Saskatoon Kids & Teen Staff Picks


Saskatoon Kids and Teen Staff Picks

Picks are broken down into Kids and Teen recommendations. 

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April Kids Staff Book Club Read

Tell The Wolves I'm Home
 by Carol Rifka Brunt

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"A heartfelt story about a girl and her uncle's relationship as they grow from strangers to best friends. This book focuses on unexpected new friendships and the importance of looking past initial misconceptions by learning how to see the true person. While we wished we could have learned more about the back story of Toby and Finn and how their lives became intertwined, what we do learn is that the two character's story is wonderful and heartbreaking."

Bottom Line: A great coming of age novel if you're looking for a story about family, but don't expect it to be about the aids crisis in the 1980's. This book is appropriate for a PG15 audience.


Kids Picks

Faithful Elephants
 by Yukio Tsuchiya

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Chosen by Allison

A zookeeper at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo tells a story about a long time ago when Japan was at war. Bombs were dropped on Tokyo day and night, and people worried about what might happen if bombs hit the city's zoo.This story and beautiful illustrations will leave no reader unmoved. The story is read aloud on Japanese radio every year since its publication in 1951 to mark the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.

Won Ton
 by Eugene Yelchin

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Chosen by Allison

Visiting hours! Yawn. I pretend not to care. Yet - I sneak a peek. 

Nice place they got here. Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home! Or so I've been told.  

So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, this adoption story, told entirely in haiku, is unforgettable.

Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake
by Dav Pilkey

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Chosen by Allison

Big Dog and Little Dog are going for a walk. They spot a kitty. Uh-oh. . . . Looks like Big Dog and Little Dog are in for a surprise, and it doesn't smell good! Irresistible as ever, these two canine chums romp through this welcome addition to the spirited board book series.

The Fairy Doll and other Tales from the Doll's House
by Rumer Godden

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Chosen by Lori

Dolls cannot tell you anything, but often their wish is as strong as telling. Have you ever felt a doll's wish?' This wonderful classic edition contains some of Rumer Godden's best-loved stories. Perfect for new readers or for reading aloud, this collection will introduce a whole new generation to the magical secret life of dolls.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea
 By Cynthia Rylant

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Chosen by Lori

"The gentle, affecting first volume introduces elderly Mr. Putter, who decides that a cat will keep him from feeling lonely. Rylant’s texts reflect admirable concern for brevity and meticulous consideration of every word. They are in perfect sync with Howard’s expressive sketches, which slip abundant visual jokes into sunny, transparent watercolors and gouaches, and fluid pencil and pastel scribbles."--Publishers Weekly

The Moccasins
by Earl Einarson

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Chosen by Maureen

This Endearing story is of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster child by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love. Based on the author's personal experience.

The Adventures of Beekle:
by Dan Santat

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Chosen by Maureen

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, to find his perfect match.

 Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.

Love: The Tiger
by Frederic Brremaud

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Chosen by Dave

A day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure of survival as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their territory.  A beautiful, all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling. Like a nature documentary in illustration.

This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen

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Chosen by Karlee

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

The Monster At the End of This Book
by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin

Chosen by Karlee

The Monster at the End of This Book is THE bestselling Sesame Street Little Golden Book of all time. It stars a frantic Grover trying in vain to prevent readers from turning the pages and finding the monster at the end of the book. The original Little Golden Book has sent generations of readers into gales of laughter and has become a true modern classic.

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

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Chosen by Robbie

Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things,where he is made king.

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie
by Laura Numeroff

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Chosen by Tressa

If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. ....The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages.

The Nethergrim
by Matthew Jobin

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Chosen by Lindsay

To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in honor of the brave knight Tristan and wizard Vithric for defeating the evil Nethergrim. Yet now animals and children start disappearing and everyone realizes the Nethergrim has returned! Edmund, a struggling student of magic, knows he must do something when his brother goes missing, so he and his friends set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine.

NorthWest Passage
by Stan Rogers

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Chosen by Ashley

Artist Matt James takes the iconic song "Northwest Passage" by legendary Canadian songwriter and singer Stan Rogers and tells the dramatic story of the search for the elusive route through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific. James's striking paintings bring a unique vision to the song and the history behind it, providing commentary on the Franklin expedition and its failure to heed the wisdom of Inuit living in the North.



Teen Picks

by Rainbow Rowell

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Chosen by Tressa

Cath and her twin sister, Wren, are ensconced in the Simon Snow series fandom. Now that they're going to college, Wren is growing distant from Cath, who suddenly finds herself on her own. Now Cath has a surly roommate with a charming, always around best-friend-maybe-boyfriend, a professor who thinks fan fiction is drivel, and she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Jeremy Stone
by Leslie Choyce

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Chosen by Tressa

Jeremy is trying to find out where he fits in the world. He meets Caitlan, who needs a friend, and isn't sure whether he has much to offer her besides solid support. A lot of the support comes from Old Man, the spirit of Jeremy's dead grandfather, with whom he has frequent illuminating conversations. In fact, Jeremy has frequent contact with the spirit world, and each of these spirits help Jeremy find his way through a quagmire of bullying and racial taunts toward a more stable future.

The Fifth Wave
by Rick Yancey

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Chosen by Brenna

It's the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely highway, Cassie runs from Them, in order to save her brother. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets mysterious Evan Walker. Cassie must choose: trust or despair, defiance or surrender. To give up or to get up.

by Marie Lu

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Chosen by Brenna

June is a prodigy in the Republic's highest military circles. Day is the country's most wanted criminal. When June's brother is murdered, Day becomes the prime suspect. They are caught in a game of cat and mouse, but in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together.

Arctic Giants
by Neil Christopher

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Chosen by Maureen

In ancient times, giants ruled the Arctic. These were fearsome creatures, some so large and powerful that they could wade into the ocean to catch whales using their bare hands!

This book is based on Inuit oral tradition and for hundreds of years these legends have been carried down from generation to generation, whispered quietly in the night. Unsparingly told in the vein of the Brothers Grimm, this powerful cultural legacy is bound to become part of Canada's fairytale canon. This rich and dramatic Arctic folklore with its spectacular illustrations will cast a spell on children and adults alike.

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

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Chosen by Karlee

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

Made For You
by Melissa Marr

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Chosen by Billy

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused--who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her, the town darling, with their car? And why? But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's racy thriller--a story of small-town oppression and salvation.

Princess Bride
by William Goldman

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Chosen by Robbie

Originally published in 1973, William Goldman's classic tale has now sold over one million copies. The 1987 movie perfectly captured the spirit of the book--a whimsical story of true love and high adventure, pirates and giants, monsters and princesses, miracles and narrow escape. This new edition's beautiful new package will attract a new generation of readers.

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