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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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EASY

The Pirates Next Door: Starring the Jolley-Rogers By Jonny Duddle

When a pirate family, the Jolley-Rogers, move to Dull-on-Sea, rumours of their shocking behaviour start spreading through the neighbourhood. But, with few other children to play with, Matilda is thrilled to meet the fascinating new family next door!

E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm By Judy Sierra

Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn’t have a farm. He just had a yard – a yard he didn’t want to mow. But then, under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom.

FUN FACTS

Countdown to Summer: a Poem for Every Day of the School Year By J. Patrick Lewis

There are 180 poems in this book and the last one is “School’s Out.” It won’t be long now until summer is here and for those who enjoy amusing poetry, this book will help to while away those lazy days of summer.

Castle By David Macaulay

This is an entirely worthy revision of an ever popular book that continues to strip away the mystery of architectural structures, such as the castle, that have amazed humankind for centuries. Both art and text remind us that a castle’s true wonder lies in the physical effort required to construct it.

JUNIOR

Codename Zero By Chris Rylander

Carson Fender, seventh grader and notorious prankster, has been going to the same boring school every day. Nothing ever changes, and nothing ever happens. That is, until today, when a desperate man hands Carson a package with a dire set of instructions. That package leads him to discover that there's a secret government group operating in his hometown, and that they need his help.

Jack the Castaway By Lisa Doan

Jack's parents have been chased out of Tokyo, gone broke in Greece, and hosted Nairobi's least successful safari. Soon they are about to start a snorkeling business. But Jack's not used to taking chances. Imagine his horror when his parents take him out on the water and he ends up shipwrecked! Now Jack has to survive on a tropical island and hope that someone will rescue him!

YOUNG ADULT

Everything Leads to You By Nina LaCour

Have you ever found yourself being amazingly talented at something special, but below average at something that almost anyone can do? For Emi, that amazing talent has made her a successful young production designer in a competitive film industry. As a graduation gift, her brother entrusts her with his LA apartment for the summer under one condition: something great must take place there. But how can she do something great when that one average thing is weighing her down?

Fat Boy Vs. The Cheerleaders By Geoff Herbach

Gabe is on edge, he’s trying to kick his soda addiction and with it his nickname “Chunk.” But this struggle is nothing compared to the battle that is about to take place between the Geeks and the Cheerleaders. Why can’t geeks and jocks live happily ever after you ask? A line was crossed when the school’s vending machine money – previously collected by Gabe’s band camp – is now sponsoring cheer squad.

ADULT

Frog Music By Emma Donoghue

For Pride Week, the return of Emma Donoghue, the author of Room. It is 1876 in freewheeling San Francisco. Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing, gun-toting frog-catcher meets burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon. Their friendship ends when Jenny is murdered. A literary mystery about female independence and sexual identity.

Prairie Ostrich By Tamai Kobayashi

A strong debut novel from the Calgary writer. Egg is an eight-year-old girl who lives on an ostrich farm in southern Alberta in the 1970s. Egg wants just to fit in, but as a Japanese-Canadian, in a family with problems, with a sister in love with another girl, she struggles for acceptance.