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Great Reading

For the week of Jan. 22 to 29, 2020



The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh
By Supriya Kelkar
Harpreet has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka – his turban – smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?

My Footprints
By Bao Phi
Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage – just like Thuy.


Don't Tell the Nazis
By Marsha Skrypuch
In 1941, Krystia lives in a small Ukrainian village under the occupation of the Soviets. When the Nazis march into town to liberate them, many of Krystia's neighbours welcome the troops with celebrations. But when the Jewish people in town are blamed for murders they didn't commit, Krystia is forced to do what she can to help her friends and her village.

Camp Average
By Craig Battle
A group of 11-year-olds arrives to spend six weeks playing sports at camp – which they affectionately call Camp Average, because they never win at any sport. And that's the way they like it! But this summer, the new camp director – who hates losing – has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they want to or not!

Fun Facts

Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs
By Christopher Reid
In 1939 T.S. Eliot wrote the “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” which much later led to the popular stage musical “Cats” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Just recently, this companion volume about dogs, has happily arrived for the pleasure of dog lovers. Enjoy the comical illustrations by Elliot Elam.

If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
By Joyce Lapin
Imagine you and your friends travel in a rocket to the moon equipped with balloons, candles, party hats and decorations. What an experience it would be! Say yes to the invitation and learn first-hand all about the moon and space travel.

Young Adult

There’s Something About Sweetie
By Sandhya Menon
Ashish Patel is the star basketball player who could get any girl he wants, but all of that changes when his girlfriend, Celia, dumps him. Sweetie Nair is intelligent, beautiful, and an amazing athlete who happens to be fat. Ashish and Sweetie begin to find their true selves while dating under contract.

Your Brain Needs a Hug
By Rae Earl
Funny and accessible, this book provides teens with an overview of mental health conditions and treatments. Earl draws from her own experience, reassuring readers who struggle with anxiety, phobias, depression, self-harm and more.


Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season
By Bernd Brunner
A sweeping, beautiful survey of all things winter. A farmer painstakingly photographs five thousand snowflakes. Indigenous peoples thrive on frozen terrain, where famous explorers perish. This lovingly illustrated meditation on winter entwines the spectacular with the everyday, expertly capturing the essence of a beloved yet dangerous season, which is all the more precious in an era of climate change.

Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard
By Jenna Butler
From the endangered Canadian boreal forest to the environmentally threatened Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, Jenna Butler takes us on a sea voyage that connects continents and traces the impacts of climate change on northern lands. With a conservationist, female gaze, she questions explorer narratives and the mythic draw of the polar North.