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Perfect

Perfect

By Max Amato | ISBN 9780545829311
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | February 2019

In this funny and light-hearted picture book, a fussy eraser tries to keep the pages clean by erasing the scribbles of a mischievous pencil. But before long, the eraser discovers what can happen when two opposing forces come together to have fun. With humor and a keen eye for play, Max Amato crafts a delightful story that reveals the joys of collaborative imagination.

Cheerful Chick

Cheerful Chick

By Martha Brockenbrough| Brian Won | ISBN 9781338134186
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | January 2019

Right from the moment Chick is born, she wants to lead the other animals in cheer! Unfortunately, the rest of the barnyard just isn't quiiiite as enthusiastic. Lucky for little Chick she has a whole squad of siblings who are backing her up (even when she doesn't realize it)!

Squirrel's Family Tree

Squirrel's Family Tree

By Beth Ferry | A N Kang | ISBN 9781338187366
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | February 2019

With masterful illustrations by Papillon illustrator A. N. Kang and delightful, sweet rhymes by New York Times bestseller Beth Ferry, this read-aloud masterpiece about the beauty of nature and the intricate relationships that make it flourish is sure to become an instant classic.

The Very Impatient Caterpillar

The Very Impatient Caterpillar

By Ross Burach | ISBN 9781338289411
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | March 2019

When a group of caterpillars scamper up a tree to metamorphosize, one of them is still learning about this whole transformation thing.Who knew that with a little time, and patience, he could become a beautiful butterfly? But the two-week wait inside his chrysalis feels interminable. ("Can I get a comic book?" "What if I need the bathroom?" "Anyone want to play a game?"). His fellow caterpillars all tell him to be patient and let nature take its course, but the waiting is just so hard. Can he do it??

Felipe and Claudette

Felipe and Claudette

By Mark Teague | ISBN 9780545914321
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | April 2019

Each adoption day, all of the pets at Mrs. Barrett's adoption shelter are sure to look their best. And each adoption day, all of the pets are adopted, except for two — Felipe (a grumpy cat) and Claudette (a rambunctious dog). Felipe is always grumbling. He is sure they are not being adopted because of Claudette. Claudette is messy and noisy and always has food on her nose and mud on her fur. They will never find a forever home when Claudette is always making such a bad impression. But then, one of the two friends is adopted and taken to a new home. When they are apart, Felipe is no longer quite so talkative. And Claudette doesn't bark or chew or play in circles. Could Felipe and Claudette actually miss each other?

Maybe Tomorrow?

Maybe Tomorrow?

By Charlotte Agell | Ana Ramirez | ISBN 9781338214888
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | April 2019

This tender exploration of loss uses a block as a metaphor for grief and illuminates how kindness and friendship can lift our spirits, help us heal, and see us through many tomorrows. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced loss, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to a friend moving away, or the transition to a new home or family situation.

Say Something!

Say Something! Canadian

By Peter H Reynolds | ISBN 9780545865036
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | March 2019

Perfect for budding activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are . . . what you are thinking . . . and what you believe. And how you’ll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!

Bear for Breakfast / Makwa kidji kijebà wìsiniyàn

Bear for Breakfast / Makwa kidji kijebà wìsiniyàn  Canadian

By Robert Munsch | Jay Odjick | ISBN 9781443175111
Ages 3-8 | Picture Books | February 2019

It’s breakfast time and Donovan knows exactly what he wants this morning! Not eggs, not pancakes, not cereal. No, what he wants is BEAR, just like his grandfather used to eat for breakfast! This bilingual edition includes both the original English text and an Anishinàbemowin translation.

The Light Jar

The Light Jar

By Lisa Thompson | ISBN 9781338216301
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | February 2019

Nate and his mother are running away. Fleeing from an emotionally abusive situation, they hide out in an abandoned cottage in the middle of a forest. Then Nate's mother heads off for groceries and doesn't return. The Light Jar is a captivating story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship, and finding the light within, even in the darkest of times.

Tin

Tin

By Padraig Kenny | ISBN 9781338277555
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | April 2019

In an alternative England of the 1930s where the laws of mechanics govern even the most talented engineers, a mismatched group of mechanicals want nothing more than to feel human. Under the guardianship of the devious and unlicensed Gregory Absalom, an engineer who creates mechanical children, they have no choice but to help him in his unlawful practice. But through his unethical work, Absalom winds up creating a loyal and lively group of friends who will go to the ends of the Earth for one another.

Focused

Focused

By Alyson Gerber | ISBN 9781338185973
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | April 2019

Following Braced, which had three starred reviews, comes a story of a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD.

Because of the Rabbit

Because of the Rabbit

By Cynthia Lord | ISBN 9780545914246
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | April 2019

Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. But things don't go as planned. On the first day of school, she's paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can't stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he's obsessed with animals. Jack doesn't fit in, and Emma's worried he'll make her stand out. Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she's meant to have?

Tree of Dreams

Tree of Dreams

By Laura Resau | ISBN 9780545800884
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | April 2019

Prepare for a journey into a world filled with what so many crave — the sweet savoring of a chocolate drop. A drop that can melt even the most troubled realities. But in this nuanced, heartrending story, before good can emerge, there is destruction, the bombarding of a people, their culture, heritage, sacred beliefs, and the very soul that drives their traditions. This urgent, beautiful novel takes readers into the ugly realities that surround the destruction of the Amazon rain forest and its people.

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

By Natalie Lloyd | ISBN 9781338118490
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | April 2019

Twelve-year-old Mallie knows better than to dream. In Coal Top, you live the story you’re given: boys toil in the mines and girls work as servants. Mallie can’t bear the idea of that kind of life, but her family is counting on her wages to survive. It wasn’t always this way. Before the Dust came, the people of Coal Top could weave starlight into cloth. They’d wear these dreaming clothes to sleep and wake up with the courage to seek adventure . . . or the peace to heal a broken heart. But now nothing can penetrate Coal Top’s blanket of sorrow.

Tyme #3: Transformed: The Perils of the Frog Prince

Tyme #3: Transformed: The Perils of the Frog Prince

By Megan Morrison | ISBN 9781338113921
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | April 2019

Syrah Huanui is a frog. He wasn't always one—once he was a Prince of the Olive Isles, a champion launchball player, a beloved favorite of all.Or so he thought! After accidentally (OK, intentionally) letting a love letter from the cloying Deli Gourd get published for everyone to read, his fed-up family kicks him out. And an unfortunate encounter with a Wishing Well leaves him trapped in the body of a frog, with no hope of transforming back.

The Almost Epic Squad: What Blows Up

The Almost Epic Squad: What Blows Up Canadian

By Ted Staunton | ISBN 9781443157827
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | January 2019

Thirteen-year-old Gary Lundborg often knows all the right moves, but in the middle of an epic growth spurt, his execution is more disastrous than dazzling these days. Can he master his new powers and become the basketball star he wants to be? Well, first he must save the world!

Stand on the Sky

Stand on the Sky  Canadian

By Erin Bow | ISBN 9781443163798
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade | March 2019

It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family's leader, but his life too.

Cicada

Cicada

By Shaun Tan | ISBN 9781338298390
Ages 7 and up | Young Adult Picture Book | February 2019

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he's given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.

That's Not What I Heard

That's Not What I Heard

By Stephanie Kate Strohm | ISBN 9781338281811
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | February 2019

A new novel about what happens when a rumour about a breakup is more interesting than the truth!

The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens

By Bill Konigsberg | ISBN 9781338215502
Ages 14 and up | Young Adult | February 2019

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk — to get the thing they want the most.

Spin

Spin

By Lamar Giles | ISBN 9781338219210
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | February 2019

Sixteen-year-old Paris Secord's (aka DJ ParSec) career—and life—has come to an untimely end, and the local music scene is reeling. No one is feeling the pain more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and Paris's chief groupie, Fuse. But suspicion trumps grief, and since each suspects the other of Paris's murder, they're locked in a high-stakes game of public accusations and sabotage.

Mike

Mike

By Andrew Norriss | ISBN 9781338285369
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | March 2019

MEET FLOYD. He's a tennis star. Possibly good enough to win Wimbledon one day. MEET MIKE. He's . . . different. Apart from anything else, Floyd seems to be the only one who can see him. But Mike must have appeared for a reason. And finding out why is perhaps the most important thing Floyd will ever do . . .

Last of Her Name

Last of Her Name

By Jessica Khoury | ISBN 9781338243369
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | March 2019

Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered—down to their youngest child, Princess Anya—and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn't think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol. That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia's sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.

Tell Me Everything

Tell Me Everything

By Sarah Enni | ISBN 9781338139150
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | March 2019

Social media meets Amélie in this perfect romantic comedy from debut YA author Sarah Enni!

Dear Ally

Dear Ally

By Ally Carter | ISBN 9781338212273
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | April 2019
Dear Ally (Library Edition)
By Ally Carter| ISBN 9781338212266

In this book consisting of real writing questions from real teens, in-depth answers in Ally's voice, and occasional, brief answers from guest authors, Ally Carter gives teens the definitive how-to guide on writing their first novel.

Brawler

Brawler

By Neil Connelly | ISBN 9781338157758
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | April 2019

Eddie MacIntyre is a very promising wrestler. His future is bright with scholarship offers and the dream of helping his struggling mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his famous rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. In an instant, Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build since his abusive father was locked up years ago. Facing arrest, Mac runs away to another town, where he is taken in by a shady promoter who has followed his career. He recruits Mac into Brawlers, an illegal underground fighting ring run by a gangland boss. This is a bloodsport that has no rules . . . but offers plenty of reward.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

By Sabina Khan | ISBN 9781338227017
Ages 14 and up | Young Adult | February 2019

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents' expectations, but lately she's finding that impossible to do. She rolls her eyes when they blatantly favor her brother and saves her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don't know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech. But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana's plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated and decide to whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Through reading her grandmother's old diary, Rukhsana gains some much-needed perspective and realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love without losing the connection to her family as a consequence.

Titanosaur

Titanosaur

By Diego Pol | ISBN 9781338207392
Ages 5-7 | Non-Fiction | March 2019

This book tells the story of the discovery of this new dinosaur from the mouths of the paleontologists who led the dig! From its discovery by a local herder, to the organization and completion of the excavation, this riveting story will have readers on the edge of their seats, and the beautifully painted illustrations will mesmerize. The final spread will open up into a gatefold showing a photograph of the full Titanosaur skeleton on display at the museum. Chock-full of back matter like a glossary and extra information and photographs from the dig.

The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

By Robert M. Edsel | ISBN 9781338251197
Ages 9-12 | Non-Fiction | January 2019

As the most destructive war in history ravaged Europe, many of the world's most cherished cultural objects were in harm's way. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History recounts the astonishing true story of eleven men and one woman who risked their lives amidst the bloodshed of World War II to preserve churches, libraries, monuments, and works of art that for centuries defined the heritage of Western civilization.

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat  Canadian

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Mike Deas | ISBN 9781443163910
Ages 6-10 | Non-Fiction | January 2019

On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in a record-breaking four minutes, forty-six seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage.

Fierce: Women Who Shaped Canada

Fierce: Women Who Shaped Canada  Canadian

By Lisa Dalrymple | Willow Dawson | ISBN 9781443175104
Ages 9-12 | Non-Fiction | February 2019

Celebrate the accomplishments and heroics of the overlooked heroes of Canadian history, with inspiring tales of ten women who were integral to our national legacy, and whose stories have not been told . . . until now! It’s time to hear the stories of Marguerite de la Roque, Thanadelthur, Catherine Schubert, Charlotte Small, Alice Freeman (AKA Faith Fenton), Lucile Hunter, Ada Annie Jordan (AKA Cougar Annie), Victoria Cheung, Mona Parsons, and Joan Bamford Fletcher!

The Lady is a Spy

The Lady is a Spy

By Don Mitchell | ISBN 9780545936125
Ages 12 and up | Non-Fiction | March 2019

In a country divided by freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. An ordinary woman from Baltimore, Maryland, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for both the British Office of Strategic Services and the US Office of Strategic Services. Working as a spy in the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, assisting in Nazi sabotage, and rescuing downed Allies. She passed in plain sight of the enemy and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and escapes. Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

By Henry Louis Gates Jr | Tonya Bolden | ISBN 9781338262049
Ages 9-12 | Non-Fiction | February 2019

A stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction’s noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new “color line” in the Jim Crow era that followed.

Narval et Gelato

Narval et Gelato

By Ben Clanton | ISBN 9781443173513
Ages 6-9 | French | January 2019

Narval et Gelato sont de retour, et Narval a une nouvelle obsession : le beurre d'arachide! Il est tellement obsédé qu'il souhaite changer son nom pour s'appeler… eh oui, vous l'aurez deviné… Beurre d'arachide! Toujours aussi raisonnable, Gelato n'est pas certain que ce soit une bonne idée, mais il apprécie le fait que Narval essaie au moins de nouvelles choses (au lieu de manger des gaufres tout le temps!).

Dans le troisième livre de cette série à succès, Narval la licorne de mer et Gelato la méduse sont les vedettes de trois histoires courtes qui encouragent les nouvelles expériences et l'acceptation de soi.

Narwhal and Gelato are back and Narwhal has a new obsession… peanut butter! He’s so obsessed he even wants to change his name to… that’s right… Peanut Butter! Ever-sensible Gelato isn’t so sure that’s the best idea, but is all for Narwhal trying new things (instead of just eating waffles all the time, no matter how delicious waffles are).

In this third book, Narwhal and Gelato star in three new stories about trying new things, favourite foods, and accepting who they are. Always funny and never didactic, this underwater duo charms again through their powerful combination of positive thinking, imagination and joyfulness.

Original title: A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Quand javais huit ans

Quand javais huit ans  Canadian

By Christy Jordan-Fenton | Margaret Pokiak-Fenton | Gabrielle Grimard | ISBN 9781443174107
Ages 6 and up | French | February 2019

Une adaptation du roman à succès Les bas du pensionnat pour les lecteurs débutants! Olemaun a huit ans et elle sait beaucoup de choses. Mais elle ne sait pas lire. Faisant fi des avertissements de son père, elle effectue un long voyage pour aller à l'école des étrangers. Au pensionnat, les religieuses lui retirent son nom. Elles rasent ses cheveux et la forcent à faire des tâches ménagères, mais Olemaun demeure imperturbable. Sa ténacité attire l'attention d'une religieuse vêtue d'une longue robe noire, qui tente de briser son esprit à la moindre occasion. Mais Olemaun est plus déterminée que jamais à apprendre à lire.

Basé sur la vraie histoire de Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, cet album rend le roman à succès Les bas du pensionnat accessible aux lecteurs plus jeunes. Maintenant, eux aussi peuvent faire la rencontre de cette jeune fille remarquable qui nous rappelle tout le pouvoir que l'on détient quand on sait lire.

Bestselling memoir Les bas du pensionnat (Fatty Legs) for younger readers. Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. Ignoring her father's warnings, she travels far from her Arctic home to the outsiders’ school to learn. The nuns at the school call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do menial chores, but she remains undaunted. Her tenacity draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But the young girl is more determined than ever to learn how to read.

Original title: When I Was Eight

Illustrations from Fox and Squirrel Help Out © 2018 by Ruth Ohi. All rights reserved.