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.

Ancient Thunder
by Leo Yerxa

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Chosen by Allison

A beautiful and visionary book, Ancient Thunder celebrates wild horses and the natural world of the prairies. Using an extraordinary paper-leathering technique, Leo Yerxa, an artist of Ojibway ancestry creates art that is accompanied by a rich song of praise for the wild horses that came to play such an important role in the lives of the First Peoples. Years in the making, the book is truly a work of art -- one that reflects Yerxa's sense of nature and the place of the First Peoples within it.


by Cynthia Rylant

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Chosen by Lori

Poppleton the pig makes a friend, reads a library book about adventure, and helps a sick friend get better.

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

Marylyn's Monster
by Michelle Knudsen

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Chosen by Maureen

Some of the kids in Marilyn's class have monsters. Marilyn doesn't have hers yet, but she can't just go out and look for one. Your monster has to find you. Marilyn tries to be patient and the kind of girl no monster can resist, but her monster doesn't come. Could she go out and search for him herself? Even if that's not the way it works?This is a story about one little girl and the perfect monster she knows is out there . . . and what happens when she decides she's waited long enough.

Interstellar Cinderella
by Deborah Underwood 

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Chosen by Maureen

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets. With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince's ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

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.

Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr Seuss

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Chosen by Robbie

Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
by Ian Flemming

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Chosen by Robbie

Published fifty years ago in 1964, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car introduced the world to the thrilling adventures of the "crackpot" Pott family and the flying car with a mind of her own. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang became an instant bestseller that has been reinvented as a musical and a film (with a screenplay co-written by Roald Dahl) and has also inspired three sequels written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. 

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.

Flora and Ulysses
by Kate DiCamillo

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Chosen by Lindsay

The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry -- and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.



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?

A Perfect Gentle Knight
by Kit Pearson

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Chosen by Tressa

Set in the 1950s, this novel follows the story of the 5 Bell children, each of them coping in various ways in the aftermath of their mother's death. Seen through the perspective of 11-year-old Corrie, A Perfect Gentle Knight illustrates how a rich fantasy life both helps and hinders children trying to cope with loss, loneliness, and growing up.While elder sister Roz is growing up and out of the desire for fantasy games, eldest brother Sebastian, who fancies himself Sir Lancelot in their Round Table game, continues to need it as much as ever, creating tension in the family and concern for Corrie, who worries that he may have lost his grip on reality.

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.

The Program
by Suzanne Young

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Chosen by Brenna

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane knows that everyone who's been through The Program returns with their depression gone--but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance, the only person Sloane can be herself with is James. She knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything, but The Program is coming for them.

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 rich and dramatic Arctic folklore is based on Inuit oral tradition and for hundreds of years these legends have been carried down through each 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.

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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