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.
The Moon Festival by Arlene Chan; Nicolas Debon (Illustrator)A delightful multipurpose approach to a well-recognized celebration. The reader discovers different versions of the moon legends as well as recipes and customs that relate.
Forest of Reading 1999 nominee.
Silver Birch Non-Fiction award nominee 1999.
The Last Safe House by Barbara Greenwood; Heather Collins (Illustrator)This is the dramatic story of the Underground Railroad as seen through the eyes of two young girls -- Eliza, a runaway slave from a plantation in Virginia, and Johanna, whose family gives her refuge in St. Catharines, Canada West (now Ontario). In a unique mix of fact and fiction, each chapter is followed by background information and hands-on activities. Kids will learn about life on a cotton plantation, about abolitionists who fought to have slavery made illegal, and about the heroic actions of Canadians who sheltered runaway slaves. Beautifully detailed drawings accompany the text making The Last Safe House a comprehensive, all-in-one resource.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, E 450 .G74 1998
Publication Date: 1998-08-01
The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers by Pat Hancock; John Mantha (Illustrator)In this title in the acclaimed Kids Book of series, meet the 21 prime ministers who have governed Canada since 1867. From Sir John A. Macdonald to Paul Martin, this book highlights the history of Canada with a focus on its government and the people who have led it. Kids will learn about each prime minister, their background, their family and their career milestones. Quick facts, quotes, surprising trivia and a historical timeline provide a comprehensive and interesting description of each prime minister's term in office and the mark they left on Canadian history.
The Kid's Guide to the Millennium by Ann Love; Jane Drake; Bill Slavin (Illustrator)The Kids Guide to the Millennium is packed with ideas that range from challenging and caring to weird and wacky. Make a countdown calendar, create a time capsule, set a millennium record, or celebrate in cyberspace. Kids can step back in time to discover what life would have been like had they lived in 1 A.D. and forward in time to 3000 A.D., where spaceships cruise intergalactic space and schools go virtual. A time line running through the book highlights the most important inventions, events and people of Earth's first 2000 years. With lively information and hands-on activities, this book is a kid's guide to millennia past, present and future.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, AG 195 .M454 1998
Publication Date: 1998
52 Days by Camel by Lawrie Raskin (Photographer); Debora PearsonSince childhood, Lawrie Raskin has been fascinated by the Sahara desert. Raskin, working with children's writer/editor Debora Pearson, chronicles a remarkable trip to "mysterious" Timbuktu -- and then "beyond the beyond," to the distant mines of Taoudeni, one of the most remote locations on Earth. On his travels, Raskin confronts danger and harsh elements, but is able to thoroughly immerse himself in the ancient and fascinating traditions of desert culture. The journal-style text and lavish photographs invite the reader to partake in his adventures and splendid discoveries. Raskin, infused with enthusiasm and great wit, chronicles what it's like to travel over seas of orange sand, spend nights looking for "lighthouses" in the desert, experience the remarkable smell of camel's breath, toil in a salt pit, explore nomad camps and desert cities, and much more. Each chapter features a map tracking the progress of his travels, as well as informative sidebars.
Animals Eat the Weirdest Things by Diane Swanson; Terry Smith (Illustrator)Some of the most intriguing elements of survival in the animal kingdom are the unusual--and occasionally downright bizarre--eating habits that animals have developed. One animal's leftovers or excretions may be a great source of nutrition for another. For instance, porcupines feed on deer antlers to obtain calcium; Dungeness crabs will often eat their own offspring to replenish essential proteins; vampire bats must lap up half their body weight in blood each night in order to stay healthy. Mammals, birds, and insects have adapted to their environments by eating some very surprising foods--all the while making excellent use of what nature has to offer. Filled with intriguing facts, this innovative picture book explores animal diet and cuisine with just the right mix of intelligence and humor.