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Beneath Raven Moon

Crow Cottage Publishing


There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky.

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Canada’s award-winning author David Bouchard is Métis. The author of over fifty bestselling books, his If You’re Not From the Prairie is on Maclean’s list of the top 20 children’s books in the history of Canada. David was a teacher and a principle for many years before turning to writing.

“I grew up in a white, Catholic society knowing nothing of my Métis roots. Recently a force has drawn me (pushed is perhaps more telling) to explore my own Native bloodlines. This journey, the ideas, the contacts and the passion are all inspired by my grandmother, my teacher, my Nokum!”

 
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1212

Second Story Press


In a world where thousands are dying over matters of religion, where do you go? What do you believe? Who do you put your own faith in? These questions, so relevent to growing up in 2006, are also questions faced by young people hundreds of years ago as th

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Kathleen McDonnell is an award-winning author and playwright of adult and children’s literature, including The Notherland Journeys series—The Nordlings, The Shining World, and The Songweavers—and Honey, We Lost the Kids. Born in Chicago, Kathleen lives in Toronto with her family.

 
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Laurel's Quest

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Cornwall Adventures


Have you ever wondered how you would handle it if your mom was terminally ill? What if you were sent to stay with people you didn't even know in another country because your father was at the hospital all the time? Laurel is faced with both of these realities, what she really wants is a miracle. She wants her mom to be cured of cancer. Join Laurel as she pursues her quest amidst the magic of the Cornish countryside. She is aided by her new friends Coll, Gort, and Aisling and helped along in her quest by the creatures of legend and myth. Vear Du, the Selkie, Gwin Scawen, the Cornish Piskie, Belerion the fire salamander, Morgawr the flying sea serpent who does Vear Du a favour, and Cormoran, the last giant of Cornwall. They must battle the odds in the form of bullies and confusing clues. Will they emerge victorious? Will Laurel have the courage to solve the riddle and fulfill her quest a reality?

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Laurel’s Quest is full of beautiful images: of the strange fairy folk, the Lady of the Lake, crystal horses and the labyrinth inside the Tor of Avalon. The touching sentiment of faith, hope, kindness and secrets revealed, reinforces the truth: there is magic in friendship.

 
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Getting the Brush Off

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Limelights


Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Sydney Hart was kicked out of the prestigious Burke Academy when her mother could no longer afford the tuition. She lost a promising future in the arts, as well as her best friend, who didn't want to be seen with an art-academy reject. But now, without Burke's rigid structure, Sydney has found her true passion in performance painting and is busking on Halifax's boardwalk to earn enough money to go to art camp. After the police shut her down, Sydney learns her old school is hosting a "brush-off" speed-painting contest with a cash prize. Entering would mean facing her painful past, not to mention her former friend, who's also competing.

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"When I grab an Orca title, I expect a few things: fast pace, interesting storyline, clear writing, good message, and an overall quick read. Getting the Brush Off delivers on all these, and I look forward to adding it to my school library's collection. Highly Recommended."

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Joyce creates a protagonist that you care about and that eases some disappointment. The message comes through loud and clear that one must challenge expectations and be true to one's own dreams and goals even in the face of outside pressure to do otherwise. Getting the Brush Off would be a solid addition to any library collection in need of high-interest low-vocabulary selections.

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"A feel-good story with a tidy, happy ending."

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Mere Joyce writes short stories as well as novels and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. As both a writer and a librarian, she understands the importance of reading and the impact the right story can have on young minds. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her family. For more information, visit www.merejoyce.com.

 
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Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch

Second Story Press | The Lunch Bunch Series


Bernadette Inez O’Brian Schwartz is a very small girl with a very long name and a very BIG imagination! "Everyone agreed that Bernadette Inez O'Brian Schwartz was a most unusual child. Her first word was ‘Why?’ So was her second word, and then her third…"

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Susan Glickman is a writer and a poet. She started writing about the adventures of Bernadette and her friends for her own children. Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch was the first book in the series, followed by Bernadette in the Doghouse and finally with Bernadette to the Rescue. Susan lives in Toronto with her family.

 
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The Salt Box

BWL Publishing Inc.


A pristine planet is about to undergo a terrible change. Hepitia, the Star Goddess, watches a spaceship careen out of control through her galaxy. Embroiled in an old quarrel with her goddess sisters, Hepitia allows the ship to crash land on a green and silver planet, knowing it will unleash chaos where Arianhod and Ulyia rule. Augustus carries the last of his species in the spacecraft. They crash on a forested hill the natives consider a god-place. Before long Augustus finds the planet is unlike anything he’s ever experienced. Megaliths stand silent in the forest. Strange beings flit in and out of their vision. There are strange water-filled portals to the goddesses’ Otherworld. When a young man of the planet and a daughter of Augustus’ people disappear, the two species come together to search for their lost ones. When they locate Ruulf and Isabeaux, what will they find? Who will live and who will die?

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Fantastic adventure - Beautifully written and highly imaginative. Mythical characters with goddesses and the meeting of two species.

 
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A Riddle of Roses

Second Story Press


Meryl's mother was a great bard -- a storyteller and musician who sang of life and the world around her. Meryl, already an orphan, wants fo follow in her mother's footsteps. Highly spirited and curious, she has broken a sacred rule and has been suspended

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Caryl Cude Mullin grew up on an island on Canada’s eastern shore, and as a result she developed an abiding fascination with islands and odd characters. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 
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Second Story Press | The Poppy Series


Poppy, heroine of the internationally bestselling chapter books A Monster in My Cereal, A Ghost in My Mirror, Witch’s Brew and Poppy’s Whale is involved in a new adventure. When a supply teacher disdainfully accuses her of being a bird brain, Poppy turns

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Marie-Francine Hébert is an award-winning writer for young people of all ages. Her books and work for television and film have garnered many prizes, among them the Governor General’s Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Munich Library’s White Ravens Selection.

 
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A Ghost in My Mirror

Second Story Press


Poppy is visiting her grandmother. Before going to bed, she sees a picture of someone who looks just like her – Grandma’s sister Daisy, who died when she was the same age as Poppy. Soon, Poppy falls asleep only to be awakened by strange noises. She is led

 
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The Orphan Rescue

Second Story Press


It is 1937 Poland, and Miriam is devastated when her grandparents tell her that they can no longer survive as a family, and that the only solution is for David to go to an orphanage. Leaving her young brother behind with strangers breaks her heart, and Miriam decides to rescue him. When Miriam learns that David is being forced to work in a factory by the unscrupulous orphanage director, she realizes that rescuing him may prove difficult. Help comes in the unlikely form of Benji, the orphanage’s resident bully, whose mean exterior hides a lonely boy inside. With his help Miriam is able to expose what is happening at the factory and reunite her family.

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Anne Dublin is a former teacher-librarian and award-winning author living in Toronto. She has written two biographies for Second Story Press—June Callwood: A Life of Action and Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything—as well as Dynamic Women Dancers, part of the Women’s Hall of Fame series, and two children’s historical fiction novels 44 Hours or Strike! and The Orphan Rescue.

 
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