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Totem

by Jennifer Maruno Dundurn (July 19, 2014)

As an orphaned white boy in a school of Native students, 14-year-old Jonny Joe isn't like the others at the island Redemption Residential School. After an escape attempt, Jonny and Ernie hide out in a mountain...


Muslim Child

by Rukhsana Khan & Patty Gallinger Napoleon and Co (November 01, 2001)

Muslim Child is a collection of short stories, poems and prose that examines the world through the eyes of Muslim children. Each story represents a tenet of Islam in a way which is both entertaining and enlightening....


Toronto ABC

by Paul Covello HarperCollins (October 14, 2014)

A is for Annex, B is for Blue Jays …

Explore Toronto’s best known landmarks and neighbourhoods in this eye-catching book for the very young. From Casa Loma to High Park to the CN Tower, this alphabetical...


Red Wolf

by Jennifer Dance Dundurn (January 20, 2014)

This novel tells the story of Red Wolf, a young First Nations boy forced to move into a residential school and assume a new identity. Paralleling his story is that of Crooked Ear, an orphaned wolf pup he has...


I Am Algonquin: An Algonquin Quest Novel

by Rick Revelle Dundurn (November 18, 2013)

This novel follows the story of a warrior named Mahingan and his family as they live the traditional Algonquin way of life long before Europeans arrived in North America. Hunting and warfare are daily concerns,...


Warbird

by Jennifer Maruno Napoleon and Co (September 01, 2010)

In 1647, ten-year-old Etienne yearns for a life of adventure. He meets an orphan destined for Fort Sainte-Marie. Making the most impulsive decision of his life, Etienne replaces the orphan and paddles off with...


Trial By Fire

by Sheila Dalton Napoleon and Co (November 01, 1998)

Raised by a white mother and never having known his native father, Nathan must cope with prejudice and stereotypes. When he meets Sally, he finds someone who believes in him. But when Sally's house torched by...


Broken Circle

by Christopher Dinsdale Napoleon and Co (August 01, 2004)

Jesse, a twelve-year-old boy of Native American descent, grudgingly follows through with his deceased father's request that he join his uncle on a special camping trip. During their first night around the campfire,...


Stolen Away

by Christopher Dinsdale Napoleon and Co (November 01, 2006)

Keira, kidnapped from Ireland by Vikings, is a slave living in legendary Vinland. Two native bands, the Beothuck and the Thule, are also fighting over the land, thrusting the Norsemen into war. While the Vikings...


Canadian Sabotage (Countdown to Danger)

by Jeff Szpirglas Scholastic Canada (June 02, 2020)

30 minutes. 30 dangerous paths. YOU choose the path to survive!

Readers choose their own path as they dodge obstacles like giant sea monsters, double-crossing villains, hungry great white sharks . . . and maybe...


Canadian Survival (Countdown to Danger)

by Jeff Szpirglas Scholastic Canada (June 01, 2018)

30 dangerous paths. 30 minutes to escape. YOU choose the path to survive!

Back with even more danger and daring, and a dash of fun, this fourth installment of the choose-your-own-path series features serious...


Dear Canada: These Are My Words

by Ruby Slipperjack Scholastic Canada (September 01, 2016)

Acclaimed author Ruby Slipperjack delivers a haunting novel about a 12-year-old girl?s experience at a residential school in 1966.

Violet Pesheens is struggling to adjust to her new life at residential school....


Outcasts of River Falls

by Jacqueline Guest Coteau Books for Kids (April 04, 2012)

A shock is in store for well-bred young Toronto lady Kathryn when she travels to Alberta to live with her aunt.

After the death of her father, Kathryn must go to live with her Aunt Belle in Alberta in 1901. Arriving...


Tunnels of Treachery

by Mary Harelkin Bishop Coteau Books (January 01, 2003)

In this new thriller in the exciting "Moose Jaw Adventure" series from best-selling writer Mary Harelkin Bishop, Andrea Talbot takes an unwilling third trip to the spooky tunnels under Moose Jaw and uncovers...


Tunnels of Tyranny

by Mary Harelkin Bishop Coteau Books (January 01, 2005)

Andrea Talbot and her brother Tony take one more trip through time - to find their grandfather's long-lost notebook and to help keep the Ku Klux Klan from taking root in Moose Jaw. Andrea and Tony have no plans...


The Comic Book War

by Jacqueline Guest Coteau Books (April 15, 2014)

It's 1943 and World War II is raging. 15-year-old Robert Tourond is home in Calgary, but his three brothers are all fighting the Nazis. Robert follows the exploits of his favourite comic book heroes who also...


Fight for Justice

by Lori Saigeon Coteau Books (January 01, 2009)

A visit to his beloved grandfather helps give Justice some ideas about bullying and how he might deal with it. When Trey bullies him and also attacks Charity, Justice can't understand why. He's afraid to tell...


Ice Storm

by Penny Draper Coteau Books for Kids (August 01, 2011)

Twelve-year-old cousins Alice and Sophie are a study in contrasts. Alice is tall and athletic with brunette hair, she lives in Montreal with just her dad, and she's a figure skater with a lot of talent and a...


Day of the Cyclone

by Penny Draper Coteau Books for Kids (April 04, 2012)

Ella is surprised by her birthday gift from her father: a Brownie camera and the advice to seek pictures of things that ?don?t belong?. This is how Ella first notices Billy, a boy at her school. They become...


Little Voice

by Ruby Slipperjack Coteau Books (January 01, 2001)

Eleven-year-old Ray feels like a misfit at school and in her family. Things have been hard for her family since her father's accidental death in a logging accident, and Ray has been unable to express her grief....


Andrei and the Snow Walker

by Larry Warwaruk Coteau Books (January 01, 2002)

Andrei and his family leave Ukraine for a homestead near Batoche, Saskatchewan, in the spring of 1900. Andrei's grandfather brings with them an ancient Scythian bowl an old hermit gave him - a strange, glowing...


Full Steam to Canada

by Anne Patton Coteau Books for Kids (August 01, 2011)

Dorothy Bolton and her family are making ends meet in Britain in 1903, but the growing number of stories about vast expanses of fertile, free land have definitely caught the eye of her father and her brother....


Tunnels of Terror

by Mary Harelkin Bishop Coteau Books (January 01, 2001)

Fourteen-year-old Andrea once again travels back in time to uncover the secrets of an unsuspecting theft ring in the mysterious tunnels of Moose Jaw this time with her brother in tow. Andrea would like to forget...


Tunnels of Time

by Mary Harelkin Bishop Coteau Books (January 01, 2000)

A wild looking-glass trip through time, from present-day Moose Jaw to the past of Prohibition and gangsters and the mysterious underground tunnels. Thirteen-year-old Andrea Talbot doesn't want to go to Moose...


Through Flood & Fire

by Anne Patton Coteau Books (August 01, 2015)

Dorothy?s father has always dreamed of having his own farm. So, with the help of Dorothy, her family, and a community that comes together despite their different backgrounds, the Boltons set out with their wagons,...


Seven Sacred Teachings

by David Bouchard, Joseph Martin & Kristy Cameron Crow Cottage Publishing (June 10, 2016)

The Seven Sacred Teachings is a message of traditional values and hope for the future. The Teachings are universal to most First Nation peoples. These Teachings are aboriginal communities from coast to coast....


Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers

by David Bouchard & Kristy Cameron Crow Cottage Publishing (June 18, 2016)

Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers, the sequel to the Seven Sacred Teachings, warns of voices we can expect to hear in our dreamtime ? voices that do not represent the Sacred Teachings. These are the voices...


Beneath Raven Moon

by David Bouchard & Andy Everson Crow Cottage Publishing (January 19, 2016)

There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What...


I am Raven

by David Bouchard & Andy Everson Crow Cottage Publishing (December 10, 2015)

I am often asked how a person comes to know their totem. When I am, I answer by asking this question: "If at night, before you close your eyes to travel to your dream time, if then you picture one of your wild...


The Salmon Twins

by Caroll Simpson Heritage House (August 12, 2012)

In her third book inspired by First Nations? stories, children?s author and illustrator Caroll Simpson explains the significance of community values. She introduces readers to a world of creatures like Sea Lion,...


Chaos in Halifax

by Cathy Beveridge Ronsdale Press (August 21, 2004)

Twelve-year-old Jolene is determined to find independence from her brother, Michael, during a family trip to research the Halifax explosion of 1917 for her father's Museum of Disasters. When her grandfather...


Way Lies North, The

by Jean Rae Baxter Ronsdale Press (September 01, 2007)

This young adult historical novel focuses on Charlotte and her family, Loyalists who are forced to flee their home in the Mohawk Valley as a result of the violence of the ?Sons of Liberty? during the American...


Freedom Bound

by Jean Rae Baxter Ronsdale Press (September 01, 2012)

In this, the final instalment of Jean Rae Baxter's best-selling young adult trilogy, eighteen-year-old Charlotte sails from Canada to Charleston in the beleaguered Thirteen Colonies to join her new husband Nick....


Winds of L’Acadie

by Lois Donovan Ronsdale Press (March 01, 2007)

When sixteen-year-old Sarah from Toronto learns that she is to spend the summer with her grandparents in Nova Scotia, she is convinced that it will be the most tedious summer ever. She gets off to a rough start...


Hannah & the Salish Sea

by Carol Anne Shaw Ronsdale Press (March 01, 2013)

In the second volume of her Hannah trilogy, summer has arrived, and fourteen-year-old Hannah Anderson is excited about spending it with Max (who has been giving her stomach butterflies lately). But things are...


Broken Trail

by Jean Rae Baxter Ronsdale Press (March 01, 2011)

Broken Trail is the story a thirteen-year-old white boy, the son of United Empire Loyalists, who has been captured and adopted by the Oneida people. Striving to find his vision oki that will guide him in his...


Hannah & the Spindle Whorl

by Carol Anne Shaw Ronsdale Press (September 01, 2010)

When twelve-year-old Hannah uncovers an ancient Salish spindle whorl hidden in a cave near her home in Cowichan Bay, she is transported back to a village called Tl'ulpalus, in a time before Europeans had settled...


The Littlest Sled Dog

by Michael Kusugak & Vladyana Krykorka Orca Book Publishers (October 01, 2008)

Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face...


Who's in Maxine's Tree

by Diane Léger & Darlene Gait Orca Book Publishers (March 01, 2006)

Maxine loves her giant tree in the Walbran Valley, but as she gazes at clearcuts from the car window, she worries. What if her tree is gone? Her family and friends trek through the old growth forest, and Maxine...


Soapstone Signs

by Jeff Pinkney Orca Book Publishers (November 01, 2014)

One spring, a nine-year-old Cree boy is visited by a master soapstone carver named Lindy, who gives him four pieces of soapstone. The primary secret to carving, the boy learns, is recognizing that each piece...


Catching Spring

by Sylvia Olsen Orca Book Publishers (April 01, 2004)

The year is 1957, and Bobby lives on the Tsartlip First Nation reserve on Vancouver Island where his family has lived for generations and generations. He loves his weekend job at the nearby marina. He loves...


Jessie's Island

by Sheryl McFarlane & Sheena Lott Orca Book Publishers (December 07, 2012)

With a long list of activities and events to attend, cousin Thomas paints a picture of city life that makes Jessie?s world seem a little dull in comparison. When her mother suggests they invite Thomas to visit...


The Big Snapper

by Katherine Holubitsky Orca Book Publishers (September 01, 2006)

Ten-year-old Eddie lives with his mom and grandparents in a small cabin on the Queen Charlotte Islands. A year earlier, Eddie's dad took the ferry to the mainland and never returned. Eddie loves going fishing...


Alibi

by Kristin Butcher Orca Book Publishers (October 01, 2014)

Fifteen-year-old Christine is visiting her eccentric great-aunt in historic Witcombe, where a pickpocket has been victimizing tourists. Aunt Maude owns an antique store and also runs the town?s ghost walk, which...


Orphan Ahwak

by Raquel Rivera Orca Book Publishers (September 01, 2007)

Aneze, a young Aboriginal girl, is left for dead after her village is ripped apart by a wife-raid; her father and brother are killed and her mother is kidnapped. Aneze is the only survivor. She renames herself...


A Different Game

by Sylvia Olsen Orca Book Publishers (April 01, 2010)

In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out...


Secret of the Dance

by Andrea Spalding, Alfred Scow & Darlene Gait Orca Book Publishers (August 31, 2006)

In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the...


Belle of Batoche

by Jacqueline Guest Orca Book Publishers (August 31, 2004)

Belle, an 11-year-old Metis girl, and Sarah both want the coveted job of church bell ringer. An embroidery contest is held to award the position, and Sarah cheats. Before Belle can expose her, the two are caught...


Baseball Bats for Christmas

by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak & Vladyana Krykorka Annick Press (October 23, 2017)

Life in the high Arctic is beautifully captured in this classic picture book, read aloud in digital form by award-winning Inuit author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak. The year is 1955 and Arvaarluk and his friends...


Great Escapes #4: Survival in the Wilderness

by Steven Otfinoski & Gary Tiedemann HarperCollins (December 01, 2020)

Are you ready for some of the most exciting, death-defying escape stories ever told? The fourth installment in the Great Escapes series is here?perfect for fans of the I Survived series!

December 13, 1920. It...