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The Great Bear Sea: exploring the marine life of a pacific paradise

seaThe Great Bear Sea: exploring the marine life of a pacific paradise
Call #: J 578.770916433 McAl
by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read

Following up the success of their first two books about the Great Bear Rainforest, The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves, Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some of the planet’s mightiest and most beloved residents: whales, sea lions, dolphins, orcas, sea otters and wild salmon. Filled with spectacular images of this largely unknown part of the world, the book also explores the uncertain future of the Great Bear Sea in this age of climate change, overfishing, pipelines and oil tankers. Can a rainforest full of rare spirit bears, fishing wolves and great grizzlies survive without a Great Bear Sea to feed and nourish it?

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The Road to Afghanistan

roadThe Road to Afghanistan
Call #: J 355.00971 Gra
by Linda Granfield & Brian Deines

“A moving tribute to all the soldiers who have served with the Canadian Forces.
A young soldier just returned from Afghanistan has many memories: the beauty of the mountains and wildflowers, the colours of land and sky . . . but also the tragedy that war has brought to that ravaged country and those who fought there.

Memories shift to another soldier in the family — great-grandfather’s years in the trenches during WWI, and then grandfather’s tour of duty during WWII. The young soldier also remembers those who did not return alive, but travelled home along the Highway of Heroes, honoured by silent observers.

In this timely new book aimed at a younger audience than most, award-winning author and noted war historian Linda Granfield delivers a moving and honest portrayal of military service. Complemented by poignant, evocative artwork by acclaimed illustrator Brian Deines, this book is sure to provide insight and to inspire pride in families all across Canada.”

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Help your Kids with English: a step-by-step visual guide to grammar, punctuation and writing

englishHelp your Kids with English: a step-by-step visual guide to grammar, punctuation and writing
Call #: JPS 372.61 Hel

“The latest title in this popular series is a complete visual guide to helping children learn and understand English. Using clear, accessible pictures, diagrams this indispensable reference covers all key grammar areas as taught in Canadian schools. This helpful home resource also includes Canadian rules for punctuation, spelling and grammar. A must for every parent and frustrated student.

•Features over 600 images and artworks
•Includes Canadian expressions and idioms”

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Reporter in Disguise: the intrepid Vic Steinberg

reporterReporter in Disguise: the intrepid Vic Steinberg
Call #: J 070.92 Stein-W
by Christine Welldon

“Who was Vic Stein? A man who enjoyed a pint of beer at the rugby match? A young woman who worked behind the counter at a local department store? A seamstress in a sweatshop? Yes—she could be any and all of these characters, depending on the story she was chasing for her popular column in the Toronto News.

Over 100 years ago, Vic Stein was breaking ground. She was one of the New Women, a Bachelor Girl who pursued a career in investigative journalism— hardly the type of lifestyle for an upper-middle class young lady. But she had to be stealthy, secretive, and cunning if she wanted her scoop.

There are many details we do not know about this secretive and feisty journalist—we don’t even know her real name!—but one thing we know for sure: Vic Steinberg would be laughing if she knew that decades after her death, people are still wondering about her and trying to solve the puzzle that was her life.”

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Kate & Pippin: an unlikely love story

Kate & Pippin: an unlikely love story
Call #: J 636.73 Spr
by Martin Springett
photographs by Isobel Springett

“When Pippin, a fawn abandoned by her mother, cries out for help, she is found by author Isobel Springett. After carrying the tiny fawn back to her home, Isobel places Pippin next to Kate, a Great Dane who has never had puppies of her own.

What follows is a remarkable and unlikely friendship. Kate successfully raises Pippin to be an independent deer, and Pippin always returns from the forest to visit her best friend.

With simple text and stunning photographs, Kate and Pippin, and their one-of-a-kind friendship, come to life in an irresistible way!”

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Canadian Sports Sites for Kids

Canadian Sports Sites for Kids
Call #: J 917.10014 MacK
by Christopher MacKinnon

“In Canada, sports aren’t just entertainment; they’re literally part of the landscape. We’ve named everything from parks and streets to schools and stadiums after some of our favourite pro athletes and sports figures past and present.
Wayne Gretzky Drive, Mike Weir Park, Roberto Luongo Arena, the Cindy Klassen Centre, Justin Morneau Field — Canadian Sports Sites for Kids is your entertaining, map-filled guidebook to hundreds of these special locations. The fast-paced stories, maps, and lists highlight everything you need to know about Canada’s sports geography.
Plus, explore other little-known sites of interest, such as:
• The Canadian city that named a park after an arm-wrestling promoter
• The Ontario town that honoured a hockey fan with a place name
• The Prince Edward Island village where the biggest street is named for the writer of “The Hockey Song”
• The whereabouts of Canada’s only street named for a boxing champ.”

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Cryptic Canada: unsolved mysteries from coast to coast

Cryptic Canada: unsolved mysteries from coast to coast
Call #: J 971 Hyd
by Natalie Hyde
illustrated by Matt Hammill

“While Canada cannot lay claim to wonders like the Great Pyramid of Egypt, Stonehenge of England, or ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, Canada is by no means lacking for stories of intrigue and adventure. From buried treasure to ice mummies to bootleggers to shipwrecks, curious readers need look no further than Cryptic Canada to discover seven of this country’s most engaging unsolved mysteries.

Beginning with the ongoing hunt in Nova Scotia for the legendary treasure of Captain Kidd and his crew, moving to the discovery of the mummified Franklin Expedition in Nunavut by modern-day scientists, and ending with an exploration of the Great Lakes Triangle phenomenon (with several other exciting stories in between), this book has something for every adventurous reader.

Each chapter, bursting with illustrations by Matt Hammill and color photographs, ends with an interview with an expert in the field, who answers questions kids will be eager to ask after reading about each mysterious case.”

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Failed Hope: the story of the lost peace

Failed Hope: the story of the lost peace
Call #: J 909.822 Wil
by John Wilson

“Beginning with the Treaty of Versailles and the hope for the birth of a better world, Failed Hope follows the postwar rise of fascism, social unrest, Prohibition, the Great Depression, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, and the wars in Abyssinia, Spain, and China. The general strike in Winnipeg provides a Canadian perspective to the global labour turmoil of the period. The book ends with the failure of appeasement and the outbreak of the Second World War.

The information is presented in easily digestible segments, accompanied by photographs. Informative sidebars provide background information or connect world events to activities in Canada.

Failed Hope links with John Wilson’s two previous books, Desperate Glory and Bitter Ashes, covering the history of the 20th century from 1914 to 1945 and the effects of its world wars.”

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Roll On: Rick Hansen wheels around the world

Roll On: Rick Hansen wheels around the world
Call #: J 362.43092 Hanse-M
by Ainslie Manson
illustrated by Ron Lightburn

“As Rick Hansen wheels around the globe on his incredible Man in Motion World Tour, the children he meets are encouraged to dream their own dreams and work to make them come true. Readers also discover little-known facts about the great journey. They learn that Rick wheeled the equivalent of three marathons a day and went through 94 pairs of gloves. And they learn about the gift of a song that Rick and his team sang or hummed mile after mile. The lively text and enchanting illustrations combine to bring to life Rick’s amazing feat and the impact it has had on children everywhere. Roll On is an inspirational story for any child who has had to overcome a disability, has a friend or sibling who lives with a disability, or who has big dreams for life.”

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We are Canada

We are Canada
Call #: J 971 Sad
by Rikia Saddy

“What is Canada, and who are we as a people? What makes us unique and admirable in a world marked by ethnic tension, inequality, injustice, and intolerance? How has this land and its unique history formed us, and why do so many nations look to us with envy when they need to tackle a future of multiculturalism, diversity, transparency, innovation? Forget the Plains of Abraham and Social Studies 11 – Rikia Saddy presents our history as you’ve never heard it before. We Are Canada will change the way you see your country. We can’t be divided, and we can’t be conquered. We are Canada.”

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Tecumseh

Tecumseh
Call #: J 974.004973170092 Tecum-L
by James Laxer and Richard Rudnicki

“Two hundred years after his death, the Shawnee chief Tecumseh is still considered one of the greatest leaders of North America’s First Peoples. This richly illustrated biography tells the story of his remarkable life, culminating in the War of 1812. Tecumseh, born in 1768, lived during turbulent times: the thirteen colonies revolted against British rule, becoming the United States in 1776, and settlers had begun to push westward, rapidly encroaching on the traditional lands of the First Peoples. Tecumseh realized that unless the tribes came together to form a great confederacy, they would never be able to hold onto their land. And so he began to travel great distances, encouraging many tribes to join forces with him against the Americans. On June 18, 1812, the US declared war on Great Britain. Tecumseh sided with the British, hoping to create an independent native state north of the Ohio River. He developed a magnetic friendship with Brock, commander of the British troops, and together they took Fort Detroit. But shortly afterwards Brock was killed in the Battle of Queenston Heights. Tecumseh rallied those loyal to him and fought on relentlessly, but was killed in the Battle of Moraviantown in 1813. Tecumseh’s dreams were never fulfilled, but he remains a symbol of justice for the First Peoples of the Americas. Tecumseh will be published on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The book includes an epilogue, a timeline, a glossary and maps.”

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Hey Canada!

Hey Canada!
Call #: J 917.104 Bow
by Vivien Bowers
illustrated by Milan Pavlovic

“Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada! offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.

The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps (including provincial flags, birds, and flowers), in a lively, easily accessible format. Not only great fun to read, this is a valuable resource for young Canadians and for visitors across the country.”

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Snowmobile: Bombardier’s Dream Machine

Snowmobile: Bombardier’s Dream Machine
Call #: J 796.94 Old
by Jules Older
illustrated by Michael Lauritano

“In 1922, when Joseph-Armand Bambardier was fifteen years old he built his first snow vehicle. He had always loved to tinker with motors and make things go, and he dreamed of building a vehicle that could go over snow. His first attempt, using a Model T Ford engine and a wooden propeller, worked well. To Joseph-Armand’s mind, anyhow. Not so much his father, who made him take the contraption apart.

Over the years, Joseph-Armand dreamed of becoming a great mechanic and inventing machines. But when his young son died of a fever because it was impossible to get to the hospital over the snow-covered roads, Joseph-Armand applied his single-minded determination to building a vehicle that could go over snow. It took years, but he accomplished his goal. His invention changed the way people in snow country lived. Inaccessible roads could now be travelled, taking patients to hospitals, doctors and priests to the needy, children to school, and even mail to residents.

Today snowmobiles are mostly for recreation, but the impact that Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s dream invention has had is immeasurable.”

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Canada Recycles

Canada Recycles
Call #: J 363.72820971 Coo
by Peter Cook and Laura Suzuki

“What happens to your juice box once you’ve thrown it into the recycling bin? Is recycling the only thing we can do to help out the environment? Why is it so important to recycle?

Everyone knows that recycling our waste helps the environment, but do you know how? Canada Recycles looks at why people need to recycle and takes readers through the recycling process. It also discusses ways in which we can all start to make a difference — every little bit helps!”

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