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Top Grade Fall 2013 High School Selections

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The latest books from Canadian independent publishers, recommended for high school classrooms and school libraries.
Him Standing

Him Standing

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When Lucas Smoke learns the Ojibway art of carving from his grandfather, he proves to be a natural. He can literally make people come to life in wood. Then Lucas's growing reputation attracts a mysterious stranger, who offers him a large advance to carve a spirit mask.
This mask is to represent the master, but Lucas must find its face in his dreams. As his dreams become more and more disturbing, he feels himself changing. And the mask takes control of his life. Then a chance encounter with an o …

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I Am Algonquin

I Am Algonquin

An Algonquin Quest Novel
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An exciting journey seen through the eyes of the Algonquin people.

This book paints a vivid picture of the original peoples of North America before the arrival of Europeans. The novel follows the story of Mahingan and his family as they live the traditional Algonquin way of life in what is now Ontario in the early fourteenth century. Along the way we learn about the search for moose and the dramatic rare woodland buffalo hunt, conflicts with other Native nations, and the dangers of wolves an …

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If This Is Freedom

If This Is Freedom

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”This tale brims with love, racial conflict, mystery, deception and ultimately forgiveness: it’s a story for our times. Wesley’s characters have compelling things to say to us. Set in the 1780’s, a time when the transatlantic slave trade was rife, Sarah and Thomas invite us into their tumultuous world. As Thomas says “You can’t wait on life to fulfill your dreams. You have to make them happen.” – Sylvia D. Hamilton, Filmmaker and Writer, Producer/Director of The Little Black Scho …

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Graffiti Knight

Graffiti Knight

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After a childhood cut short by war and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, sixteen-year-old Wilm is finally tasting freedom. In spite of the scars World War II has left on his hometown, Leipzig, and in spite of the oppressive new Soviet regime, Wilm is finding his own voice. It's dangerous, of course, to be sneaking out at night to leave messages on police buildings. But it's exciting, too, and Wilm feels justified, considering his family's suffering. Until one mission goes too far, and Wilm f …

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Rachel's Promise

Rachel's Promise

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It is 1904, and Rachel and her family are leaving Russia to escape the continuing riots against Jews. They take the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country and board a ship to Shanghai. Life is difficult and strange in this new city, but Rachel's luck changes when she finds a job writing for a newspaper. Meanwhile, Sergei finds that working in a factory in St. Petersburg is not only miserable but dangerous, and he soon joins the rebelling socialist workers. Through letters, Rachel and Sergei s …

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How Happy Became Homosexual

How Happy Became Homosexual

And Other Mysterious Semantic Shifts
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An old joke goes like this: What's the difference between a good girl and a nice girl? Answer: The good girl goes to a party, goes home then goes to bed, whereas the nice girl goes to the party, goes to bed, then goes home. The distinction made between the two types of young ladies would probably have been appreciated by Shakespeare. While we think of "nice" nowadays as being a synonym for pleasant it wasn't always so; originally the word's meaning conveyed the naughtiness implied in the joke. I …

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Until Today

Until Today

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Kat is alone with a secret she doesn’t want to keep, but can’t risk telling. A victim of longtime sexual abuse at the hands of her family’s trusted friend, Kat is torn between trying to protect herself and safeguarding her little sister, whom she fears might be next. With no one to turn to, Kat keeps a secret journal where she writes the truth about everything that has been going on since she was a little girl. But now the journal is missing, and Kat’s secret is about to unravel.

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Dying to go Viral

Dying to go Viral

edition:Paperback
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On CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens list 2013

Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2013 Honourable mention

On Resource Links? Best of 2013 list

What would you do if you only had one week to live? A skateboarding accident claims 14-year-old Jade's life when she skitches (hitches herself to a car) in order to appear on youtube; she neglected to wear the helmet she promised her father she would always use. In a Japanese garden she meets her mother who died when Jade was eight. She begs for …

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