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Great picks for young readers ages 8-12ish—and the people who love them!
Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park

edition:Hardcover

For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found in this second book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. For fans of Enola Holmes.

Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death in her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't …

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A Slug Story

A Slug Story

edition:Paperback
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Marcus is an enthusiastic young boy, but when ridiculed at school, he begins to feel that his best efforts are second-rate. His confidence already low, Marcus suffers a serious brain injury. While in the hospital, and with the help of fellow patient Emily, Marcus learns to embrace the reality of who he is. Mixing fact and fantasy, A Slug Story is a semi-autobiographical, middle-grade, graphic novel by Mandi Kujawa (Jacqueline the Singing Crow) and her daughter Hana, engagingly Illustrated by Cla …

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The Barren Grounds

The Barren Grounds

The Misewa Saga, Book 1
edition:Hardcover

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home -- until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom …

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Journal of a Travelling Girl

Journal of a Travelling Girl

by Nadine Neema
illustrated by Archie Beaverho
foreword by Joseph Judas
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

This fictional coming-of-age story traces a young girl’s reluctant journey by canoe through the ancestral lands of the Tli?cho People, as she gradually comes to understand and appreciate their culture and the significance of their fight for self-government.

"Journal of a Travelling Girl deserves to be in every northern classroom. There is so much to learn here, and there is so much to celebrate." —Richard Van Camp, Tlicho author of The Lesser Blessed and Moccasin Square Gardens

Eleven-year-old …

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Harvey Holds His Own

Harvey Holds His Own

by Colleen Nelson
illustrated by Tara Anderson
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

The West Highland Terrier that brought Harvey Comes Home to life returns with his tail wagging and his nose sharp, ready for a new adventure

Harvey the West Highland Terrier, hero of Harvey Comes Home, is back with his beloved Maggie. He is also back at Brayside retirement home, where he and Maggie now volunteer along with their friend Austin. There Maggie is drawn to a new resident, Mrs. Fradette, who tells stories of learning to fix cars as a twelve-year-old during the flood of 1950. Mrs. Frade …

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Pine Island Home

Pine Island Home

edition:Hardcover

From Newbery Honor-- and National Book Award--winning author Polly Horvath comes a story of four sisters searching for home.

Fiona, Marlin, Natasha, and Charlie McCready are left on their own when their missionary parents are washed away in a tsunami. Fortunately, their great aunt Martha volunteers to have them live with her on her farm in British Columbia. But while they are traveling there, Martha dies unexpectedly, forcing Fiona, the eldest, to come up with a scheme to keep social services fr …

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Fancy Friends: A Graphic Novel (Bunbun & Bonbon #1)

Fancy Friends: A Graphic Novel (Bunbun & Bonbon #1)

illustrated by Jess Keating
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

A lonely bunny named Bunbun meets a fancy candy named Bonbon in this adorable young graphic novel.

 

Bunbun has it all: a delightful Bunbun nose, a winning Bunbun smile, a ridiculously cute Bunbun tail, and not one, but two adorable Bunbun ears. But Bunbun doesn't have a friend -- until Bunbun meets Bonbon. Learning how to be fancy and eating donuts for lunch are two of the duo's many adventures in this irresistible young graphic novel by acclaimed author and illustrator Jess Keating. Hop hop hoor …

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The Brushmaker's Daughter

The Brushmaker's Daughter

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, and his secret is that he employs blind Jewish workers. Lillian soon learns that Otto Weidt is determined to keep her, Papa, and all the Jewish worker …

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