Bystander? Or the Bully’s Next Target? James Preller, $8.99 (novel, ages 12+)
Eric is the new kid in seventh grade.
Griffin wants to be his friend. When you’re new in town, it’s hard to know who
to hang out with — and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular.
But something isn’t right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of
bad things. And if Griffin doesn't like you, you’d better watch your back.
There might be a target on it.
Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he
goes from being a bystander... to the bully’s next victim.
Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who
Spends It, Where Does It Go? Kevin Sylvester &
Michael Hlinka, $14.95
Accessible and fun, FOLLOW YOUR MONEY is
a vital introduction to the way money flows from creator to distributor to
retailer to customer. Who benefits most from your purchase? Was the price you
paid fair? What happens to your money when you deposit in the bank? This lively
book answers all these questions and more.
Joy of Apex. Napatsi Folger, illustrated by Ann Kronheimer, $9.95 (novel, ages
Joy is ten years old, living in Apex,
Nunavut, and loving life. But when Joy begins to notice her parents fighting a
lot more than usual, her perfect life soon becomes a lot more complicated. As
Joy navigates her parents' separation and its effect on her family, she learns
some valuable lessons about how to cope when life gets tough. Told in the wry,
funny voice of a smart and savvy girl, this book will appeal to young readers
A Walk on the Tundra. Rebecca Hainnu & Anna Ziegler, illustrated by Qin Leng, $13.95
Inuujaq, a little girl who travels with
her grandmother onto the tundra, soon learns that the tundra's colourful
flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens are much more important to the Inuit that
she originally believed. This informative story, which teaches the many uses
for Arctic plants, also includes a field guide with photographs and scientific
information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic ecosystem.
The Adventure of Maisie Voyager. Lucy Skye, $17.95 (novel)
Maisie Voyager used to explore the world
with her parents. She now lives in a tall town house with Aunt Hetty,
experiencing 'normal' life. But strangers start appearing, cryptic messages are
left, and Aunt Hetty is kidnapped! Following a trail of clues that leads her to
abandoned tin mines and a hunt for treasure, Maisie discovers that evil Dr
Gallows and his gang have taken her family hostage and it's up to her to save
them. Facing many challenges along the way including sinister strangers, cold
dark tunnels and the colour purple, Maisie has a big adventure ahead of her
with big decisions to make.
This captivating novel is a great read
and offers a positive heroine with a unique outlook on life that all children
will relate to, especially children on the autism spectrum.
Dear George Clooney Please Marry My
Mom. Susin Nielsen, $12.99
Violet's TV-director dad has traded a
job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek
ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for a
trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Violet's younger sister reacts by
bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another, searching for
love. As for Violet, she gets angry in ways that are by turns infuriating,
shocking, and hilarious. When her mother takes up with the unfortunately named
Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide that they need to take
control. If Violet's mom can't pick a decent man herself, they will help her
snag George Clooney.
Better Than a Lemonade Stand! Small Business Ideas
for Kids. Daryl Bernstein, $11.99 (ages 9 and up)
This creative book gives you 55 fun, simple ideas to
start your own business. From creating a plan to collecting your earnings,
you'll learn everything you need to know. So what are you waiting for? Who
knows where it will lead you!
My Diary: the
Totally True Story of Me! Gilles Tibo, illustrated by
Josée Bisaillon, $13.95
This is the diary of a young girl. Here
she shares all of her wishes, dreams, and secrets. She writes about who she
likes, what makes her sad, what gives her joy, and what gives her courage.
Written especially for young girls, MY
DIARY is filled with poems, illustrations, inventions, and personal musings on
life and happiness. Parents and kids can read along and learn as this young
girl explores her world and how she feels about her place in it.
The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's
Guide to Cash. Kira Vermond, Illustrated by
Clayton Hanmer, $13.95
If discussing money is a difficult task
for adults, it's doubly so where kids are involved. Not only is the subject
loaded with cryptic jargon, but it often fails to click with how a kid sees his
or her world. Many preteens and young teens do not yet have a job, and even if
they do, their responsibilities with their earnings are miles away from
grown-up money issues. In other words, not only is money a little overwhelming
and mysterious, it's also seen as something they can't do anything about.
THE SECRET LIFE OF MONEY is written
to address this last point in particular. This book uses odd anecdotes,
engaging comics, and a wealth of surprising everyday connections to help young
readers see and understand cash from an entirely different angle. From the
history of different currencies to why we buy what we buy, from how credit cards
work to saving and investing, readers will gain not only an appreciation for
the myriad ways that money changes, influences, and (even) betters their lives,
they will arrive to an understanding of the control they have over it.
New Kid, New Scene: a Guide to Moving and Switching
Schools. Debbie Glasser & Emily Schenk, $10.95
This book gives kids the ins and outs of
navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch
with old ones), and finding a place that feels like your own. You'll learn ways
to get adjusted and ease into your new school and surroundings. Every chapter
is packed with stories from other kids like you, useful advice for when you are
worried or upset, and quizzes to help you learn more about who you are. With a
little help, you can be comfortable as the star in your new scene!
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf:
a Year Told through Stuff. Jennifer Holm, $9.99
Ginny has ten items on her big "to-do"
list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include getting sent to
detention for throwing frogs in class or the thousand other things that can go
wrong between September and June.
Lessons from a Street Kid. Craig Kielburger, illustrated by Marisa Antonello & Victoria Laidley, $19.95
Join a young Craig Kielburger as he learns about the heights of generosity on the streets of Brazil.
Be Strong, Be You. Rebecca Kajander & Timothy
Learn how to be fit and healthy — inside and out — with these easy skills, tips and ideas.
The Luck of Jude. Andrew Larsen, $9.95 (ages 8-10)
A story about fighting, friendships and fitting in.
Tales from the Tundra: a Collection of Inuit Stories. Ibi Kaslik, illustrated by Anthony Brennan, $12.95
Learn why the raven is black or how a little boy was transformed into a bird. Find out why a walrus used to have antlers and how an earth spirit pulled the first caribou from the ground. These fascinating stories will capture the imagination of young readers and introduce them to the rich mythology of the Canadian Inuit.
Anthony Brennan’s illustrations are like nothing you’ve seen in children’s books. Edgy, vivid and dynamic to the extreme, the images enrich the reading experience.
Behave Like You Live in a Cave. Elizabeth Verdick
& Steve Mark, $10.25
Is your behavior sometimes out of whack or out of control? Do you tend to get in trouble more than other kids you know? Don’t worry — you’re NOT a problem child. But you may need help with your behavior at home and school — and that’s what this book is for!
No Girls Allowed. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $8.95
Tales of daring women, dressed as men — for love, freedom and adventure!
YUM: Your Ultimate Manual for Good Nutrition. Daina Kalinas, $16.95
Listen to your body, eat well and feel great! YUM explains how you can get what your body needs from the food you eat. It also shows you how to read labels, cook from recipes and gives you the tools you need to make good eating fun.
Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity and
Put Downs. Sandra McLeod Humphrey, $18.98
Did you know that there are kids out there who don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning because they know what going to school means for them?
- being teased and taunted
- being excluded and rejected
- being afraid that you’re going to be assaulted and possibly hurt
After reading this book, you may just possibly become a kinder, more compassionate human being, someone who treats others the way you want them to treat you. So come along and join the students at Emerson Elementary and help them make some cool choices!
School Confidential Series by Annie Fox
Be Confident in Who You Are. Annie Fox, $10.99
So begins the journey of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six
students just trying to figure it all out in middle school. Be Confident in
Who You Are follows these characters as they work to meet new challenges
and survive the social scene—without losing sight of who they are. Book
1 offers insider information on common middle school concerns and practical
advice for being healthy, feeling good about who you are, and staying in control
of your feelings and actions—even when the pressure is on.
Real Friends vs. the Other Kind. Annie
Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, the second book in the
Middle School Confidential series, follows these characters
as they work to forge friendships while navigating tough social
situations. Book 2 explores making and keeping friends,
resolving disputes, and dealing with common middle school concerns—like
gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying. There's also expert advice
on crushes, peer pressure, and being there for friends who need
What’s Up With My Family: Annie
Follow these young teens as they work on challenges at home. Along the way you’ll find ideas for building trust with adults, getting past hurt feelings and making family relationships stronger. Life at home may not be perfect, appreciating family members and working with them can help everyone get along.
from the Ghettos. Kathy Kacer & Sharon McKay,
$13.99 (Ages 9+)
The stories in this book come from
behind the walls and barbed wire of Europe's ghettos during
the Nazi regime. We hear the voices of young boys and girls
as they live with the fear that they might be deported to
the death camps at any moment. Theirs are stories of courage
and determination, of struggle and resistance. They speak
for those who, like them, managed to survive the war. And
they speak for those who did not.
Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: the Real Deal on Perfectionism.
Thomas Greenspon, $10.99 (ages 9 – 13)
Most children don’t know what perfectionism
is, yet many suffer from it. Nothing they do is ever good
enough. School assignments are hard to start or hand in. Relationships
are challenging, and self-esteem is low. Written for kids
ages 9–13, this book helps them understand how perfectionism
hurts them and how to free themselves. Includes true-to-life
vignettes, exercises, and a note to grown-ups.
Is My Planet: the Kids’ Guide to Global Warming. Jan
This Is My Planet offers a clear and fascinating
view of our world’s interconnections. By seeing how we all
fit in, readers will discover how even small actions can add
up to big changes.
Dancing Through the Snow. Jean Little, $19.99
Min has nothing. No mother.
No birth certificate. No baby pictures. Not even a real birthday.
The Children’s Aid people just gave her a fake birthday —
the date she was found — not seeming to realize it was also
the day she was lost. Now, after four different foster families,
Min’s not surprised when she’s dumped back with Children’s
Aid the week before Christmas. Still, a small part of her
can’t help aching for a miracle … and now she’s found an injured
dog that needs a miracle too.
Doggy Dung Disaster & Other True Stories: Regular Kids
Doing Heroic Things Around the World. Garth Sundem,
Eleven-year-old Tilly saved lives
in Thailand by warning people that a tsunami was coming. Fifteen-year-old
Malika fought against segregation in her Alabama town. Ten-year-old
Jean-Dominic won a battle against pesticides—and the cancer
the pesticides caused in his body. Six-year-old Ryan raised
$800,000 to drill water wells in Africa. And twelve-year-old
Haruka invented a new way to scoop dog poop. With the right
role models, any child can be a hero. Thirty true stories
profile kids who used their heads, their hearts, their courage,
and sometimes their stubbornness to help others and do extraordinary
Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up. Anne Katz, $18.95
Get the lowdown on how to take care of your body inside and out and take care of your self, so you’ll be set to handle all sorts of life’s challenges.
School: the Worst Years of My Life. James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts, $8.99
(novel, ages 10-14)
If you’re in middle school now — or will
be incarcerated in middle school soon — this story could help you survive.
(Also, you’ll probably laugh your guts out). Check it out. I have quite the
story to tell you.
The Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples
in Canada. Diane Silvey, Illustrated by John
Canada's Aboriginal peoples have shaped
this country in countless ways. Their story is central to the nation's identity
— indeed, the word "Canada" is derived from the Huron-Haudenosaunee word
"kanata," which means "our village."
This book is a
balanced, in-depth look at the cultures, struggles and triumphs of Canada's
first peoples. Exhaustively researched and reviewed by specialists in the
field, this groundbreaking book is by far the most comprehensive of its kind.
The detailed illustrations based on museum artifacts, written records of long
ago and contemporary scholarship help bring the traditional ways to life for
Journal of a
Schoolyard Bully: CYBERBULLY. Farley Katz, $14.99 (novel, ages 12+)
Niko Kayler is a calculating bully. When his
mom transfers to a new job, in a new town, Niko has the chance
to mend his ways and start fresh. Though he tries to contain
himself, Niko stumbles into the world of cyberbullying and
begins to covertly torture his new classmates. Things seem
to be going his way until the technology is turned against
him, and Niko learns what it’s like to be on the wrong
side of cyberbullying.
Also Available: Journal of
a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies, and Wedgies.
Farley Katz, $14.99 (novel, ages 12+)
Summer in the City. Marie-Louise Gay & David Homel, $15.95
Charlie can't wait for school to be
over. This summer the family is staying put, in their hometown — Montreal,
Canada. A "staycation," his parents call it. Charlie is doubtful at
first but, ever resourceful, decides that there may be adventures and profit to
be had in his own neighborhood.
And there are. A campout in the backyard
brings him in contact with more than one kind of wildlife, a sudden summer
storm floods the expressway, various pet-sitting gigs turn almost-disastrous,
and a baseball game goes awry when various intruders storm the infield — from
would-be medieval knights and an over-eager ice-cream vendor to a
fly-ball-catching Doberman. Then of course there's looking after his little
brother, Max, who is always a catastrophe-in-the-making.
Everyone’s Birthday. Marc Kielburger, illustrated by Marisa Antonello & Victoria
Young Marc Kielburger searches to answer
the question “What kind of person do you want to be?” Follow him as he goes on
a journey to Thailand, where a special kind of birthday party helps him find
the answer, while changing the course of his life forever.
The Worry Tree. Marianne
Musgrove, $17.95 (novel, ages 9-12)
Juliet is a worrywart, and there is a lot going on in
her life to keep her busy with worrying. One day she makes a remarkable
discovery — an old painting of a special tree, the Worry Tree — that helps her
solve some of her problems and learn how to put her worries to rest.
One for the Murphys. Lynda Mullaly Hunt, $18.00 (novel, ages 11-16)
A moving debut novel about a foster
child learning to open her heart to a family's love.
Carley uses humour and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and
thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, she's blindsided. This loving,
bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed,
and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite
her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong — until
her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's
not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new
How to Fix a Lie. Nancy Wilcox Richards, $5.99
Gracie tells so many lies that no one
knows when she is actually telling the truth. Can Gracie learn that people will
like her better without all the tall tales?
Faith: Five Religions and What They
Share. Richard Steckel & Michele Steckel,
$18.95 (ages 8-12)
This kid-friendly exploration of faith
provides a superb overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and
Judaism. Young readers will learn about different aspects of each, including
historical origins and beliefs, holy texts, religious clothing and places of
worship. They will also find out about the values, customs and symbols all five
religions share, such as the golden rule, charity, prayer and candles. Straightforward,
simple text makes the content interesting and accessible, as do the vivid
photos of children around the world. Parents and teachers will find FAITH: FIVE
RELIGIONS AND WHAT THEY SHARE an invaluable tool for teaching respect for
people of different beliefs.
Bernadette in the Doghouse. Susan Glaxton, $8.95
A book about friends, friendship and not
taking things for granted.
Luz Sees the Light. Claudia Dávila, $8.95
Change is in the air! One minute, Luz
and her friends are snacking on chocolate bars and getting rides to the mall.
The next, Luz's mom can't afford gas or groceries and the city is dimmed by
blackouts. Luz is NOT the type to sit in the dark, so she sets her heart on
transforming her fossil-fueled world. But how much can one twelve-year-old do?
Chicken Soup for the Soul Just for Preteens: 101
Stories of Inspiration and Support for Tweens. Jack
Canfield, Mark Victor & Amy Newmark, $16.95
You're growing up, your friends are
changing, homework is harder and your life has more ups and downs than it used
to. This "support group in a book" is just for you. You are not alone and
you'll find out why when you read these stories.
Survival Guide. Jill Chassé & Jessica
Get the info you need on everything from landing a babysitting job to caring for kids safely. Fun games, cool crafts and how to be the best babysitter in town — it’s all here!
The Co-Walkers Awakening. Hermine Steinberg, $16.95
A novel of magic, self-discovery and destiny, The Co-Walkers will take you on a ride full of adventure, surprise and enchantment.
Three siblings find themselves on their own, sent to live with a stranger they’ve never heard of before. Soon after, they discover they are part of a magical world they never knew existed — and that the very existence of this world may depend on them, The Co-Walkers.
Too Old for This,
Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for the Middle-School
Years, 2nd Edition. Harriet Mosatche & Karen Unger,
$17.50 (ages 11-15)
The transition to middle school can be difficult. Most tweens are excited about getting older, but they’re often not prepared for some of the challenges that come with growing up. Physical and emotional changes, evolving relationships, and increased expectations at school can all make for some major adjustments. Too Old for This, Too Young for That is a friendly, reassuring guide that lets readers know they’re not alone and gives them practical tips, tools, and resources for all kinds of situations.
Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change. Garth Sundem, $11.95
Thirty stories of courageous actions around the world from real kids who used their heads and hearts to do awesome things.
Your Helmet? David Duncan, $9.25
What’s YOUR excuse?
Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together. James Crist
& Elizabeth Verdick, $9.95 (ages 8-12)
Every sibling relationship has its ups and downs, and moments of complete AAAAAACCCCCK! But siblings are more than annoyers and stuff-destroyers. You and your brothers and sisters can be buddies, allies, helpers, role models, secret-sharers and lifelong friends. It all starts with you!
Think for Yourself: a Kid’s Guide to Solving Life’s Dilemmas and Other Sticky Problems. Cynthia MacGregor, $14.95 (ages 9 and up)
What if a friend wants you to shoplift? Your neighbor is cruel to his dog? You have to walk past kids who bully you? Your parents want you to babysit your little brother — again?? Get insight on how to find your way out of difficult situations like these and other predications that might involve friends, family and grown-ups.
Big Fat Secret: How Jenna Takes Control of Her Emotions
and Eating. Lynn
Schechter, illustrated by Jason Chin, $11.95 (ages 8-12)
Jenna is having a tough time
in middle school. She just turned 12, she hates gym,
and she's overweight. Jenna has good friends and cool
hobbies, but when some of her classmates make fun of
her, she just feels so bad! And to make things worse,
when Jenna feels sad or mad or stressed out, she starts
to eat and she just can't stop!
Through Jenna's story, kids will
learn how to say goodbye to emotional eating and hello
to a healthy lifestyle. They'll see how to create an action
plan to stop overeating before it starts, identify emotional
triggers that push them to food, and get healthier by taking
better care of their bodies and minds.
No Contact. Sandra Diersch,
Debbie’s not sure about
her new family, but she is sure about one thing — she
loves to play hockey. If only Debbie’s adoptive mother could be more like
Debbie’s hockey coach! Will Debbie and her mother
ever learn to play on the same team?
Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought
Them Together. Herb Shoveller, $9.95
Ryan and Jimmy is the remarkable
true story of a young boy who wanted to help others — and
how that simple wish brought friendship from a world
Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them.
Patty Kelley Criswell, $12.95 (ages 8 to 12)
Here’s all you need to know about making
friends and making friendships last. The book includes tips and
quizzes, plus true friendship stories.
Rude! (Get Some Manners). Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth
Verdick, $10.95 (ages 8 to 13)
Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly
text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at
home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall,
and more … It seems like light reading, but it’s serious stuff:
Manners are major social skills, and this book gives kids
a great start.
||Girlness: Deal With
It, Body & Soul. Diane Peters, illustrated by Steven
It’s hard enough being a girl on the brink of puberty without
dealing with a barrage of mixed messages about femininity.
From self-image to peer pressure, consumerism to feminism,
girls have a lot to grapple with. This volume looks at issues
relating to gender identity and how girls can cope with the
conflicts that arise when we question what it means to be
with It, Body & Soul. Steve Pitt, illustrated by
Steven Murray, $12.95
As boys become men, pressure to fit into set images of masculinity
can be overwhelming. And stereotypes about what makes a man
a man can make the early stages of puberty — the beginning
of physical, emotional, and sexual maturity — all the more
confusing. This volume looks at issues relating to gender
identity and how boys can deal with the conflicts that arise
when boys fit — or do not fit — the masculinity mold.
||The Behavior Survival
Guide For Kids: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble.
Tom McIntyre, $16.50
|The Adding Assets
Series for Kids empowers young people ages 8 - 12 to build
their own 'Developmental Assets'. Research shows that young
people who thrive have specific assets in their lives, including
family support, a caring neighborhood, integrity, resistance
skills, self-esteem and a sense of purpose.
||People Who Care
about You: the Support Assets. Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth
Book 1 in the Adding Assets Series for Kids introduces
and describes the six support assets: Family Support, Positive
Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood,
Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in Schooling.
Each asset is clearly defined and introduced by a story. Kids
learn concrete, realistic ways to build family closeness and
strengthen other important relationships in their lives.
||Helping Out and
Staying Safe: the Empowerment Assets. Pamela Espeland &
Elizabeth Verdick, $8.99
Book 2 in the Adding Assets Series for Kids introduces
and describes the four Empowerment Assets: Community Values
Children, Children as Resources, Service to Others, and Safety.
Each asset is clearly defined and introduced by a story. Kids
learn simple, everyday ways to play useful roles at home and
in the community, help others, and feel safer at home, at
school, and in their neighborhood.
Old for This, Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for the
Middle-School Years. Harriet Mosatche & Karen Unger,