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Say What You Mean (Mean What You Say)

By Jan L. Coates Trap Door Books Ages 10–14 Most kids are born pretty literal-minded and eventually encounter the frustration of a world full of people who speak in metaphors, half-truths, white lies, allusions, and metaphors. “How nice,” they think, “it would be if I could just read minds.” When protagonist Jake MacKinnon’s wish comes […]

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Come Back to Earth, Esther!

By Josée Bisaillon Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 An award-winning illustrator (best known for Leap!, The Snow Knows, and Bedtime 1, 2, 3), Josée Bisaillon both wrote and illustrated this big-hearted tale about a space-obsessed girl whose dreams of building a spaceship and rocketing off to explore the universe. As you’d expect from such an accomplished […]

Sid the Kid and the Dryer

Story by Lesley Choyce, art by Brenda Jones Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 The story about a young Sidney Crosby practising his shot in his family’s Cole Harbour basement, spending endless hours dinging pucks off a battered washing machine, is already local legend. You can even visit the city’s most famous Whirlpool, now a cherished artifact […]

The Wereduck Code

By Dave Atkinson Nimbus Publishing Ages 10+ In the conclusion of his Hackmatack-award nominated Wereduck “thrillogy,” Atkinson picks up the story of young hero Kate, as she continues to search for a cure to her family’s ancient curse. This book is as gloriously strange as that summary suggests. Consider dialogue like: “I’ve just been doing […]

Ella McKeen Kickball Queen

By Beth Mills Carolrhoda Books Ages 4–8 Some kids call it kickball, others call it soccer baseball, but every kid knows the fiercely competitive playground game at the heart of this tale. One minute, it’s a pleasant summer afternoon with friends, with the eponymous protagonist enjoying her usual kickball dominance. Fortunes suddenly reverse as the […]

Owling

By Mark Wilson Storey Publishing Ages 7–11 “Enter the world of the mysterious birds of the night,” says the cover of this book, delivering what it promises right from the first page. Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson carefully documents the little-seen lives of these distinctive birds. He offers dramatic images of the 19 […]

Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk

By the editors of Storey Publishing Storey Publishing Ages 4–8 The second in a series aiming to inspire kids to play and learn outside, this book is a handy year-round resource in Nova Scotia, where the coast is never far away. With 12 interactive field guides (shells, jellyfish, and more), science experiments, games, stickers, and […]

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