Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Books

EASY

Swim, Duck, Swim! By Susan Lurie

It's time for Duckling to get in the water and swim! But he doesn't want to get wet. He'd rather take a nap. And he's really, really mad that everyone keeps telling him what to do! Luckily, Mama and Papa Duck are very, very patient.

Toucan Can! By Juliette MacIver

A mad-cap, wacky picture book frolic with Toucan as he demonstrates all the things he can do! A tongue-twisting, high-energy, ludicrous rhyme full of hilarity and off-the-wall characters. Toucan can do lots of things. Toucan dances, Toucan sings. Toucan bangs a frying pan. Can YOU do what Toucan can?

FUN FACTS

Farmyard Security: a Reader's Theater Script and Guide By Nancy K. Wallace

Part of a new series that creates funny fractured fairy tales to present as plays – perfect fun for holidays or classrooms. Kids are natural performers and will love to take on the roles of Panicky Pig, Calamity Cow and Paranoid Puppy.

Trout, Trout, Trout! By April Pulley Sayre

Summer is canoe time on the Sturgeon and our surrounding lakes. Pack up the gear and take along this perfect fish chant. When out in calm water, a companion can rock the boat with this humorous romp into the underwater world. Additional entertainment is found in the brightly coloured cartoon caricatures. Rhyme time sublime!

JUNIOR

The Absolute Value of Mike By Kathryn Erskine

Mike tries so hard to please his father, but when his dad sends him to live with distant relatives for the summer to work on an engineering project, Mike figures this is his big chance to buckle down and prove himself. But when he gets there, nothing is what he thought it would be. The project has nothing at all to do with engineering, and he finds himself working alongside his wacky 80-year-old aunt, a homeless man, and a punk rock girl.

The One Safe Place By Tania Unsworth

Devin doesn't remember life before the world got hot; he's grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumours of a place for abandoned children, with food and toys, but it's soon clear that it's no paradise. There is a zombie-like sickness infecting the children, and the only real hope is escape.

YOUNG ADULT

Time After Time By Tamara Ireland Stone

Anna and Bennett have an unusual long-distance romance. She lives in 1995 Chicago and he is a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. Bennett is only able to stay in the past for short stretches, skipping over long periods of his own present to be with Anna in hers. Then Bennett witnesses an unexpected event he never should have seen. Will the choices he makes afterward lead to a future that neither of them want?

Noggin By John Corey Whaley

Alive, dead, alive again. Five years ago, Travis died and his head was frozen. Now it has been attached to another body. Even though he's still 16, everything and everybody around him has changed. New Travis and his former self will have to find a way to co-exist, which might mean gaining a few more scars.

ADULT

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque By Zarqa Nawaz

For Heritage Day, a funny and insightful memoir from the creator of TV's Little Mosque on the Prairie. Growing up Muslim in Ontario, Nawaz straddled two cultures. With great humour, Nawaz paints a portrait of a young woman struggling against tradition, sexism and a father's arcane rules on what the Koran says is okay to eat at McDonald's.

Love is a Canoe By Ben Schrank

Peter Herman once wrote a bestselling book full of homespun advice on love and marriage. To promote the 50th anniversary of Peter's book, Marriage Is a Canoe, a contest is held to find a young couple who could use Peter's advice. How everyone gets together makes for a charming novel about love and marriage.