Book title: Divergent Author: Veronica Roth Bibliographic entry Roth, V. (2011). Divergent. Harper Collins. Description On Choosing Day, Triss chooses to leave her faction and join another where she is faced with challenges of physical and mental limits to be ranked amongst her peers. Her training is immediately put to use after graduation, as a conspiracy […]

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Book title: The Cat’s Table Author: Michael Ondaatje Bibliographic entry Ondaatje, M. (2011). The cat’s table. Random House Audio. Description An eleven-year old boy, Michael, boards a ship for a long voyage from Colombo to England.  As young boys will do, he befriends 2 other boys and together they explore all the nooks and crannies of […]

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Book title: Jeffrey and Sloth Author: Kari-Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson Bibliographic entry Winters, K.-L., & Hodson, B. (2007). Jeffrey and Sloth. Victoria, Canada: Orca Book. Description Intimidated by the blank page, young author Jeffrey tries to write a story but can only draw.  He creates a sloth who comes to life and starts to give Jeffrey […]

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Book title: The Adventures of Medical Man: Kids’ Illnesses and Injuries Explained Author: Dr. Michael Evans and David Wichman Bibliographic entry Evans, M., & Wichman, D. (2010). The adventures of medical man: Kids’ illnesses and injuries explained. Toronto, Canada: Annick Press. Description In this non-fiction graphic novel style book, Dr. Evan takes on the role of a […]

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Book title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Author: Stephen Chbosky Bibliographic entry Chbosky, S. (1999). The perks of being a wallflower. New York, NY: MTV Books. Description Charlie is a freshman in high school.  He is dealing with the recent suicide of his friend Michael and changes in his family as his brother has left […]

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Book title: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane Author: Suzanne Collins Bibliographic entry Collins, S. (2004). Underland Chronicles: Gregor and the prophecy of bane. New York, NY: Scholastic. Description In this 2nd book of the Underland Chronicles series Gregor reunites with his bat, Ares, and together they must overcome a new quest together.  Gregor is more greatly […]

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Book title: Story of a Girl (audiobook) Author: Sara Zarr Bibliographic entry Zarr, S. (2008). Story of a girl. New York, NY: Random House. Description 16 year old Deanna can’t get her life back on track after an incident at 13 when she was caught by her Dad naked with her boyfriend Tommy.  The story is […]

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Book title: Beauty Queens Author: Libba Bray Bibliographic entry  Bray, L. (2011). Beauty Queens. New York, NY: Scholastic. Description  50 contestants for the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant are heading towards their first tropical photo shoot, when the plane crashes.  The survivors bond together to survive learning how to be smart, deal with pirates and exfoliate […]

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Book title: Changeling Author: Philippa Gregory Bibliographic entry Gregory, P. (2012). Order of Darkness: Vol. 1. Changeling. Toronto, Canada: Simon Pulse. Description  The setting is Europe in 1453 and Luca, having grown up in a monastery, is asked to take on the work as an inquirer for the church.  He meets Isolde, a young woman trapped by […]

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Book title: The World Almanac for Kids 2013 Author: World Almanac Books Bibliographic entry  World Almanac Books (Ed.). (2013). The world almanac for kids 2013. New York, NY: World Almanac Books. Description  This almanac is filled with pictures and facts.  It highlights popular culture in the year 2012 and is organized by topic alphabetically from animals to […]

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Book title: Life Author: Keith Richards Bibliographic entry  Richards, K. (2010). Life. Hatchette Audio. Description  The autobiography of the infamous rock star.  It includes his early influences, his struggles with addiction, good times and bad times with The Rolling Stones.  His personal life is revealed through romantic escapades, marriage, and fatherhood. Reaction Filled with profanity and […]

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So many of the changes in our library, representing the new Ontario School Library Association’s document Together for Learning, are fundamentally shifting how we see popular culture’s role in education. The document recognizes the need for social networking and meeting the students where they are whether interested in graphic novels, anime or gaming. I allow gaming […]

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Book title:  In the snow: Who’s been here? Author:  Lindsay Barrett George Bibliographic entry Barrett George, L. (1995). In the snow: Who’s been here? New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. Description Barrett George explores North American winter animals through a simple repetitive theme.  The illustrations are very realistic and descriptive.  The book concludes with a fact sheet about each […]

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Book title:Just a second: A different way to look at time Author: Steve Jenkins Bibliographic entry Jenkins, S. (2011). Just a second: A different way to look at time. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Description  Jenkins provides infographic style pictures that focus on time: the history of time, comparisons with examples of different lengths of time starting […]

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