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<div>This collection, by noted historian and children's author Paul Yee, is based on the tumultuous and brave history of Chinese i...mmigrants to North America. Drawing on the real background of the Chinese role in the gold rush, the building of the railway and the settling of the west coast in the nineteenth century, Yee has created eight original stories that combine the rough-and-tumble adventure of frontier life with the rich folk traditions that these immigrants brought from China.<br>In "Spirits of the Railway," a young man appeases the ghosts of dead Chinese railroad workers who were never properly buried; in "Forbidden Fruit," a father's prejudice prevents his beloved daughter from finding happiness with a man of another race; in "Sons and Daughters," a wealthy merchant finds that his obsession to leave his business to sons has tragic results; and in "The Revenge of the Iron Chink," Chinese salmon cannery workers achieve sweet and shocking revenge after they lose their jobs to an automated canning machine.<br>These tales are funny, sad, romantic and earthy, but ultimately, as a collection, they reflect the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America. Accompanied by stunning and dramatic paintings by award-winning illustrator Simon Ng, this collection is a reminder of the important role the Chinese have played in the history of this continent.<br></DIV> Read More

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<div>Buddy does not know what is in the box that Meredith carries into the living room. But when the small, prickly creature says ...he is a pirate ? and that Buddy is a pirate too ? the two mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure. In this first book in the <i>Buddy and Earl</i> series, a dog who likes to play by the rules meets a hedgehog who knows no limits. Their friendship is tender and loyal, and their adventures are funny and imaginative. Maureen Fergus' text is witty and understated, and Carey Sookocheff's art emphasizes both the humor and the warmth of this odd and loveable animal couple. Coming in 2016 ? <i>Buddy and Earl Go Exploring</i> and <i>Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby</i>.</div> Read More

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<div>Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved <I>The Breadwinner</I...>. By reading the story of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know the plight of children in Afghanistan.<BR><BR>But what has happened to Afghanistan?s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out. She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now. They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism: "I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have — needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again."<BR>The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, the organization that is supported by royalties from <I>The Breadwinner Trilogy</I>. Parvana?s Fund provides grants towards education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.<BR><BR>All royalties from the sale of <I>Kids of Kabul</I> will also go to Women for Women in Afghanistan.<BR><BR>Aftermatter includes a map, glossary, a short history of Afghanistan and suggestions for further reading/resources.</DIV> Read More

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<div>On Israel?s West Bank, a cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house that has just been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. T...he house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. Should she help him? After all, she?s just a cat. Or is she? It turns out that this particular cat is not used to thinking about anyone but herself. She was once a regular North American girl who only had to deal with normal middle-school problems — staying under the teachers? radar, bullying her sister and the uncool kids at school, outsmarting her clueless parents. But that was before she died and came back to life as a cat, in a place with a whole different set of rules for survival. It's not long before the boy's teacher and classmates come looking for him, and the house is suddenly surrounded by Palestinian villagers throwing rocks, and the sound of Israeli tanks approaching. Not my business, thinks the cat. And then she suddenly understands what happened to the boy?s parents, and knows it's up to her to diffuse the situation. But what can a cat do?</div> Read More

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<div>When Holland was under Nazi rule, the Dutch lived extremely harsh lives. Thousands were in hiding, especially Jews who had ma...naged to escape transport to the death camps. Frans Braal and his wife Mies took in anyone in need of help — Jews, children whose parents could no longer look after them, resistance fighters, and people who were starving — providing them with a temporary home. Twice their place was searched by the Nazis, and on both occasions they managed to hide everyone in time. Told through the eyes of a child, this is the story of the Braals, two people who willingly put themselves in great danger in order to save the lives of those less fortunate. Throughout, sidebars provide further information about Dutch resistance workers and traitors, Dutch Jews, bombing missions, false identity cards, the war, and more. The book also gives a flavor of wartime Dutch culture — treats, children?s games, favorite books, and a visit from <I>Sinterklaas</I> are all relished by the young protagonist. A glossary is also included.</DIV> Read More

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<div>Charlie and his family are about to embark on another trip, to another out-of-the-way place off the beaten path. This time th...ey are heading to an island in Croatia ? an incredibly beautiful country that lives in the shadow of war and conflict. Even for a seasoned traveler like Charlie, Croatia is a very different experience: the language is unfamiliar and half the words have no vowels, goats are a traffic-calming device, and red cliffs loom like fortresses over an impossibly blue sea. Still, Charlie and his little brother, Max, manage to find adventure wherever they go. There?s cliff diving, pigs on spits, hair-raising ferry crossings and snake juice for breakfast. There?s a sober side to their adventures this time, too, as Charlie finds out that this area of the world has a long and troubled history. But he also discovers that you don?t need to speak the same language to communicate with people. Not when you?re having a party in a field, surrounded by goats and dancing in the glow of car headlights with the radio blaring out Croatian music. A warm, funny and thought-provoking book that celebrates a child?s love of adventure and boundless curiosity about the world.</div> Read More

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<div>This captivating collection is a condensed board book version of <I>Mother Goose: A Sampler,</I> first published in 1996 for ...the benefit of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, which uses Mother Goose rhymes to support parenting. Sixteen children?s illustrators donated artwork to the original collection; each was given free rein to respond to these age-old rhymes, with wonderful results. Artists include Kim LaFave, Philippe Béha, Barbara Reid, Mark Thuman, Gary Clement, Marie-Louise Gay, and Norman Cousineau interpreting such timeless favorites as “The Man in the Moon,? “Hey Diddle Diddle,? “The Moon Is Round,? “Over in the Meadow in the Sand in the Sun,? and others.</DIV> Read More

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<div>When Carolina Giddle moves into the Blatchford Arms, no one knows what to make of her sequin-sprinkled sneakers and her trink...et-crusted car. But the parents are happy there?s a new babysitter around, and Carolina seems to have an uncanny ability to calm the most rambunctious child with her ghostly stories. Armed with unusual snacks, candles to set the mood, and her trusty sidekick — a tarantula named Chiquita — Carolina entertains the children with some good old-fashioned storytelling and, at the end, a great Halloween party. Governor General?s Award winner Glen Huser brings his quirky sense of humor and horror to some time-honored motifs. Holy terror Angelo Bellini discovers that no one can throw a tantrum like a double-crossed pirate. Timid Hubert and Hetty Croop become inspired by the story of a boy who finds the perfect weapon for overcoming his fear of the dark. And Dwight and Dwayne Fergus, two would-be Freddy Kruegers, finally meet their match in Carolina's story of the footless skeleton. As for Carolina, it turns out she has a timeworn connection to the Blatchford Arms, and to the ghost who still haunts the building — especially its old-fashioned elevator.</div> Read More

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<div>In this beloved retelling of a legendary epic, young readers follow the adventures of Beowulf, Wiglaf, and Aelfhere, all of w...hom are endowed with a different magical ability. Far from a gift, their magic is actually a terrible burden. Beowulf?s superhuman strength makes him clumsy and even overpowers his own weapons. Aelfhere?s ability to read minds reveals disturbing truths. And Wiglaf?s life-like dreams foretell disaster. Welwyn Wilton Katz recounts the Beowulf legend from the point of view of Wiglaf, who hears about Beowulf?s many adventures: the seven-day swim in which he kills nine monsters, the battle in the mead hall with the wicked troll Grendel, the underwater struggle with the sea serpents, and the confrontation with Grendel's evil mother. Wiglaf doesn't just hear about adventure — he even participates in the final battle with a dragon. Laszlo Gal?s magnificent paintings, vividly reproduced in the pages of this rich book, are some of his finest work. Based on the art of the Vikings, they have the brilliant color and sinuous line of an illuminated manuscript.</DIV> Read More

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