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    Too Young to Escape A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Canada, Van Ho Canada
    9781772780666 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:October 26, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 5.75 x 8 x 0.56 in | 0.32 kg | 152 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Pajama Press
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      During the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Van wakes up one morning to find that her mother, sister, Loan, and brother, Tuan, are gone. They have escaped the new communist regime that has taken over Ho Chi Minh City for freedom in the West. Four-year-old Van is too young—and her grandmother is too old—for such a dangerous journey by boat, so the two have been left behind. Once settled in North America, her parents will eventually be able to sponsor them, and Van and her grandmother will fly away to safety. But in the meantime, Van is forced to work hard to satisfy her aunt and uncle, who treat her like an unwelcome servant. And at school she must learn that calling attention to herself is a mistake, especially when the bully who has been tormenting her turns out to be the son of a military policeman.

      Van Ho's true story strikes at the heart and will resonate with so many families affected by war, where so many children are forced to live under or escape from repressive regimes.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award 2020, Winner
      Red Cedar Book Award: Information 2020, Winner
      NCTA Freeman Book Award: Young Adult/Middle School Literature Honorable Mention 2018, Runner-up
      USBBY Outstanding International Books List selection 2019, Commended
      ILA Notable Books for a Global Society selection 2019, Commended
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Award 2020, Short-listed
      Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens selection 2019, Commended
      CBC Books "The best Canadian YA and children's literature of 2018" selection 2018, Commended
      CBC Books "13 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for this fall" selection 2018, Commended
      CBC Books "12 Canadian books to commemorate Remembrance Day" selection 2018, Commended
      Junior Library Guild selection 2018, Commended

      Praise for Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family

      2020 Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award Winner

      2020 Red Cedar Book Award: Information Winner

      2018 NCTA Freeman Book Award: Young Adult/Middle School Literature Honorable Mention

      2019 USBBY Outstanding International Books List selection

      2019 ILA Notable Books for a Global Society selection

      2020 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award finalist

      2020 Hackmatack Award nominee

      2019 Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award shortlist

      2019 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

      2018 CBC Books "The best Canadian YA and children's literature of 2018" selection

      2018 CBC Books "13 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for this fall" selection

      2018 CBC Books "12 Canadian books to commemorate Remembrance Day" selection

      2018 Junior Library Guild selection

      ? STARRED REVIEW "The story is told from Van's childhood perspective, with age-appropriate vocabulary and emotional heft. But readers of all ages will be immediately drawn to the simple, direct narration....[T]he authors eschew sentimentality and sensationalism, creating a straightforward autobiography that is truthful about resilience and the often unpredictable ways children act and react."—Quill & Quire Starred Review

      "As a work of fragmented and painful memories from the time Van was between the ages of four and eight, the narrative is impressively credible, capturing her feelings of confused abandonment, visceral descriptions of her life in Ho Chi Minh City, and gradual adjustment to being separated from her immediate family. Also well integrated are the family's hardened cynicism towards the communist government and their determination to forge on despite poverty and corruption. Family photographs and appended interviews with both Van's parents add a particular poignancy to her narrative."—Booklist

      "With simple but engaging language, Skrypuch recounts Van Ho's true story of her lonely and hard life in Vietnam during the years she was separated from her family....This illuminating chapter book respects an often overlooked demographic, providing transitioning readers a truthful yet age-appropriate introduction to big issues that still affect people to this day."—Kirkus Reviews

      "A short and poignant narrative..."—The Horn Book Guide

      "[A]n extremely engaging account of a childhood in challenging circumstances....Too Young to Escape is a welcome reminder of the post-Vietnam War refugee crisis that saw Canada, France, the United States and Australia welcome strangers in need. Readers will appreciate hearing this personal story from a child's perspective....Van's story and those of her family members remain timeless as well as time-specific. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

      "[A] compelling story about the aftermath of war for children....Too Young to Escape offers a piercing firsthand account of the conflict in Vietnam, which continues to resonate in popular culture decades later. The book's plucky young protagonist adds a diverse voice to a literature that be necessary for today's readers."—Resource Links

      "The first-person narrative should hold readers riveted...The importance of family shines through this compelling memoir, and a series of color photographs adds to the emotional impact."—Youth Services Book Review

      "Anyone with an interest in Vietnamese history should read this book. I'd recommend this book because it's an interesting topic. This book was an emotional roller coaster, I loved it."—Sophia, Age 12, Kids Book Buzz

      "Readers will be impressed by Van Ho's respectful kindness towards her Ba Ngoai and her obedience to her aunt and uncle who, at great risk, have taken in many family members. Van's fortitude in dealing with being left behind, and making the best of her situation are evident in her story....Too Young To Escape is another excellent, well-written book by Canadian Ukrainian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch that brings to light recent history in a meaningful way..."—Libris Notes

      "This joint project between two Canadian authors gives readers a glimpse into the thoughts, feelings, and reactions of a child being left behind when her family becomes refugees. Interviews with her father and mother at the end of the book, as well as historical photographs, allows readers to better understand why a young child might be left behind and explains the sacrifice of every family member involved in immigration as refugees. A companion story of her brother's experience as a refugee, Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival, (2017) is told in picture book format and has been shortlisted for a number of awards. Both of these stories are important for both Canadian-born and foreign-born Canadians, to help young children develop a sense of identity and belonging as Canadians."—ASLC Litpicks

      "Van Ho, who lived this story, tells it through Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's pen of extraordinary writing which reflects both Van’s youthful point of view and her trauma. Her story is disquieting but it's also uplifting, focusing on Van's resilience."—CanLit for LittleCanadians

      "This story brings to life the situations and circumstances that the Vietnam refugees fled, and creates some understanding for young readers of the difficulties faced by them. The day to day reality of life in Vietnam for Van and her grandmother are shown in detail, and the photos included here allow the reader to connect with the young girl."—Canadian Bookworm

      "Skrypuch beautifully captured the perspective of a young child. The voice is simple and believable....At the end of the book are interviews with both Van Ho and her mother. This was a well-deployed device to allow the adult perspective, which would be unavailable to the young narrator at the time. By structuring the book this way, we're able to get a fuller picture of the family's experience while remaining true to the main character's voice and age in the story. I highly recommend this story of immigration for all middle grade readers."—Laura Lillibridge

      "The book was a great read. Growing up in Canada around the same time, it's hard to imagine how fast a child has to grow up in order to survive in other parts of the world. I have always been very grateful to live in this country and this book is another example of why."—Booktime

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    Be Prepared! The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything Frankie MacDonald Canada, Sarah Sawler Canada
    9781771085755 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 7 - 10 Publication Date:June 12, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 7 x 10 x 0.2 in | 184 gr | 48 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y Nimbus Publishing
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      Ever wonder where clouds come from? Or how meteorologists predict the weather? This brand new book, starring Nova Scotia's favourite weather reporter, Frankie MacDonald, and written by author Sarah Sawler, shares stories from Frankie's early years, along with facts about all things sunny, rainy, snowy, and stormy. Filled with pictures, graphics, and advice from Frankie himself, this book has everything you need to Be Prepared!

      Frankie MacDonald is a YouTube celebrity living in Sydney Nova Scotia. He's studied meteorology from an early age and shares his weather reports with more than 150,000 subscribers living all over the world. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, going to hockey games, and walking along the Sydney waterfront.

      Sarah Sawler is the author of 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia. She writes a monthly column for Atlantic Books Today called "Origin Stories," and her freelance work appears regularly in Halifax Magazine and Atlantic Business Magazine. She lives in Halifax with her partner, two children, one dog, one cat, and one bearded dragon.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Moonbeam Children's Book Award 2018, Winner
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards (English Non-fiction) 2020, Short-listed
      Yellow Cedar Award 2020, Short-listed
      "This book will have many fans in the classroom, as it covers a wide variety of topics. It may also help some students learn about autism, and bullying. Everyone can find a way to relate to frankie, and we can all learn something from this book" —Resource Links (Pouch Cove, NF)
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    Beavers Rachel Poliquin Canada, Nicholas John Frith
    9780544949874 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:December 04, 2018 Print Run:30000
    $26.99 CAD 7 x 10 x 0.6 in | 460 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      Beavers, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction Superhero Field Guide series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative, laugh-out-loud full-color look at the most unsuspecting of animal heroes, perfect for readers who like their facts served with a large dose of humor.

      Meet Elmer, an ordinary beaver. He may not be as mighty as a lion or as dangerous as a shark. He may be squat and brown. Butnever underestimate a beaver.
      I can almost hear you saying, “But aren’t beavers just lumpy rodents with buck teeth and funny flat tails?”
      Yes, they are! And believe it or not, those buck teeth and funny flat tails are just a few of the things that make beavers extraordinary.
      Humorous and engaging,Beaversis the first book in the new highly illustrated nonfiction Superpower Field Guide series, inspiring readers to laugh, think, and view the world around them with new eyes.
      Rachel Poliquin has a PhD in the history of science and has written about subjects including taxidermy, heroic sled dogs, and unruly beavers.

      Nicholas John Frith lives and works on the coast of Dorset, England. Like Elmer, he loves the great outdoors. His superpowers include Super Snoozing!
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        - starred review from Booklist
        - Canadian author, Rachel Poliquin lives in Vancouver
        - Kirkus review
        - School Library Journal review
        - launch event at Collage Collage on December 1
        - the first book in a four book nonfiction series

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      "Eager beavers who likewise find these redoubtable rodents 'utterly gobsmackable!' will find a chewy array of print and web resources to sink their teeth into at the end."--Booklist, STARRED review

      "Well worth the purchase."--Kirkus

      "Clear and friendly."--School Library Journal
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    Extreme Abilities Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them Galadriel Watson Canada, Cornelia Li Canada
    9781773212494 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 10, Grade (CAN) from 5, Grade (US) from 5, Reading age from 10 Publication Date:April 09, 2019
    $14.95 CAD 7.55 x 9.25 x 0.23 in | 250 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      These people did what?!

      Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery—a tour of the human body’s amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of, with examples from around the world and throughout history. Short sketches of famous individuals, such as Louis Cyr and Usain Bolt, mixed with stories about the amazing physical feats of others not-so-famous, draw readers in and bring these astounding abilities to life in vivid color. Each chapter also features a section on how young readers can work at improving their own skills (and a section on how not to get hurt in the process), plus bite-sized related fast facts and sidebars.

      Easy-to-follow explanations of anatomy, physics, and other sciences are enhanced by Cornelia Li’s energetic and engaging artwork, and photos throughout further help to illustrate the awesome displays of the human body at work.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


      Galadriel Watson has a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has written over 20 books and magazine articles for kids on all subjects, from eels to earthquakes. She lives with her family and pets in a small town in British Columbia, Canada.

      CORNELIA LI is a Chinese-born illustrator based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative weaved into daily interactions between people and their surroundings and sets out to capture this relationship by externalizing ideas and emotions into visual elements.

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        • Promotional partnerships with museums and science centers

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019, Joint winner
      Red Cedar Book Award 2020, Short-listed
      TD Summer Reading Club, Top 10 2020, Joint winner
      Yellow Cedar Award 2019, Nominated

      “Brief and entertaining.”

      “A jaw-droppingly well-researched, informative, and entertaining look at what makes us uniquely human.”

      “Entertaining and informative”

      “A great read for young readers who pore over Guiness World Record books and want more background on the records and feats found there . . . A popular choice for libraries.”

      “The research is admirable, the text is entertaining and informative and, at times, almost unbelievable.”

      “Part record book, part science, part trivia, part challenge in a smart, kid-friendly format . . . Author Galadriel Watson packs a ton of interesting information for young readers to devour, while illustrations by Cornelia Li make the chapters inviting.”

      “Will appeal to sports enthusiasts and others who enjoy competition.”

      “A fascinating journey of discovery.”

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    Follow Your Stuff Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You? Kevin Sylvester Canada, Michael Hlinka
    9781773212531 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 11 - 14, Grade (CAN) from 6, Grade (US) from 6, Reading age from 11 - 14 Publication Date:April 09, 2019
    $14.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.25 in | 370 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Get ready to go global!

      Our cellphones, our clothes, our food: All are everyday things we consider essential, but we seldom think of what and who is involved in making them and getting them into our hands. In Follow Your Stuff, award-winning children’s author Kevin Sylvester and business professor Michael Hlinka team up again, this time to tackle the dynamics of the global economy, examining the often-complex journey of ordinary goods from production right to our doorsteps.

      Using familiar examples, easy-to-follow charts and graphs, and a fun, accessible tone, Hlinka and Sylvester introduce young readers to concepts such as relative value and fair wages and how to think critically about our purchasing decisions. Sylvester’s lively illustrations add even more kid-appeal making this sequel to the critically acclaimed Follow Your Money the perfect introduction to socio-economics and an eye-opening essential read for young people.


      Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning children’s book author, illustrator, and a former sports broadcaster on CBC radio. His books for Annick include Basketballogy, Baseballogy, and Follow Your Money. He lives with his family in Toronto, Ontario.

      Michael Hlinka teaches college and university courses in Toronto and provides business commentary for CBC Radio.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2020, Joint winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019, Joint winner
      Yellow Cedar Award 2019, Nominated
      101 Great Books for Kids, Fuse 8 , School Library Journal 2019, Joint winner

      “Fun, clear, and accessible.”

      “A thought-provoking breakdown of the real cost of all our cheap stuff.”

      “Educational, thought-provoking and highly appealing, Follow Your Stuff is not only a must-read for young teens, but it would also be a valuable resource in a class on modern issues or consumerism.”

      “Highly readable . . . unique . . . This slim but thoughtful book is an excellent tool to expose students to the practical and ethical sides of economics.”

      “Provides an ideal starting place for a project and would appeal to students highly motivated to understand the origins of common items . . . Recommended for middle school collections.”

      It is eye-opening, and often startling . . . The References and Further Reading section is exceptional . . . Meant for teen consumers, but very informative for their parents and teachers as well.”

      “A breezy, straightforward style and jaunty drawings throughout make it a clear and speedy read.”

      “This book isn’t just good and isn’t just remarkably written, it’s doggone necessary for the 21st century!!”

      “Eye-opening and thought-provoking.”

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    Amazing Hockey Stories: Hayley Wickenheiser Lorna Schultz Nicholson Canada, D A Bishop Canada
    9781443163095 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 7 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 6 On Sale Date:August 28, 2018
    $9.99 CAD 6.03 x 9.04 x 0.2 in | 0.36 lb | 64 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      An exciting, behind-the scenes look at the achievements of the greatest women's hockey player of all time!

      Hayley Wickenheiser has had a long standout career, and this book explores everything it took for her to reach Olympic hockey gold four times!

      From her early days in small-town Saskatchewan, where she played on boys' teams because there weren't any teams for girls, to joining the Canadian Women's Team when she was just 15 years old, to being named MVP at both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic tournaments, this wonderful book gives all the details on her life and hardwon victories.

      Hayley's life is truly an Amazing Hockey Story, and this book is a true inspiration to any young sports fan!

      This new series features an action-packed format combining the excitement of full-colour comic book illustration segments with lively text and lots of photographs, including some never before seen.


      Lorna Schultz grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, and as a child loved to read, write and compete in all kinds of sports. She played defence on the St. Catharines girls AllStar hockey team (Go Jaycee Jets!) and was a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team. She is the respected author of many middle grade and YA novels, the Puckster picture book series and several nonfiction books about hockey. Lorna lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family. Visit her online at

      D.A. Bishop always wanted to make comics . . . and now he does! He was born in Montreal, grew up in Brampton and now resides in Pickering, Ontario. He has recently illustrated for the Chapterhouse series True Patriot Presents and writes and draws his own comic series, Of Stone. D.A. Bishop also enjoys oil painting and just hanging out with his wife and two kids. Visit him online at

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2019, Commended
      OLA Yellow Cedar Award, Non-Fiction 2019, Short-listed
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    Highrise The Towers in the World and the World in the Towers Katerina Cizek Canada, Kristy Woudstra
    9780228102151 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Science Age (years) from 13 - 17, Grade (US) from 8 - 12 Publication Date:September 20, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 9 x 11 x 0.19 in | 0.4 kg | 80 pages Carton Quantity:24 Firefly Books
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      Adapted from the Emmy-winning, multimedia interactive documentary of the same name, Highrise is an in-depth exploration of the world's highrises and the people who live inside them.

      From the multi-story dwellings of Ancient Rome to the soaring glass skyscrapers of today, humans have used highrises for thousands of years to house the poor, protect the rich and sometimes narrow the gap between the two. Highrise first examines the history of vertical living in a 20-page chapter on the origins, technological triumphs, social failures and future of the highrise. The book then invites young readers into homes around the world. Through the lens of the highrise, readers will learn about 10 cities and hear stories that capture what life is like in these diverse places.

      The cities featured in Highrise:

      • Ramallah, West Bank
      • Mumbai, India
      • Guangzhou, China
      • Chicago, USA
      • Tainan, Taiwan
      • Johannesburg, South Africa
      • Toronto, Canada
      • Amsterdam, Netherlands
      • Prague, Czech Republic
      • Sao Paulo, Brazil.

      In addition to being windows on different cultures and experiences, the stories from these cities cover important and, at times, challenging issues that residents must face -- from a young mother in the West Bank who cannot visit her parents in Gaza, to an LGBTQ activist in China who must hide her sexual orientation from her family. Highrise is a bold and unique volume that illuminates life on our urban planet like never before.

      National Film Board of Canada Collection In the tradition of the NFB's creative and innovative storytelling on film comes the National Film Board of Canada Collection: a series of celebrated animated films, documentary films and media projects adapted for the printed page.


      Katerina Cizek is the award-winning director of the multimedia documentary Highrise and a pioneer of digital documentaries. She teaches and presents around the world about her innovative approach to the documentary genre and is currently the Artistic Director of the Co-Creation Studio at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Documentary Lab.

      Kristy Woudstra is an award-winning Toronto-based writer and editor. She has traveled the world to cover stories in countries like Niger, Uganda, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico, and her writing has appeared in many Canadian publications including The Walrus, Canadian Living, Broadview and This.

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      Offers a fascinating glimpse into sky-high residential structures around the world, and the communities who live inside them... Senior elementary students will find an in-depth study of urban geography, as well as interviews with tenants that provide insight into community-based activism.
      Leading readers on a journey through 10 contemporary cities--Ramallah, Amsterdam, Toronto, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Tainan, Chicago, Prague, Guangzhou, and Sao Paulo--this book lays bare the rich, complex history behind the familiar fixture of urban and suburban high-rises... Color photographs enhance the narrative along with informative sidebars. Weaving together social and political history, information is framed in a lively manner that will help readers understand the social and environmental contexts of communities living in high-rises around the world. A fascinating introduction to the social world of vertical human settlements.
      HIGHRISE is an exceptional guided tour of sky reaching residential structures around the globe, adapted from the National Film Board of Canada's cutting-edge web documentary of the same name... The innovative interactive storytelling that distinguishes the online documentary translates well to print... The book's inviting, carefully constructed design opens the door to an in-depth study of urban geography.
      With a plethora of additional facts, trivia, and stunning photographs, this is an excellent source for research projects concerning human population growth and architecture advancement for middle and high school students.
      A very fine introduction to the history of highrise living around the globe... Highrise is an outstanding example of a nonfiction work adapted from an innovative documentary films project. In an increasingly urban world, Highrise provides glimpses into social living conditions of residents of vertical housing complexes in diverse cities. The people profiled may be first generation immigrants or descended from families with long roots in the area. All share a desire for safe, affordable living that allows human dignity. Highly Recommended.
      This book is tightly written, well illustrated, and packed with information. Text features to support the reader include fact boxes, charts, photographs, bold words, a glossary, and a timeline.
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    Hubots Real-World Robots Inspired by Humans Helaine Becker Canada, Alex Ries
    9781771387859 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:October 02, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 0.9 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Using increasingly sophisticated levels of artificial intelligence (AI) and embodied intelligence (EI), a new generation of robots is being designed to look, act and even think like humans. Hubots, or human-inspired robots, are expanding the boundaries of what robots can do. Here, ten different real-life hubots are described, highlighting each one's appearance, unique skills and purpose --- from fighting fires on the high seas, to acting as setup crew for space colonies, to providing companionship for the elderly. The book also includes an illustrated graph of the uncanny valley, which shows us what distinguishes a friendly robot from a creepy one, and back matter that provides a closer examination of some of the robots' physical components and looks to the future of these fascinating machines. The creators of the popular Zoobots bring to life the groundbreaking robotics technology that's changing the world. Award-winning author Helaine Becker uses short paragraphs and accessible vocabulary to present a book that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. Hyperrealistic illustrations by Alex Ries enhance the interest level of the material for children, especially those who love all things that are weird, unfamiliar and futuristic. Reference tools include a glossary and an index. This topic spans science, technology, inventions and engineering lessons. It also provides a terrific jumping-off point for classroom discussions about the larger societal issues surrounding these cutting-edge robots.
      Helaine Becker is the award-winning children's author of over seventy books, including Monster Science, Zoobots and The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Alex Ries is an illustrator and concept artist with a strong interest in real-world technology. He illustrated the award-winning children's book Zoobots. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Killer Style How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History Alison Matthews-David, Serah-Marie McMahon Canada, Gillian Wilson Canada
    9781771472531 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Clothing & Dress Age (years) from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 9.5 x 10 x 0.44 in | 516 gr | 48 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A fascinating look at the harmful history of fashion

      The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book looks back at the times people have suffered pain, injury, and worse, all in the name of style. Historical examples like the tragic “Radium Girl” watchmakers and mercury-poisoned “Mad Hatters,” along with more recent factory accidents, raise discussion of unsafe workplaces—where those who make the clothes are often fashion’s first victims.

      Co-authored by a scholar in the history of textiles and dress with the founder of WORN Fashion Journal, this book is equal parts fab and frightening: a stylishly illustrated mash-up of STEAM content, historical anecdotes, and chilling stories. Nonfiction features including sidebars, sources, an index, and a list of further reading will support critical literacy skills and digging
      deeper with research on this topic.
      Dr. Alison Matthews-David was trained at Stanford University and investigates the history of textiles and dress. She is an associate professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. This
      book is based on the research for her adult book Fashion Victims (Bloomsbury, 2015) and its related co-curated exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Her next project sleuths out the links between clothing and crime.

      Serah-Marie McMahon founded WORN Fashion Journal and edited The WORN Archive, published by Drawn & Quarterly. She sells and writes about children’s books in Toronto, Ontario.

      Gillian Wilson is a Canadian illustrator and printmaker with an affinity for cats and scary feelings. Her work has been featured in Frankie magazine and some of her clients include Today's Parent, Palm Bay Spritz, and Hamilton-based Grain + Grit Brewery.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      A Junior Library Guild Selection 2019, Commended
      Yellow Cedar Award Honour Book 2019, Commended
      Light Reads, Great Stories 2020, Commended
      110 best children's books of the year 2019, Commended
      Best Books for Kids and Teens (starred selection) 2019, Commended
      Best non-fiction books of the year for older readers 2019, Commended
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Information Book Award 2020, Short-listed
      Maine Student Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 2020, Winner
      “A fun, yet thoughtful look inside fashion perils past and present.”
      “Readers and report writers will not be disappointed.”
      “An engrossing choice for stout-hearted readers, whether fashion-forward or not.”
      "A fun way to remind youngsters to value their health and safety above their appearances."
      "For students interested in fashion and fashion history, this book is a must-read."
      "The macabre subject matter of Killer Style will appeal to almost every is both interesting and thought-provoking."
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    My River Cleaning up the LaHave River Stella Bowles Canada, Anne Laurel Carter Canada
    9781459505513 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 7 - 11, Grade (US) exact 3, Reading age from 8 - 9 Publication Date:September 25, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 7 x 9 x 0.5 in | 260 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Formac
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      Stella Bowles was a Grade 6 Nova Scotia student when she turned environmental activist to campaign against sewage pipes draining straight into the LaHave River. This is the inspirational first person account of Stella's Grade 6 science fair project which caught the eyes of the media, the public and government leaders propelling her into the limelight.

      Stella details her two and a half year fight to clean up the river, winning numerous awards for her environmental activism along the way. She succeeds in shaming three levels of government and rallying supporters into funding a $15.7 million cleanup. Today, she continues to campaign for cleaner water and demonstrates to other children how to test water quality in their own backyards, and how to take action if they find their water is polluted too.

      Stella's story will motivate readers to engage in local environmental activism. She demonstrates that doing what's right has no age barriers.


      ANNE LAUREL CARTER is an author. Her eighteen books have been inspired by something she felt needed telling, either from her experience, her children's or someone she'd met. She divides her year, writing and teaching, between Toronto and Nova Scotia where Anne is a neighbour of Stella Bowles.

      STELLA BOWLES has been presented with numerous awards for environmental activism, including being named one of Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2017. She is a 13 year old junior high school student living in Upper LaHave, Nova Scotia. She collaborated with author Anne Laurel Carter to put her story into book form.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards 2020, Short-listed
      OLA Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award 2020, Nominated
      "My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River, an impressive example of what can be accomplished, should be recommended to any young people who have identified a science-related issue that calls out for change."
      "Once readers get caught up in reading this book, they'll find it hard to put down. Stella's strong, lively voice and personality will pull readers into the story and will quickly win them over to her ambitious endeavor. The language and dialogue is kid-friendly and authentic."
      "My River is told with honesty, humility and the love of discovery. Teachers will want this book in their classrooms for its messages of empowerment, confidence and scientific application."
      "While My River does include some of the features of non-fiction ... it is the text of Stella Bowles's story of helping to put a stop to polluting practices on the LaHave River that carries the tale. It's the small steps in learning and discovery that make My River an exemplar of activism by young people with the message that, with perseverance and science, while looking in your own backyard, you can help change the world."
      "The collaboration started from a sign ... But it was that, that led Carter to the author of the sign, student activist/community scientist Stella Bowles. Carter attended presentations Bowles made about straight pipes taking household waste, or poop" as Bowles called it, into the river. Bowles' activism over the straight pipes is succeeding in cleaning up the LaHave River, through a tri-government program to replace the pipes with septic systems."
      "This is a fantastic story of a young activist who recognized a problem and worked hard to solve it. The title is filled with great photos of Stella working step-by-step to clean up the river ... A relatable tale for most environmental collections."
      "My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River is highly recommended for both school and public libraries ."

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