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Winnipeg Kids & Teen Staff Picks

Picks are broken down into Kids and Teen recommendations.

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Kids Picks

Mittens to Share
by Emil Sher and Irene Luxbacher

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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." 

$19.99 Hardcover
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Invisible Emmie

by Terri Libenson

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Chosen by Josef

"This new book from Terri Libenson is a funny, touching, and spot-on true look into middle school life. Emmie is an invisible girl, so quiet she's ignored by most of her class-mates. She gets by with one good friend, and her art and poems. Kate goes to the same school and has it ALL together—friends, grades, looks, money. When a love poem Emmie wrote to a crush is spread around the school, she is finally noticed. The two girls' stories are done in different styles and it really helps the story as we learn that neither one is quite what she tells us, and that they may have MUCH more in common than anyone might think!"

$13.50 Paperback
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A Greyhound, a Ground Hog
by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans

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Chosen by Kathleen

"Possibly the best read-aloud book of all time. Short and sweet, with amazing wordplay."

$23.99 Hardcover
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Pandora
by Victoria Turnbull

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Chosen by Kathleen 

"A gorgeously illustrated, tender story about friendship, loneliness, and bringing life to broken things."

$23.99 Hardcover
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Audrey Hepburn
by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

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Chosen by Lainey

"This book tells the story of how Audrey Hepburn got her start in her dancing and acting career. Through wonderful illustrations, we see how Audrey made it through World War II when she was just a child, and later in life, her humanitarian career. With added facts about Audrey Hepburn in the back of the book, this wonderful addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series will always brightens your day."

$17.99 Hardcover
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Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett

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Chosen by Lainey

"Annabelle lives in a colourless town until she finds a box full of colourful yarn. She starts off small by knitting sweaters for everyone, but then she starts knitting sweaters for their houses! She quickly learns that the box has unlimited amounts of yarn...but only to certain people. Extra Yarn is such a sweet adorable read that includes gorgeous illustrations by Jon Klassen."

$21.99 Hardcover
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The Sleeper and the Spindle
by Neil Gaiman

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Chosen by Liza

"A darkly funny, re-imagined fairy tale, between Snow White and Sleeping Beauty (sort of), filled with wicked magic and princesses who do not need rescuing, but who decide their own fate. Gorgeously detailed and stunning illustrations are by Chris Riddell."

$24.99 Hardcover
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Dragons and Marshmallows
by Asia Citro

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Chosen by Liza

"In the first book of this series, Zoey learns an amazing secret! Injured magical creatures come to her for help! Will they be able to help a sick baby dragon named Marshmallow? This series combines science, adventure and mystery, and is perfect for emergent readers."

$8.50 Hardcover
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A Boy Called Bat

by Elana K. Arnold

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Chosen by Margaret

"Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) is an irresistible young boy who is on the autism spectrum. On a 'good-suprise' day, his mother brings home a skunk kit from her vet office that needs to be take care of, and Bat knows they belong together. This is a gentle, heartfelt story with an unforgettable character"

$21.00 Hardcover
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Pablo and Birdy
by Alison McGhee

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Chosen by Margaret

"This gentle middle grade novel  captured my heart. Pablo and his parrot, Birdy, washed up on the shores of the seaside town of Isla when he was just a baby. Now 10 years later he is searching for answers about his past. This delightful story, laced with magic realism, is full of wonderful stories and sayings. It is a charming, and  funny story of friendship and family."

$23.99 Hardcover
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How Plants and Trees Work
by Christiane Dorion

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Chosen by Solana

"An interactive book full of the most interesting plant facts you'll ever read. Beautiful illustrations and easily digestible facts will make you want to flip through this book over and over again."

$26.99 Hardcover
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 100 Things to Know About the Human Body

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Chosen by Solana

"Did you know that people fart more on planes? You will find out why and learn much more about the human body in this selection of over 100 fascinating facts."

$18.95 Hardcover
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Teen Picks

The Swan Riders
by Erin Bow

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Chosen by Joan

"Once she was a princess, held hostage so that her mother didn't declare war on neighbouring countries.  Now she's an AI, destined for a larger stage, served by the swan riders who sweep in whenever she wants them.  But can Greta save her beloved friend who seems to attract bad news no matter what he does."

$15.99 Paperback
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Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth

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Chosen by Joan

 "Two cultures are at war, the gentle Thuvhes and the fierce warrior Shotets.  Cyra is Shotet royalty but she is moved by the loyalty of Arkos, a Thuvhe who is searching for his brother. Will she let herself slip into more than friendship and can she do it while remaining loyal to her own country?"

$15.99 Paperback
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Journal Sparks
by Emily K Neuburger

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Chosen by Kathleen

"A very cool book full of activities and prompts to make your own art journal, with an interview by Keri Smith, creator of Wreck This Journal. Stimulate your creativity!"

$24.95 Paperback
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Rookie Yearbook One
by Tavi Gevinson

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Chosen by Lainey

 "Taken from the Rookiemag website and put into book form, this first installment of the Rookie Yearbooks features essays of personal experiences, advice pieces, as well as interviews from Joss Whedon, Amy Poehler, and Aubrey Plaza to name a few. Rookie Yearbook is so important for girls today!"

$35.00 Paperback
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They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

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Chosen by Lainey

"Yet again, Adam Silvera doesn't disappoint with his 3rd, and frankly, stunning novel. They Both Die At the End follows two main characters, Mateo and Rufus who complement each other in the best way. It's such a powerful novel that will most likely leave you in a puddle of tears, but only because you instantly fall for Mateo and Rufus within the first pages of their respective chapters. If I could, I would buy a copy for everyone I know, just so they can read it."

$21.99 Hardcover
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Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo

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Chosen by Liza

"In this sequel to Six of Crows, cunning Kaz Brekker has just pulled off an epic and impossible heist. Now he will need his band of deadly and outcast friends more than ever if he wants to survive the coming battle of revenge and redemption in the Grisha underworld."

$26.99 Hardcover
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The Disappearances
by Emily Bain Murphy

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Chosen by Solana

"Part mystery and part magical realism Murphy creates a world so believable you'll want to go out and buy yourself some variants."

$24.99 Hardcover
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Maresi
by Maria Turtshaninoff

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Chosen by Solana

"This novel is set in an idyllic abbey where girls go to escape abusive families and learn all about the world. It's main focus is on developing and maintaining strong female relationships, with a hint of pirates on the side."

$11.99 Paperback
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Even the Darkest Stars
by Heather Fawcett

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Chosen by Stephanie

"From Canadian author Heather Fawcett comes the magical, snowy adventure that'll make you want to be able to navigate the stars to go on your own adventures. Filled with dragons, mountains, witches and revenge, Even the Darkest Stars is the adventure that'll make you realize that even on the most dangerous adventures, not everything and everyone is who they seem."

$21.99 Hardcover
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A Shadow Bright and Burning
by Jessica Cluess

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Chosen by Stephanie

"In a Victorian world where sorcerers, magicians and ancient demons reign, there is one to defend, one to deceive and one to destroy. The world is in need of protection from the Ancients, and the people think Henrietta Howel is the prophesied one that will save them all. Filled with magic, deception, monsters and hidden pasts, A Shadow Bright and Burning is the story of what happens to a girl who was the wrong place at the wrong time."

$13.99 Paperback
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