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- by Mary Harelki Bishop
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Instead of having fun on a school field trip to the mountains, 13-year-old Andrea has to spend the weekend with her family at a boring wedding in boring Moose Jaw. She barely listens when the restaurant owner describes a time when gangsters and gamblers hid in secret tunnels below Moose Jaw streets. Then Andrea accidentally falls into one of those tunnels and finds herself back in time, being pulled along a tunnel path in the 1920s and forced to work for the gangsters in the city's dangerous underground. Can Andrea outsmart the gangsters and escape from them? Will she ever see her family again? This first book in the popular children's adventure series features language that has been updated since the book's initial release in 2000. The chapters have been shortened for easier reading and read alouds, especially for teachers and parents. Readers will also enjoy the addition of 12 black and white illustrations, Historical Notes, an Ask the Author section, and Discussion Questions.
- by Colleen Nelson
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For Kaia, setting foot outside can be deadly. Climate change has made Earth too dangerous for people to live anywhere but inside the City. Run on the energy created by its Citizens and sustainable in every way, the City uses microchips, called pulse points, to control the energy its inhabitants use. When Kaia's pulse point malfunctions, she experiences freedom from the strict City rules for the first time in her life. With unlimited energy, she doesn't need to run for hours on a sensor mat, and she can share energy to hide her grandmother's failing health. But a shocking discovery makes her question what goes on inside the City walls and sets her on a journey to discover the world outside them.
- by Colleen Nelson
Young adult softcover
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Sadia wishes life in high school was as straightforward as a game of basketball.
Fifteen-year-old Sadia Ahmadi is passionate about one thing: basketball. Her best friend Mariam, on the other hand, wants to get noticed by the popular crowd and has started de-jabbing, removing her hijab, at school every morning. Sadia’s mom had warned her that navigating high school could be tricky. As much as she hates to admit it, her mom was right.
When tryouts for an elite basketball team are announced, Sadia jumps at the opportunity. Her talent speaks for itself. Her head scarf, on the other hand, is a problem; especially when a discriminatory rule means she has to choose between removing her hijab and not playing. Mariam, Sadia’s parents, and her teammates all have different opinions about what she should do. But it is Sadia who has to find the courage to stand up for herself and fight for what is right — on and off the court.
- by David Alexander Robertson
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On her way to school one day, Sarah is relieved to find the book she'd dropped the day before - shortly after an encounter with a bear. But when she opens it, the story within, about the Cree chief Mistahimaskwa, comes alive. It takes Sarah back to the Saskatchewan Plains of 1832, where the young boy who would become the great chief first learns the ways of his people, to the final days of his life.
The Chief is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique seven-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of seven great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history--some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4-6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills.