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EASY

The Story of Fish & Snail By Deborah Freedman

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story. Today, Fish’s story is too grand to be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book – a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely home and pretend to be kittens.

A Butterfly Called Hope By Mary Alice Monroe

There’s a strange little creature in Mama’s garden. What is it? Join in this photographic journey as a young girl and her mother care for a caterpillar. Watch as it transforms into a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly. Can the little girl “claim” the butterfly as her own, but still let it go free?

FUN FACTS

Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band By Anne Rockwell

What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great new American art form was born. “Give us some rag!” was soon heard on both sides of the Atlantic with much music and dancing.

Lifetime; the Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives By Lola M. Schaefer

Are you fascinated with bits of animal trivia? Ever wondered how many beads are on a rattlesnake’s rattle? Learn a clever way to answer the question without capturing the venomous creature itself. A great new addition for those looking for attractive science and math picture books.

JUNIOR

Zane and the Hurricane By W.R. Philbrick

Zane is a charismatic 12-year-old boy visiting New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. When he’s separated from his family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina's wind, rain, and flooding. Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by an elderly musician and a scrappy young girl. As the hurricane continues to engulf the city, Zane must do what he can to survive.

Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret By Tim Kehoe

Furious Jones, the 12-year-old son of a famous thriller writer. Curious to know more about his estranged dad, Furious goes to see him and to his shock and horror, he witnesses his father get shot! Now orphaned, Furious discovers that his dad's upcoming novel contains dangerous secrets, and he sets out to discover who killed his father.

YOUNG ADULT

The Riverman By Aaron Starmer

Alistair is someone everyone trusts while Fiona is a not-so-typical girl next door. One day Fiona tells Alistair that she has been travelling to a magical world where a creature called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. If she is not careful, she will be next – so will he write her biography? Alistair fears that Fiona might be crazy, but if she is telling the truth, both of their lives could be at risk.

Mafia Girl By Deborah Blumenthal

At her exclusive Manhattan high school, guys either lust after Gia or they are afraid to walk near her. Everyone knows who she is: the daughter of “The Boss of all Bosses,” but they don’t know the real Gia. She dreams of a different life where she can escape her infamous name. When she falls in love with a cop she just might break all the rules to finally get what she wants.

ADULT

Almost a Great Escape By Tyler Trafford

Until May 31 you can vote for your choice in the Alberta Readers Choice Awards. Trafford is nominated for the surprising and moving story of his mother’s hidden life. Based on old letters and photographs he discovered, Trafford tells of a mother he never knew and a doomed love affair.

An Unfinished Child By Theresa Shea

One of four Edmonton novels nominated for the Alberta Readers Choice Awards. An Unfinished Child explores the changing views of Down syndrome through the stories of three women. She starts with Margaret in1947, when Down syndrome infants were defined as “unfinished" children.