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Outstanding Books for Kids Aged 10-13

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All the books listed here have either won or been shortlisted for book awards in Canada.
The Skeleton Tree

The Skeleton Tree

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

Now in paperback! This stark and commercial survival story is a modern-day Hatchet.
Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Suddenly, they've got to find a way to forage, fish and scavenge supplies from the shore. Chris likes the company of a curious friendly raven more than …

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The Glory Wind

The Glory Wind

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A young boy must come to terms with the moral prejudices of his small town in the prairies in the 40's when he befriends the daughter of a young widow who moves in next door. Gracie is unlike anyone Luke has ever met - fun, charming, imaginative and full of life. But when the townsfolk discover that her mother's past is less than completely honourable, they set out to isolate both mother and daughter.

This striking new novel from Valerie Sherrard explores themes of friendship, loyalty, hypocrisy …

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Underground Soldier

Underground Soldier

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

A companion to the award-winning books Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler.

Fourteen-year-old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler. Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.

Once free, Luka joins a group of Ukrainian resistance fighters. Caught between advancing Nazis in the west and Soviet troops in the east, they mount guerilla …

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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Henry's happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father's hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry's family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry's therapist suggests he keeps a journal, at first he is resistant. But soon he confides in it at all hours of the day and night.

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One Year in Coal Harbour

One Year in Coal Harbour

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : friendship

Shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. Selected for the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013.

Readers rejoice -- Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled year in Coal Harbour. Even though her parents, once lost at sea, are home, there's a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose -- and eager …

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Watching Jimmy

Watching Jimmy

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

A novel of danger, warmth, and dark humor — about a brain-damaged young boy and the friend who knows a terrible secret.

Watching Jimmy is an impossible-to-put-down novel full of danger, warmth, and dark humor. With shocking candor, young Carolyn relates the truth about what really happened to her best friend, Jimmy, when his Uncle Ted chose the perfect time to teach him a lesson he'd never forget. The truth is, Jimmy didn't fall from a swing like Uncle Ted claims — Carolyn knows, because she …

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Stones for My Father

Stones for My Father

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Corlie Roux’s farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she conjures for her brothers.
But Corlie’s world is about to vanish: the British are invading and drivin …

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