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Young Adult and Middle Grade

Flight of the Griffons

by Kate Inglis

16 Things I Thought Were True

by Janet Gurtler
Bye, Bye, Evil Eye

Bye, Bye, Evil Eye

by Deborah Kerbel
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Bye, Bye, Evil Eye

by Deborah Kerbel

The Voice inside My Head

by S.J. Laidlaw

Arrow through the Axes

by Patrick Bowman
Key to Kashdune

Key to Kashdune

by Claudia White
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Key to Kashdune

by Claudia White
Sophie, in Shadow

Sophie, in Shadow

by Eileen Kernaghan
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Sophie, in Shadow

by Eileen Kernaghan
Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love

Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love

by Caroline Adderson
illustrated by Ben Clanton
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Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love

by Caroline Adderson
illustrated by Ben Clanton

21 Days in October

by Magali Favre
Bike Thief

Bike Thief

by Rita Feutl
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Bike Thief

by Rita Feutl
Camp Outlook

Camp Outlook

by Brenda Baker
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Camp Outlook

by Brenda Baker
Becoming Holmes

Becoming Holmes

The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case
by Shane Peacock
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Becoming Holmes

by Shane Peacock
Breathing Fire

Breathing Fire

by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
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Breathing Fire

by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
Soldier Doll

Soldier Doll

by Jennifer Gold
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Soldier Doll

by Jennifer Gold
Pick and Roll

Pick and Roll

by Kelsey Blair
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Pick and Roll

by Kelsey Blair
Hot New Thing

Hot New Thing

by Laura Langston
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Hot New Thing

by Laura Langston
Hustle

Hustle

by Johnny Boateng
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Hustle

by Johnny Boateng
Finding Grace

Finding Grace

by Becky Citra
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Finding Grace

by Becky Citra
Stupid

Stupid

by Kim Firmston
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Stupid

by Kim Firmston
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Shelf Talkers for April 2014: A New Series by Robert J. Wiersema

Shelf Talkers for April 2014: A New Series by Robert J. Wiersema

[April 15, 2014] | By [Rob Wiersema]

Today—in the first installment of a new monthly series Robert J. Wiersema is doing for 49th Shelf, called Shelf Talker …

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Book Cover Well Heeled

Lesley-Anne Scorgie Takes the Pain Out of Tax Season

[April 14, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

April doesn't have to be the cruellest month when it comes to filing your taxes.

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The Recommend: Books From Andrew Kaufman, Dina Del Bucchia, Helen Humphreys, Joan Thomas, and Susin Nielsen

The Recommend: Books From Andrew Kaufman, Dina Del Bucchia, Helen Humphreys, Joan Thomas, and Susin Nielsen

[April 9, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

We're pleased to present the picks of multimedia artist and author Vivek Shraya; Vancouver librarian and lit fest organi …

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Don Draper Inferno

The Canadian Mad Men Reading List

[April 9, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Because Megan Calvet isn't Mad Men's only Canadian connection...

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Book Cover Half For You and Half for Me

Katherine Govier: On Mother Goose and Reading With Mum

[April 7, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

What is the magic and what is the meaning of the nursery rhymes that stay in our heads for a lifetime? 

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Light

Behind the Poem: "When You Learn to Swim" by Souvankham Thammavongsa

[April 3, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

In which "one of the most interesting younger poets at work in this country" tells the story behind a poem. 

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Elaine Lui on the Big Love Driving Listen to the Squawking Chicken

Elaine Lui on the Big Love Driving Listen to the Squawking Chicken

[March 31, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

As a years-long devotee of Elaine Lui's world-famous gossip and entertainment blog, Lainey Gossip, I read Lui's debut bo …

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Sean Michaels on NYC Nightlife in the 1920s–30s

Sean Michaels on NYC Nightlife in the 1920s–30s

[March 31, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

In this guest post for 49th Shelf, Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors, makes us nostalgic for 1920s–30s New York C …

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Afflictions and Departures

Happy Anniversary: A 49th Shelf Retrospective

[March 31, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

To mark three years of 49th Shelf, let's take a look back at some of our favourite posts. 

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The Recommend: Books From Nicholas Pengelley, Linda Spalding, Martha Baillie, Aisha Sasha John and More

The Recommend: Books From Nicholas Pengelley, Linda Spalding, Martha Baillie, Aisha Sasha John and More

[March 27, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

We are thrilled today to have picks from Karen Connelly, Katherine Govier, Madeleine Thien, and Gillian Jerome, women wh …

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