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Great Reading

For the week of Nov. 13 to 20, 2019



By Yuyi Morales
A mother and her child make the life-changing journey from Mexico to America. Vibrant animation brings to life their first important encounter with libraries and books, and how this experience impacts the challenges they face in having to communicate in a language they are not familiar with.

Count the Monkeys
By Mac Barnett
Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett's brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell's luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again.



The Very, Very Far North
By Dan Bar-el
In the Very, Very Far North, there lives a variety of creatures: C.C., the brainy snowy owl; Handsome, the vain but well-mannered musk ox; Magic, the prank-playing arctic fox; Twitch, the twitchy hare; and Duane the polar bear. Duane's friendships and explorations of his snowy home follow in the tradition of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories.

By Jamie Smith
On Choosing Day, children of Adranna are finally eligible to test if they are worthy of bonding a Frostsliver. Only one in a hundred are destined to succeed. If chosen, they will have to climb to the top of the glacier and cut a piece off for themselves, so that they may be granted the powers they've always dreamed of. And when Sabira is chosen, an entire world of possibilities opens up to her!


Fun Facts

A Book About Whales
By Andrea Antinori
This book explores what makes whales different from other underwater creatures. It shows how whales have evolved over millions of years, puts the massive size of these creatures into perspective, and even explains how to tell the difference between 10 different types of whales.

Science You Can Eat
By Stefan Gates
Experimenting with food is a fun way to learn some basics of chemistry and physics. Find out why popcorn pops. Try chewing gum and eating chocolate at the same time and find out what happens. Surprise! Discover a fast, easy, and delicious way to make ice cream at home. A great book for browsing or testing things out to see what really works!


Young Adult

By Brittney Morris
Seventeen-year-old Kiera secretly creates an online virtual reality game that becomes a safe haven for Black gamers called SLAY. Despite its massive popularity, Kiera manages to keep her identity secret. But after one of the players is murdered, how far will she go to protect her community?

The Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl
By Kristine Scarrow
Zach is a gamer who loves adventure, but nothing has prepared him for being trapped in a mall battling the biggest storm in Saskatchewan's history. On top of everything, he has finally met the girl of his dreams but finds himself helping everyone else stay safe while his best friend spends time with her.



Days by Moonlight: a novel
By Andre Alexis
Botanist Alfred Homer is invited on a road trip by his parents' friend Professor Bruno. This is a journey through an underworld that looks like southern Ontario's. It is a land of house burnings, werewolves, witches, and plants with unusual properties. The novel is a darkly comic portrait of two beings: Alfred Homer and the Southern Ontario he loves. Winner of the 2019 Writers Trust Award for Fiction.

Older sister. Not necessarily related: a memoir
By Jenny Heijun Wills
Wills was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada. In her late 20s, she reconnected with her first family in Seoul. She describes in visceral, lyrical prose the painful ripple effects that follow a child's removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness. Winner of the 2019 Writers Trust Award for Nonfiction.