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Winnipeg Kids & Teen Staff Picks


Winnipeg Kids and Teen Staff Picks

Picks are broken down into Kids and Teen recommendations.

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Kids Picks

The Littlest Family's Big Day
by Emily Winfield Martin

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Chosen by Liza

"One of my favourite children's illustrators! A sweet book about an adorable little woodland family who have a big adventure. The magical pictures are full of lovely details and gorgeous colours"

We Sang You Home
by Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett

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Chosen by Liza

 "A sweet book for new parents by celebrated Canadian author Richard Van Camp, and Canadian illustrator Julie Flett.  The rhyming text and bold pictures show the wonder and excitement of bringing a new baby into the world, and the bond between parent and child."  

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

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Chosen by Kathleen

 "The perfect fantasy story. A girl with huge magical potential. An old, kind witch. A swamp monster as old as time. A Perfectly Tiny Dragon. And a whole bunch of paper birds." 

Pinocchio: The Origin Story
by Alessandro Sanna 

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Chosen by Kathleen 

"You know the story of Pinnocchio. But what came before? Italian illustrator Alessandro Sanna answers this question in breathtaking wordless watercolour. Seriously just open it, you'll fall in love."

The Lost Property Office
by James R Hannibal

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Chosen by Margaret

"This is an action packed fantasy adventure through history, complete with mysteries, gadget, and magic. Jack Buckles travels to London with his sister and mother to find his father and finds himself drawn into a chase through London.

This story appealed to me because of it's historical references and nods to Sherlockian mysteries. It doesn't talk down to it's intended audience and holds the excitement throughout."

Mittens to Share
by Emil Sher

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Chosen by Cathy

 "Mittens to Share by Canadian author Emil Sher is a simple, heartwarming story about a lost mitten that becomes a shared joy. It is beautifully illustrated in mixed media." 

Du Iz Tak
by Carson Ellis

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Chosen by Mariana

 "This book is in an insect language, but that doesn't mean you won't understand it! Follow the story as some little creatures decide what to make of a flowering plant." 

Funny Bones
by Duncan Tonatiuh 

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Chosen by Mariana

 "This beautifully illustrated book describes the life and art of one of my favourite artists, José Guadalupe Posada, known for his drawings and etchings of calaveras. Funny Bones also describes different printmaking methods Posada used with illustrations that are easy to follow. A good introduction to Mexcian art and printmaking for youngsters!"



Teen Picks

This One Summer
by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

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Chosen by Mariana

"The Tamaki cousins who brought us Skim published This One Summer a couple of years ago. Pensive, delicate, beautiful, heartbreaking - this coming of age story is for a young adult reader. Very true to life." 

by Lisa Moore

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Chosen by Joan

"16-year-old Flannery lives in poverty with a flighty, undependable mother.  Flannery's best friend Amber is in love with a dangerous boy and Flannery's long-time friend Tyronne, with whom she may be in love, has so many issues that he can't help her in their joint entrepreneurship project for school.  But maybe her love potion business will solve all her problems." 

Beware That Girl
by Teresa Toten

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Chosen by Joan

 "Scholarship student Kate, determined to get in to Yale University, befriends the ultra wealthy but unstable Olivia.  When Olivia is targeted by a charismatic school administrator, Kate has to act. How dangerous can it be?" 

The Diabolic
by S.J. Kincaid

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Chosen by Margaret

"A Diabolic is a ruthless, engineered human bonded to the one they are meant to protect. Nemesis is bonded to a Galactic Empire Senator's daughter and would give her life for Sidonia. She would also take as many lives as it would take to protect her.

This refreshingly different sci fi thriller is one of the best I have read in quite a while. Heady action and some romance makes me wish this wasn't a stand alone novel." 

by Sally Gardner

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Chosen by Kathleen

 "A dark fairy tale with haunting illustrations. Beautiful poetic prose. Good for curling up with a warm blanket on a cold night." 

The Nameless City
by Faith Erin Hicks

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Chosen by Kathleen

"A city that is re-conquered and re-named over and over. A boy who is learning to be a soldier. A street girl who climbs rooftops like a monkey. A book that should be in everyone's library." 

The Lie Tree
by Francis Hardinge

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Chosen by Shanleigh

 "Faith may seem the image of a dutiful and docile Victorian daughter, but beneath is the intelligent and conniving mind of a true science-loving heroine. Add in a haunting mystery and a creepy supernatural plant, and you've got yourself one hell of a book."

The Serpent King
by Jeff Zetner

Chosen by Lainey

 "This book is witty, sad, painful, but hopeful. This strong debut by Jeff Zentner will stay with you for a long time." 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz  

Chosen by Lainey

"This is a beautiful book about love, friendship, identity, and family. It's impossible to not fall in love with the story and the characters."

Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler

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Chosen by Hannah

  "In a stunningly perfect novel, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, don’t tell anyone) and artist Maira Kalman reveal why Min and Ed broke up. Told in a series of objects and letters, I dare you to read the first page and be able to step away from the novel Vanity fair called “Witty, and achingly true to life.” 

The Steep and Thorny Way
by Cat Winters

Chosen by Ashley

"Something is rotten in the state of Oregon. You don't want to be seen as different in the 1920s for fear of the ever present threat of the KKK. Hanalee Denney becomes suspicious of everyone when the ghost of her father appears and warns her that she is in great danger. Shakespeare's Hamlet meets the roaring 20s with bootlegging, racism, and danger at every turn."

Sloppy Firsts
by Megan Mccafferty

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Chosen by Ashley

  "What do you do when your best friend and the only person who actually understands you moves across the country? With classmates that care more about models and parents who only want to talk about her big sister's upcoming wedding, Jessica is feeling lost and extremely lonely. Funny and Sarcastic, Jessica Darling, navigates the insanity of high school and the drama that goes along with it."