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Saskatoon Kids & Teen Staff Picks

 

 

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The Peace Book
By Todd Parr

Peace is making new friends.

Peace is helping your neighbor.
Peace is a growing a garden.
Peace is being who you are.


The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Perfect for the youngest readers, this book delivers a timely and timeless message about the importance of friendship, caring, and acceptance.

$10.49 Boardbook
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Kids Picks

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
by Patricia Wrede

Cover image for Give Bees a Chance

Chosen by Crystal

Award-winning author Patricia C. Wrede tells the final chapter of the Star Wars saga, in this incredible novel based on one of the most eagerly awaited movies of all time. The circle will now be complete: the final installment of the Star Wars saga, showing the emergence of Darth Vader, the downfall of the Jedi, and the revenge of the Sith.

$7.99 Paperback
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Thor Ragnarok: Thor vs. Hulk
 by Justus Lee

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Chosen by Crystal

Thor's world is about to explode in this exciting levled reader based on the upcoming film Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. His devious brother, Loki has taken over his home of Asgard, the powerful and ancient Hela has emerged with dark designs, and Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe. To escape and save his home, Thor must compete in an alien contest of champions, fighting his way to freedom against none other than his former ally and fellow Avenger... the Incredible Hulk!

$6.49 Paperback
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The Flash: Hocus Pocus
by Barry Lyga

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Chosen by Crystal

Race into action in this all-new original adventure based on the hit CW TV series, The Flash
 
In a timeline where Flashpoint never happened, The Flash (aka Barry Allen) must face a mysterious villain who can control the minds and actions of citizens. But when Hocus Pocus, as he calls himself, takes control of Barry, it's up to Team Flash to help the Scarlet Speedster before he's forced to do the unthinkable. Written by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga, this is one adventure fans of the TV series won't want to miss!

$16.99 Hardcover
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Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
 By Marianna Mayer

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Chosen by Lindsay

 Sweet, lovely Vasilisa lives with her jealous stepmother and stepsisters on the edge of a dark forest inhabited by the evil witch Baba Yaga. One night the stepmother sends Vasilisa to visit Baba Yaga, an errand from which the gentle girl has littlechance of returning alive. "An engaging text and accomplished paintings set this version apart....A stylized and classy offering."--School Library Journal.

$21.99 Hardcover
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Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson

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Chosen by Lindsay

Join the witch and her animal friends for a broomstick adventure! "How the cat purred and how the witch grinned,
As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind."

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before... SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast.

$12.99 Paperback
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From Far Away
by Robert Munsch

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Chosen by Lori

When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Hallowe'en skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan's.

$11.95 Paperback
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Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
by Stan Berenstain

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Chosen by Lori

 Illustrated in full color. Three brave little bears explore the inside of a mysterious old tree and go into, up, through, over, down, and out.

$12.99 Hardcover
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Ribbon Rescue
by Robert Munsch

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Chosen by Lori

 Everyone is late for the wedding and nothing is going right. But Jillian and her wonderful ribbon dress can fix almost anything-from the groom's shoelaces to the bride's unruly hair. But now Jillian's dress is a mess. Who is going to fix it for her?

$7.99 Paperback
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Nightmare Before Christmas
by Tim Burton

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Chosen by Brenna

 In this beloved picture book that could only come from the visionary mind of author and illustrator TIM BURTON, we meet Jack Skellington-- a well-intentioned inhabitant of Halloweenland. Jack is bored of "the scaring, the terror, the fright....tired of being something that goes bump in the night". And so, in an effort to bring to joy to his town, Jack kidnaps Santa and takes his place as the jolly old elf. But instead of bringing joy to the world Jack, who is a little more than a grinning skeleton, brings fear by delivering creepy toys and riding a sleigh carried by skeletal reindeer. Only through a number of things going horribly wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of Christmas.

$18.99 hardcover
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Emu's Halloween
by Anne Mangan

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Chosen by Brenna

 Emu wants to make her Halloween party truly terrifying, but she doesn't know how. Fortunately, Emu's friends are able to help her have the most spooktacular night of the year! This delightful picture book celebrates the fun of an Australian-style Halloween.

$12.50 Hardcover
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Getting to the Roots of Science Vocabulary
by Timothy Rasinski

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Chosen by Anna Marie

 Make learning science vocabulary fun and interesting with a roots approach! This resource, geared towards secondary grades, focuses on root words for science. Teaching tips and strategies, standards-based lessons, and student activity pages are included to make teaching a breeze and learning fun! By implementing the resources provided in this book into your vocabulary instruction, students will learn to expand their vocabularies by learning how words are built from the roots up!

$24.99 Paperback
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Stolen Words
by Melanie Florence

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Chosen by Sherry

 The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language - Cree - he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared.

$17.95 Hardcover
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Lila and the Crow
by Gabriella Grimard

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Sherry

Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: "A crow! A crow! The new girl's hair is black like a crow!" The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won't go away.

Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila's eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.

$21.95 Hardcover
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Reena's Rainbow
by Dee White

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Cori

In this story, Reena is deaf, and Dog is homeless, but they are also so much more than that. At first Reena and Dog feel like they don't belong, but when they form a unique bond of friendship with the children in the park, they discover that everyone is different in their own special ways. 

Reena's Rainbow is about friendship, diversity, and acceptance. It sends the message that true friends will always accept your differences and love you just the way you are.

$23.99 Hardcover
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Spooky Smells of Halloween
by Mary Man-Kong

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Chosen by Cori

Little Sammy and his friends are having one spooky Halloween! They bob for apples, eat scary shaped Halloween cookies, and go trick-or-treating for other spooky treats. Children will love to read--and smell--all The Spooky Smells of Halloween.

$12.99 Hardcover
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How to Catch a Monster
by Adam Wallace

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Cori

There's a monster in my closet,
with claws, and teeth, and hair,
and tonight, I'm going to scare him!
He lives just right through there...

Get ready to laugh as a young ninja heads into the closet to meet the monster that's been so scary night after night! But what if things aren't what they seem and our monster isn't scary at all? What if our ninja hero is about to make a friend of strangest sort? If you dare to travel beyond the closet door and into the land of the monsters... you might just find the very best reward of all. But with robots, lava pie, and a smattering of traps--catching monsters is no easy business! Is there a monster living in your closet? Are you brave enough to catch him? Parents and children will love sharing this fun and inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren't always as scary as they seem.

$15.50 Hardcover
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Winnie and Wilbur the Big Bad Robot
by Valerie Thomas

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Chosen by Kristi

Winnie and Wilbur have made a junk robot but Winnie wishes it was real . . . so she pulls out her magic wand. But the real robot is not at all helpful. It's big and bad and when it grabs Winnie's wand, things start to get totally out of control. It's a futuristic Winnie and Wilbur adventure! Korky Paul's intricate artwork is full of madcap humour and crazy details to pore over. The spellbinding new look of this bestselling series celebrates the wonderful relationship that exists between Winnie the Witch and her big black cat, Wilbur. Since Winnie and Wilbur first appeared in 1987 they have been delighting children and adults in homes, schools and all over the world with more than 7 million books sold.

$16.50 Paperback
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Winnie's Pirate Adventure
by Valerie Thomas

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Kristi

 Winnie and Wilbur are off to a fancy-dress party. Winnie is going as a pirate and Wilbur is her parrot. Squawk! At the party they find a whole crew of little pirates ready to set sail on the high seas. It's a swashbuckling Winnie and Wilbur adventure!

$16.50 Paperback
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Boo
by Robert Munsch

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Kristi

 It’s Halloween, and Lance decides to paint his face to make it the scariest ever! He makes his face so scary that when the adults answer the door they fall over in fright! Lance, not being one to let an opportunity slip by, then takes all the candy in the house. After trick or treating, Lance heads home to find a teenager at his door with an even bigger bag of candy. He has a painted face, too – but Lance’s is still scarier, and the teenager runs off, leaving Lance with enough candy to last until next Halloween!

$7.99 Paperback
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Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water
by Gemma Merino

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Faye

Meet a most unusual crocodile!

Everybody knows that crocodiles love water, but this little crocodile is different. He doesn't like water at all. In fact, he prefers climbing trees! But it can be lonely when you're the odd one out, so the little crocodile tries his best to change. But being wet isn't for everyone - and a shiver soon becomes a cold and the cold becomes a sneeze, a very hot sneeze... Could it be that this little crocodile isn't a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON!

$12.99 Paperback
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Go Away Big Green Monster
by Ed Emberly

Cover image for Night Night, Groot

Chosen by Faye

Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear! This lavish reissue features dramatic die-cut eyes and sparkling foil on the cover.

$18.49 Hardcover
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Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson 

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Chosen by Faye

The nation's favourite bedtime story! "A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good."

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake ... and a hungry Gruffalo! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a best-selling phenomenon across the world with over 13.5 million copies sold. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come. No home should be without The Gruffalo! This edition features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small!

Also available with redesigned covers are The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.

$12.99 Paperback
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Teen Picks

Baba Yaga's Assistant
by Marika McCoola

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Chosen by Lindsay

Russian folklore icon Baba Yaga mentors a lonely teen in a wry graphic novel that balances gleefully between the modern and the timeless.

Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga’s house-on-chicken-legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host. No easy task, with children on the menu! Spooky and poignant, Marika McCoola’s stunning debut—with richly layered art by acclaimed graphic artist Emily Carroll—is a storytelling feat and a visual feast.

$23.00 Hardcover
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Tithe
by Holly Black

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Chosen by Brenna

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

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Night Wanderer
by Drew Hayden Taylor

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Chosen by Anna Marie

Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reservation. But when 16-year-old Tiffany discovers her father is renting out her room, she's deeply upset. Sure, their guest is polite and keeps to himself. But he's also a little creepy. Little do Tiffany, her father or even her astute Granny Ruth suspect the truth. The mysterious Pierre L'Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe. But Tiffany has other things on her mind: her new boyfriend is acting weird, disputes with her father are escalating, and her estranged mother is starting a new life with somebody else. Fed up and heartsick, Tiffany threatens drastic measures and flees into the bush. There, in the midnight woods, a chilling encounter with L'Errant changes everything... for both of them.

A mesmerizing blend of Gothic thriller and modern coming-of-age novel, The Night Wanderer is unlike any other vampire story.

$12.95 Paperback
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Fire and Glass
by Marty Chan

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Chosen by Anna Marie

A fourth floor that is only pretending to be a storage room, stairs that lead to an abyss, and a goth djinn with an attitude who likes to play with fire: Krystina finds more than she bargained for when she moves to a new school. The adventures of the Keepers of the Vault are just beginning.

Written in dyslexia-friendly font! High interest - low reading level.

$10.95 Paperback
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Born at Midnight
by C.C. Hunter

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Chosen by Cori

Don't miss this spectacular new young adult fantasy series from C.C. Hunter!Born at Midnight will steal your heart and haunt your dreams. Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen...

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls--a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren't just "troubled." Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side--learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie's never felt normal, but surely she doesn't belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn't complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek's a half-fae who's determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin' hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn't be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear--Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs...

$12.99 Paperback
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs 

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Chosen by Paige

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow--impossible though it seems--they may still be alive.

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Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin 

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Chosen by Paige

Mara Dyer doesn't know if she is crazy or haunted--all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and "strong, inventive tale" (Kirkus Reviews). Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's sister, and as if that weren't enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations--or are they premonitions?--and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there's Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what's real, what's imagined--and what's very, very dangerous.

$15.99 Paperback
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City of Bones
by Cassandra Claire

Cover image for I Am Princess X

Chosen by Paige

Discover the world of the Shadowhunters in the first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" (Entertainment Weekly)--now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! City of Bones is a Shadowhunters novel.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder--much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she's more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

$17.99 Paperback
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