Winnipeg Kids & Teen Staff Picks

Lynn's Pick

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Eleven year old Melody has cerebral palsy. She can't walk, dress or feed herself. She also can't talk or write. But her brain is very active; she has an almost photographic memory and is smart smart smart. She also has supportive parents who believe in her and try to give her all the advantages they can. Melody's world changes dramatically when she gets a computer that can talk for her. This is a girl with lots to say! Now she can communicate with people but she still has to overcome all of the hidden and not so hidden prejudices that the world has of disabled people. A book for kids and teens and parents.

Ashley's Pick

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Dash and Lily are two social outcasts and complete strangers running around New York City sending each other on missions by passing a red notebook back and forth. A smart, witty, and heartwarming story. 

Megan's Pick

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt
Twelve year old Max's parents have mysteriously gone missing. Can Max live independantly while investigating his parents' disappearance? The first book in Cynthia Voigt's new series is a curious coming of age tale full of intrigue and inexplicable events. Anyone who enjoys the Professor Layton Nintendo games will love this book!


Wendy's Pick

The Green Man by Michael Bedard
The Green Man is a supernatural mystery that explores the possibility of magic bleeding through into our contemporary world making you think about the power of words and the strength of life. There are ghosts in our realities; some choose not to see them. Can The Green Man book shop and its collection of poets (both living and dead) keep Ophelia and her aunt Emily alive and safe long enough to vanquish a malevolent magician spirit desperate for their souls? A polished gem bursting with ideas you'll want to read again and again.

Cathy's Pick

Mister Got To Go by Lois Simmie
This story is set in a real hotel on English Bay in Vancouver, where a stray cat comes looking for a place to get out of the rain. Seven years later the hotel manager is still saying the cat has got to go but everyone, including the manager, knows the cat has found the perfect home. The beautiful watercolour illustrations are packed with humorous details which add to the story.


Margaret's Pick

Half Magic by Edward Eager
It all started with a strange coin and Jane's wish that something exciting would happen. It turns out the coin grants wishes, but only half, so you must for twice the magic. This timeless, charming story is very ingenious and just plain fun!

Joan's Pick

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
Adam struggles to cope with OCD, trucking back and forth between his busy father and his increasingly strange mother. But when gorgeous Robyn joins his support group he feels his heart lift and possibly even soar.



Ana's Pick

Ballad by Blexbolex
Enchanting and too lovely describe, Ballad builds up to a magnificent story with some unexpected twists, secret plots and a most unexpected hero. As the words fall apart, the story is held together by magnificent illustrations. It is near impossible to look at this book just once. 

Shanleigh's Pick

Instructions by Neil Gaiman
A traveler sets out on fantastical journey in an achingly familiar fairy tale world, encountering all kinds of adventures and where nothing is as it seems. Remember: trust the wolves, help those who need it, and do not forget your name. Follow these guidelines and you will find your way safely home. Truly like something out a dream, Instructions is a gorgeously illustrated picture book to be enjoyed by young ones and old ones of all ages.

Josef's Pick

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Wayside school was built sideways; 30 stories with one classroom each. This classic humour novel follows the children on the 30th floor, one child at a time. The laughs and self reference flow easily in what is actually a cleverly disguised collection of short stories masquerading as a chapter book. 

Diane's Pick

On the Road Again! by Marie-Louise Gay
Another of Charlie's quirky vacations with his family, where a sleepy little village in France is anything but.




Alex's Pick

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
At first glance, this is your typical paranormal romance, complete with a mysterious (and highly attractive) stranger and supernatural goings-on. Unspoken, however, transcends the genre. Brennan takes the conventions of a YA paranormal romance and makes it fresh; the heroine is an aspiring sleuth, the setting is straight out of your favourite Gothic novel, and Brennan acknowledges that falling in love with the voice in your head is actually super creepy. Unspoken is hilarious and heartbreaking, and I promise you won't be able to put it down. Perfect for anybody who likes to read (including fans of Twilight and The Mortal Instruments). 

Devon's Pick 

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzburgh
To call a book "life-changing' is cliche, unless it's true, which in this case it is. This is a book that turns kids into writers: notebook-carrying,hyper-observant, curious writers. Harriet M. Welsch is my friend and heroine, forever and always. 


Cam's Pick

Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt
For intelligent teens unready to forgive their tormentors, but too interior to bother with enacting a searing revenge: Jane, the Fox & Me is a paeon to childhood bouts of solitude, replete with a sensitive retelling of Jane Eyre, that perennially relevant put-down of the gothic domestic! Truly, this book is a beautiful account of loneliness and friendship amid drear and dear surroundings, and Isabelle Arsenault's illustrations perfectly evoke the sad, expansive and above all companionable spaces that loom above our heads as children. The message is manifold and perfect: Do not surrender! Be kind to animals! Read the classics! 

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