Sponsored annually by the Ontario Library Association, the Red Maple Award reading program is geared to readers in Grade 7 and 8. Ten novels are nominated each year and ten non-fiction are selected every second year.
Carey Price by Catherine RondinaTwenty years ago, Carey Price was flying 319 kilometres across British Columbia in his father's plane so he could play on the nearest organized hockey team. Today, he is the highest-paid goalie in the NHL. But he's never forgotten where he started. The son of an NHL draftee and the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation, Carey got his start on skates as a toddler, first on a frozen creek and then on his father's homemade rink. The natural athlete went on to become the top amateur player in Canada in 2002, getting drafted fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens three years later. Now one of the most recognizable figures in hockey, Carey credits his success to his community of Anahim Lake, where hard work and commitment often face off against remoteness and cost. Throughout his incredible career, he's taken every opportunity possible to encourage all young people, especially those who share his Indigenous background, to follow their dreams.
Top Dogs by Elizabeth MacLeodCalling all dog lovers! History has never been so fascinating as seen from the viewpoint of how dogs helped make it. For the millions of kids who love dogs, this book tells the stories of 8 amazing canines through the ages whose actions influenced the course of history. Author Liz MacLeod's kid-friendly, narrative style captures the time and place when the events took place as well as the sense of adventure that colors every story. Among the dogs featured are Stubby, a mutt who rescued American soldiers in the trenches of WWI, Buddy, the first seeing-eye-dog in North America, Brandy, a German Shepherd who discovered a bomb aboard a plane, and Seaman, the Newfoundland, who accompanied Lewis and Clark, helping them complete their expedition by protecting them from wild animals and providing them with food. Scattered throughout the book are side bars filled with information about the exploits of many other dogs as well as the history, habits, and characteristics of various breeds.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, SF 428.2 .M33 2017
Annaleise Carr by Annaleise Carr; Deborah EllisOver eight months worth of planning, hundreds of hours of hard physical training, amassing a team of dedicated crewmates, approaching sponsors and collecting donations -- and finally, swimming for twenty-seven hours across the cold, rough waters of Lake Ontario. Why would a fourteen-year-old girl take on such a challenge? For Annaleise Carr, the motivation came not from a desire for glory. Her ultimate quest was to raise money for her new friends at Camp Trillium, a charity that provides a camping experience for kids with cancer. What kept her going through the cold water, the exhaustion, and the terrifying night swim was the thought of those kids and their families that she was helping. In August of 2012, she became the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario, breaking the record set more than fifty years earlier by Marilyn Bell. Readers will meet an extraordinary fourteen-year-old girl in this book. As she tells her story, it becomes clear how idealism and an intense desire to help others can lead a young teen to almost unimaginable achievements. [Fry reading level - 4.8
One Step at a Time by Marsha Forchuk SkrypuchAn affecting sequel to Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War. Tuyet cannot believe her good fortune. Brought up in a Vietnamese orphanage and rescued from the invading North Vietnamese army, she has been adopted by a kind and loving family in Canada. Tuyet feels safe at last as she adjusts to a new language and unfamiliar customs. But polio has left her with a weak leg, and her foot is turned inward, making walking painful and difficult. There is only one answer; she must have a series of operations. Her dread of doctors and hospitals brings back troubling memories of helicopters, a field hospital, and another operation in Vietnam. It won't stop Tuyet, despite her fears and her overwhelming shyness. She has always dreamed of having two straight legs, of walking and running, of playing with other children, of owning a pair of shoes that actually match. Now that she has been given a chance, Tuyet is determined to do what it takes to finally stand on her own two feet.
No Shelter Here by Rob LaidlawThe goal of a puppy mill is to produce the maximum number of puppies in the cheapest way possible. That's why expensive items - proper housing, care, food, and medical attention - are ignored. Dogs have been loyal to Humankind for thousands of years. We cherish them as companions, groom them as show dogs and depend on them as working partners. But today, millions of dogs are neglected and malnourished. And millions of other dogs are used in scientific research and for entertainment, and kept as pets in a remarkable diversity of conditions. In No Shelter Here, animal advocate and chartered biologist Rob Laidlaw explores the world of homeless, free ranging, mistreated, and exploited dogs, and the challenges they face. But more importantly, he focuses on the people he calls "dog champions" - those individuals, small groups and professional organizations around the world who dedicate their lives to helping dogs. Enhanced with photos, informational sidebars and inspiring good-news stories, No Shelter Here will galvanize young readers to become Dog Champions in their own communities.
Don't Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You by Catherine Rondina; Kevin Sylvester (Illustrator)Stop cracking your knuckles or you'll get arthritis. Don't cross your eyes or they'll stay stuck like that. With entertaining, kid-friendly insights on every page accompanied by wacky illustrations, 'Don't Touch That Toad And Other Strange Things Adults Tell You' examines the truth and/or falsity behind parental do's and don'ts. When explanations aren't so cut-and-dried, kids are encouraged to decide for themselves. Here's a chance to know once and for all if lightning can strike the same place twice, if eating fried foods can cause acne, if an elephant never forgets, plus many more. AGES: 7 - 10
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, GR 81 .R66 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt; Fred Rix (Illustrator)How to Build Your Own Country is an interactive and totally original learning experience that shows kids how to build their very own country from scratch. This book, the only one of its kind, offers children the expertise and advice they'll need to plant their flag in the backyard, in the bedroom or online. Kids will be amazed to discover that anyone can do it. Nation-building advice is peppered with examples of events that have shaped countries throughout history, teaching young readers about government, elections, geography and global issues. Backed up with lots of amazing examples of real micronations - some established or ruled by kids - How to Build Your Own Country promises to inspire, entertain and inform young nation-builders. Want to build your very own country from scratch? It's easy: Step 1: Stake Out Your Identity ... with a flag, money and a national anthem. Learn how to put your country's name on the map. Step 2: Run the Country ... with a government, constitution, laws and an economy. Step 3: Meet the Neighbors ... and join other nations on the big issues that face the whole world, such as poverty, global warming, security and international aid. How To Build Your Own Country is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
At The Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times by Larry VerstraeteOver twenty true-life stories about life-threatening situations and the wrenching choices made by the people facing them. In this compelling book, readers are presented with true accounts of desperate situations, and the split-second decisions that people were forced to make. Many of the stories focus on Canadian experiences, while the rest have emerged from around the world.- A young man in Nunavut fights off a polar bear to save his friend.- A Canadian peacekeeper in the Congo risks his own life to save those ofstranded tourists.- Ordinary people show extraordinary character during the Halifax Explosion, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, the Tiananmen Square protests, and September 11, 2001. An important book, whose contents will fascinate middle-grade readers, and provide a perfect springboard to discussion about making life-changing decisions.
Gold Medal for Weird by Kevin Sylvester (Illustrator)The world's greatest sporting events, chock-full of guts, glory and going for gold. If you want to read about that, you'd better look elsewhere. The gold medals handed out in this book are for inept athletes, shameful scandals, freakish weather, cheaters, chokers and much worse. But it's not all bad. You'll also read about athletes who went from chump to champ and warm your heart to stories of high-stakes heroism and fair play. There may still be hope for humans -- and sports competitions! Read about * unbeatable runners who tested positive for turtle's blood and caterpillar fungus * the snowboarder whose hot-dog move cost her a gold medal * live animal hunting, dueling with pistols and other events now (thankfully) discontinued * a medal-winning gymnast with a wooden leg * the sailor who gave up a chance at the gold medal to save a drowning competitor
Secret Agent Y. O. U. by Helaine Becker; Dave Whamond (Illustrator)Are Y.O.U. ready to be a Young Operative Undercover? Secret Agent Y.O.U. recruits the next generation of spymasters, cryptologists, and surveillance experts. Kids will find everything they need to know about the spy tradecraft inside these covers. They will challenge themselves with activities for assessing their current readiness for spy missions, and learn how to improve their skills over time. They'll learn how to conduct surveillance, create and deliver coded messages, and disguise themselves so even their dog won't recognize them. Divided into six chapters including Cryptology 101, The Art of Disguise, and A Peek at Surveillance, Secret Agent Y.O.U. delivers the goods for a solid foundation in spy work (also a great way to have fun on their own or with friends, er, fellow agents).
Hiding Edith by Kathy KacerHiding Edithtells the true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish Girl sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France. Edith's story is remarkable not only for her own bravery, but for the bravery of those that helped her: an entire village, including its mayor and citizenry, heroically conspired to conceal the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in the safe house. The children went to the local school, roamed the streets and ate good food, all withot having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity. And during Nazi raids, the children camped out until the coast was clear. Intensively researched and sensitively written, this book, illustrated with photographs and maps, both comforts and challenges a young reader's spirit, skillfully addressing both the horrors and hope that children experienced during the Holocaust.
Boredom Blasters by Helaine Becker; Claudia Dávila (Illustrator); Owlkids Books Inc. Staff (Illustrator)This delightful treasury of games, jokes, magic tricks, optical illusions, word and number puzzles, comic strips, facts, recipes, crafts, and activities is 160 pages of guaranteed fun! Boredom Blasters delivers hours and hours of entertainment for young readers. The perfect size for tossing into a backpack, Boredom Blasters gives readers a broad range of things to do with their heads or their hands, alone, or out loud with friends or family. The ingenious contemporary design and lighthearted tone of the writing will instantly grab readers' attention. They'll be hooked: challenging themselves with brilliant brain teasers, exploring the world through mind-boggling facts, trying their hand at making tasty treats, performing astounding magic tricks, and other amusing activities, or building friendships and laughing with their pals through wacky games and silly storytimes. Kids will be puzzling, baking, cutting and pasting, laughing, thinking, and sharing in their own world of fun created with Boredom Blasters!
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, AG 195 M44 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Survivors!: True Death-Defying Escapes by Larry VerstraeteTwenty-nine true stories of amazing courage, quick thinking, sheer determination and the will to live. These survivors escaped from: a shark, an avalanche, a volcanoe, a wall of fire, a grizzly, a mangled car, and more.
Forest of Reading 2004 nominee.
Silver Birch Non-Fiction winner 2004.
Hana's Suitcase by Karen LevineIn March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan from the Auschwitz museum in Germany. Fumiko Ishioka, the center's curator, was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner: "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan)." Children visiting the center were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? What happened to her? Inspired by their curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues. Her search led her from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia to learn the story of Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with wonderful parents, a protective big brother, and a passion for ice skating, their happy life turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.
Ha! Ha! Ha! by Lyn Thomas; Dianne Eastman (Illustrator)Knock! Knock! Who's there? Wooden. Wooden who? Wooden you like to know.What's black and white and read all over? It's a cool new book from Owl, that's what! Ha! Ha! Ha! is an absolute treasure trove of choice jokes, intriguing puzzles, challenging riddles, brain teasers, word games and amazing facts. Ranging in complexity from simple knock-knock jokes to dazzling brain bogglers and optical illusions, Ha! Ha! Ha! is an astounding collection of funnies and facts for kids of all ages.Organized thematically, each page is guaranteed fun with heaps of hugely entertaining things that make you say "ha, ha" and "hmmm" and "hey, did you hear this one?"You'll pick up jokes about your favorite ghouls -- vampires, ghosts, monsters and skeletons -- give your eyeballs a workout with optical illusions, test yourself by guessing well-known expressions with whimsical illustrations as your only clue and get down on the farm with hilarious chicken, cow, horse and pig jokes!Ha! Ha! Ha! is a chunky 128-page package with a bold eye-catching cover. Inside, wonderful amusements are paired with a plenitude of ingenious and lighthearted fact sidebars related to the jokes. For instance, not only will you learn why elephants are wrinkled (Would you like to try to iron one?) but you will find out how elephants use their ears to keep cool in the African sun. Dianne Eastman's illustrations add whimsy and wit to this rich feast of entertainment and enlightenment for young readers.This is a family reference book of humor that will be read and enjoyed over and over again as you laugh at clever jokes while learning morsels of scientific and natural truths about: laughter computers comedy the brain nature and wildlife the sea and its denizens humor how to write a joke and much, much more...
Adventures in the Middle Ages by Linda Bailey; Bill Slavin (Illustrator)Join the Binkertons -- twins Josh and Emma and their pesky little sister Libby -- as they visit the Good Times Travel Agency for a trip unlike any other -- to medieval times. The trio quickly discover that medieval life isn't all knights in shining armor and stately pageants. Things go from bad to worse when the castle they're in is attacked and flaming arrows and flying cows shower down on them. Kids will love the book's contemporary comic-book look with its zany illustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information.
Funny You Should Ask by Marg Meikle"A wacky Q & A book from the popular radio personality. This book is packed with hilarious trivia based on kid-friendly themes such as food, animals, clothes, sports and music".
Forest of Reading 1999 nominee.
Silver Birch Non-Fiction winner 1999.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, AG 195 .M454 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Anastasia's Album by Hugh BrewsterPhotos taken by the Russian imperial family depict what life was like for this close knit family.
Forest of Reading 1998 nominee.
Silver Birch Non-Fiction winner 1998.
I Was There by Shelley Tanaka; Ken Marschall"A Scholastic/Madison Press book".
Seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer explores the Titanic and forms a brief friendship with another passenger before experiencing the wreck of the giant ocean liner.
Forest of Reading 1997 nominee.
Silver Birch Non-Fiction winner 1997.