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Notes from a Children’s Librarian: Satisfying Endings

By Julie Booker

How do you create a sense of satisfaction in a story’s finale? The following books pull it off!

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49thShelf Summer Reads

Introducing the 49th Shelf Summer Books List: Part 2

By Kerry Clare

Our summer reads extravaganza continues with PART 2 of our Summer Books List, and once again, each and every title is up …

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Inclusive Learning, Diverse Books: Introducing Top Grade 2021

Inclusive Learning, Diverse Books: Introducing Top Grade 2021

By Spencer Miller

Welcome to the Association for Canadian publisher’s Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom, a blog and preview video seri …

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Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2021 Nonfiction Preview

By 49thShelf Staff

New books about everything, including food, beauty, art, travel, singing, healing, grieving, shopping, aging, and so muc …

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CanLit Yearning

By Amy LeBlanc

"At the heart of my novella and in each book on this CanLit list is a sense of desire or a yearning (for belonging, iden …

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The Chat with Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

The Chat with Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

By Trevor Corkum

This week we’re in conversation with political trailblazer Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, whose memoir, The Queer Evangelist, …

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Most Anticipated: Our 2021 Fall Fiction Preview

By 49th Shelf Staff

With new books by Miriam Toews, Dawn Dumont, Douglas Coupland, Marie-Renee Lavoie, Omar El Akkad, Zoe Whittall, Trudy Mo …

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Speculative Fiction: Vast and Thrilling

By Samantha Garner

"As a reader and a lightly superstitious human, I can’t deny the pull of the unusual, the not-quite-real. I love books …

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Writing with Four Hands

By Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel

"That’s what the Travels series is all about: sending a resourceful, observant, unafraid (well, sometimes a little afr …

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The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winner Anne Carson

The Chat with GG's Literature Award Winner Anne Carson

By Trevor Corkum

“Norma Jeane Baker of Troy leverages a millennia-old story of beauty and war to animate a history of the male gaze and …

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Rocks and Minerals

Our children's librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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The first two nonfiction titles support the Grade 4 study of rocks and minerals. 

The strength of Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet, by Jane Price, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock, lies in its cartoonlike cross-sections and cutaways of the earth. Rocks and minerals are covered in Chapters 1, 2, and 6. This book has a lovely, accessible feel, mainly because interesting facts are sidebars to Hancock’s easily readable illustrations. For example, in Chapter 1, “Underground, Earth’s Crust and Below,” shows one inclusive cutaway depicting the layers of the earth and the three types of rocks. Tectonic plates, fold mountains, tsunamis, earthquakes, fossils, volcanoes, etc. are all shown to be interconnected. Similarly, in Chapter 2, “Holes in the Ground, Crystals and Cave Cities,” all types (e.g., prehistoric, underwater, stalactites, stalagmites) are plotted in one illustration, followed by photographs of spectacular caves around the world and how they are formed. Chapter 6, “Digging for Riches,” explores mining and the whole resource-based industry, including a feature on the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in 2010. 

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