liquids spill, overhearing her parents’ conversations, communicating with her pet chinchilla, and maybe even mind-controlling teachers could be used to put a stop to these injustices. Sure, these “powers” may not be as impressive as built-in Wi-Fi or the ability to barf data clouds—both hacks possessed by @Cat, the bionic superhero of the comic book series Clara is creating—but they’re Clara’s best bet.

      Told in Clara’s clever, funny, and strikingly authentic voice, this novel kicks off a new series by inviting readers into this memorable character’s inventive mind to share in her misadventures. Annotated with Clara’s comic sketches, it’s a fast-paced read with a spot-on perspective of life as a 10-year-old that kids will surely relate to.
      ANNA HUMPHREY is the author of the Clara Humble series and other novels for middle-grade and young adult readers. Anna lives with her family in Kitchener, Ontario.

      LISA CINAR is an illustrator and owner of the online shop Draw Me a Lion. She has written and illustrated several picture books in addition to the Clara Humble series. Lisa lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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      "A good antidote to the feeling most kids (and adults!) will find familiar: that the world is out of their control... A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths."
      "Subtly thought-provoking... Humphrey - and Clara - have staked out their own comic territory."
      "Humphrey succeeds in establishing a likable heroine, a spunky comic book fan with a wild imagination... A solid start to a new series. Clara Humble proves she doesn't need superpowers to win over young readers."
      "Author Anna Humphrey has done a wonderful job of telling a story that many children will be able to identify with: things happen that we have no control over and we need to learn how to cope. This book is sprinkled with adorable illustrations that depict Clara's comic strip and how she sees the world around her. This book will help students know they are not alone in how they feel and what they are dealing with. Recommended."
      "A funny and touching story through which young readers may explore their own feelings of helplessness and frustration."
      "Beautiful and fun... A worthy addition to the growing field of doodle-illustrated middle-grade novels."
      "Clara's supposed super powers make for quite an interesting storyline. The characters are well-developed, and the story is interesting... Recommended."
      "Humphrey's new series starring Clara Humble as a plucky young cartoonist tackles the big challenges facing kids like friendship, anger, competition, and change with honesty and humor...delightful...hilarious super hero hijinks that kids will love."
      "Will be understood by middle school readers."
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    The Best Mistake Mystery The Great Mistake Mysteries Sylvia McNicoll Canada
    9781459736252 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 On Sale Date:January 07, 2017
    $8.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 120 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn Press
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      Some people count their blessings, but dogwalker Stephen Nobel counts mistakes.

      Dogwalker extraordinaire Stephen Nobel can get a little anxious, but his habit of counting the mistakes he and everyone else makes calms him. His need to analyze gets kicked into hyperdrive after two crazy events happen in one day at school: the bomb squad blows up a backpack and someone smashes a car into the building.

      To make things worse, that someone thinks Stephen can identify them. Stephen receives a threatening text. If he goes to the police, his favourite dogs, Ping and Pong, will get hurt. The pressure mounts when his new best friend, Renée, begs for Stephen’s help. Her brother has been charged with the crimes and she wants to clear his name.

      Is it a mistake to give in to dognappers? How can he possibly save everybody? To find out, Stephen will have to count on all of his new friends.

      CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
      Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels. Her book Bringing up Beauty won the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award. Her books have been nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Young Adult Crime Book and the Rocky Mountain Award. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.
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        Books for Everybody submission


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        Book signing and giveaway at OLA 2017
        Launch event, Toronto
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        Advance Reading Copies available, enhanced quantity
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        Book hashtag: #MistakeMystery

        Author Website: www.sylviamcnicoll.com
        Author Twitter: @SylviaMcNicoll
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      CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) 2017, Commended
      Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2017 2017, Commended
      A doggone good mystery!
      As fun and frisky as the dogs that Stephen walks, and it’s refreshing to see both an affectionate father-son relationship and a sweet coed friendship represented so genuinely.
      A quick and enjoyable read...with amusing scenes and interesting characters. Well done!
      The Best Mistake Mystery is a fun and complex mystery that will keep readers curious until the end. Based on this first installment, The Great Mistake Mysteries promises to be a great new series.
      McNicoll has written a lot of good books; these two are another pair for that list.
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    Panama Pursuit The Shenanigans Series, Book Four Andreas Oertel Canada
    9781772030976 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / General Age (years) from 8 - 12 Publication Date:July 02, 2016
    $9.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.5 in | 200 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Wandering Fox
    • Marketing Copy


      “Oertel knows how to develop a scene for maximum humorous or scary effect.”—Kirkus Reviews

      When their friend is accused of stealing ancient artifacts, Cody, Eric, and Rachel spring into action. And this time, that action takes them far away from their sleepy town of Sultana and deep into the jungles of Panama! Can these smart thirteen-year-olds figure out who is pilfering crystal skulls, and why? Find out in this hair-raising installment of the fun-filled Shenanigans Series.


      Andreas Oertel was born in Germany and has lived most of his life in eastern Manitoba. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Shenanigans series, which has been nominated for several awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, and the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award. He has a lifelong passion for archaeology, history, and writing for young people. Learn more at andreasoertel.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Author to appear at Allard Library in St. George, MB (February 23); Edward Shreyer School in Beusejour, MB (March); and several other school and library visits across Manitoba through to May 2016, culminating in a book launch for Panama Pursuit (location to be announced). 
        • Advertising in ULS School Catalogue, BC BookWorld, Library Bound, ACP Top Grade, and Canadian Teacher
        • Press releases and digital ARCs to Quill & Quire, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and children’s book bloggers
        • Pitches to related children’s/writers’ festivals (including the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival, Word Vancouver, and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival)
        • Online marketing and promotion via Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and 49th Shelf, BC BooksOnline, Wandering Fox and HH website, author website (andreasoertel.com), and e-bulletins
        • School marketing through ERAC (Educational Resource Service for British Columbia, K-12), Alberta LitPicks for Teachers, Nova Scotia Department of Education, direct email campaign to Manitoba teacher-librarians, pitches to teacher-librarian conferences and book fairs

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for the Shenanigans series
      • "Lively action and plenty of dialogue make this volume as much fun to read as its two predecessors. Oertel knows how to develop a scene for maximum scary of humorous effect, and his three young protagonists come off as real kids with a penchant for adventure. Two latter-day Hardy boys and a Nancy Drew may just awaken the Indiana Jones in young readers and teach a bit of history at the same time." ---Kirkus Reviews 
      • "The three kids with their winning combination of physical daring do and savvy internet research manage a plausible line of reasoning that takes them to a solution to the mystery while involving them, and the reader, in an exciting adventure. This is a book which will appeal to both boys and girls and should keep the pages flipping to the very end where readers get a very strong promise of yet another adventure to come." ---CM Magazine
      • "A fun, engaging series for adventure and history buffs." ---Quill & Quire
      • "Pure fun...succeeds as a fast-paced adventure." ---Kirkus Reviews
      • "Kids with a soft spot for Indiana Jones-style adventure will eat up the book." ---Movie Entertainment 
      • "Oertel keeps the action moving while sprinkling the text with fascinating details." ---Montreal Review
      • "Oertel’s dialogue is clever, his characters are convincing, and there’s a good combination of historical information and fantasy." ---Winnipeg Free Press
      • "A fabulously fun series that...will appeal to boys and girls alike." ---The Literary Word
      • "Oertel’s dialogue is clever, his characters are attractive and convincing, and there is a good combination of historical information and fantasy." ---Winnipeg Free Press
      • "Besides enjoying a fast-paced adventure story, young readers will learn about the solstice, time travel, and ancient Cree culture in this volume that easily stands on its own." ---Kirkus Reviews

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    Series: Grim Hill
    The Family Secret Grim Hill, Book Four Linda DeMeulemeester Canada
    9781772031034 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / General Age (years) from 9 - 12 Publication Date:July 02, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.5 in | 200 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Wandering Fox
    • Marketing Copy


      “This is an essential purchase for school libraries…Rated E for Excellent.”—Resource Links

      In the fourth installment of the Grim Hill series, Cat, Clive, Jasper, and the rest of the crew are back, and everyone is buzzing about Darkmont High’s student exchange to Sweden. For Cat, it means hanging out with her friends in a foreign country, travelling without parents, and not having to keep an eye on her clingy kid sister. Even though Sookie’s magical meddling seems to be in check, Cat has been wishing for a break from the constant worry of living near Grim Hill. After all she’s been through, Cat has learned to be careful what she wishes for. In this spellbound town, nestled in the shadow of Grim Hill, wishes have a tendency to turn against you. But this time, she isn’t wishing for anything in this town; she is wishing to get out of it—that has to be safe, right?


      Linda DeMeulemeester is the author of the critically acclaimed Grim Hill series. The Secret of Grim Hill won the Silver Birch award in 2008. Her other books have been nominated or shortlisted for several awards, including the British Columbia Young Readers' Choice Red Cedar Award, the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Diamond Willow Award, and the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award. Also a teacher, DeMeulemeester enjoys sharing her lifelong love of reading with children.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Author to appear on children’s book panel at Vancouver Public Library (February 29); on multiple panels at the Creative Ink Festival in Vancouver (May 6 to 8); at a Grim Hill book event at the Richmond Public Library (September 23).
        • Advertising in ULS School Catalogue, BC BookWorld, Library Bound, ACP Top Grade, and Canadian Teacher
        • Press releases and digital ARCs to Quill & Quire, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and children’s book bloggers
        • Pitches to related children’s/writers’ festivals (including the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival, Word Vancouver, and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival)
        • Online marketing and promotion via Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and 49th Shelf, BC BooksOnline, Wandering Fox and HH website, author websites, and e-bulletins
        • School marketing through ERAC (Educational Resource Service for British Columbia, K-12), Alberta LitPicks for Teachers, Nova Scotia Department of Education, direct email campaign to BC teacher-librarians, pitches to teacher-librarian conferences and book fairs

    • Awards & Reviews

      [Refers to previous edition]
      • "A must-read for all those who have read the earlier books, as well as all fans of fantasy and adventure fiction. This is an essential purchase for school libraries ... Rated E for Excellent." ---Resource Links 
      • "The fascinating look at Sweden’s history and culture makes it an entertaining and worthwhile read." ---Kirkus Reviews
      • "DeMeulemeester does a fabulous job of starting the story off at a walloping pace ... Setting it in an alternate location such as Sweden is a welcome and exciting change, as DeMeulemeester further piques our interest with this intriguing, far-flung setting. Cat, once again, is a feisty, entertaining protagonist who is also highly empathetic as a typical girl of her age ... Sookie is a delicious character as she dances the line between sweet young girl and potential villain. DeMeulemeester does a lovely job of portraying this complexity, as well as the tenuous (but loving) relationship between the two sisters ... we simply want to devour more of this author’s highly readable and intriguing prose that she has a knack for creating and for which readers develop a further appetite. Next installment, please!" ---CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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