Great Reading

For the week of Nov. 21 to Nov. 28, 2017
Picks for the whole family from the St. Albert Public Library
Stimulate imaginations, pique curiosity and reveal a wider world of perspectives and ideas!

These picture books are a great choice for sharing with pre-readers and those just beginning to read.

I’m Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today
By Jancee Dunn
Have you ever wondered what stuffed animals do while you’re at school? What if a teddy bear invited all his stuffed animal friends over? Imagine the wild party that might ensue, complete with jumping on the bed, colouring on the walls, dressing up in Mom’s clothes, or having a bubble-bath sliding contest in the hall!

Williams’s Winter Nap
By Linda Ashman
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of animals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. Then a note is slipped beneath the door: Is there any space for great big BEAR?

A great selection of fiction that will stimulate the imaginations of young readers.

My Brigadista Year
By Katherine Paterson
When Nora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro’s army of young teachers, her parents are not happy. But Nora is stubborn: didn’t her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Nora’s abuela takes her side, even as she makes Nora promise to come home if things get too hard.

Two Times a Traitor
By Karen Bass
Angry over his family’s recent move to Halifax, Laz rebels and sets out to explore on his own. When he enters one dark tunnel, there’s a strange smell, and then Laz blacks out. When he wakes up, Laz realizes that it is 1745 and he is trapped in time! The English colonists declare him a French spy. How can Laz hope to return to his own time while being locked up?

Just the facts, please! Science, history, animals, biography, real adventures, crafts and cooking for junior readers.

Young Palestinians Speak; Living Under Occupation
By Anthony Robinson
This book provides a platform for children and young people, from all over this occupied land, to speak in their own voices about the experience of living under occupation. After explaining what occupation means, the heart of the book focuses on interviewing young people. At the end, there is a historical timeline showing the main events that lead up to the present day.

By Simon Rose
“Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future” is a new series that reveals the challenges Indigenous people face, celebrates the culture, and highlights their contributions to Canada. This volume features worldviews, spiritual ceremonies and rituals, shamans, sweat lodges and smudging.

Youth/teens will enjoy this selection of popular fiction.

By Marissa Meyer
The Renegades are a syndicate of humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of society and established peace. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, the night her parents and sister were murdered, the Renegades never came to save the day, and she is on a mission for vengeance.

Kiss Me in New York
By Catherine Rider
It’s Christmas in NYC. Charlotte is waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is surprising his girlfriend at the airport. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped. When Charlotte’s flight is cancelled, and Anthony can’t bear to go home, they set out together and try to put the past behind them.

Mature readers will enjoy reading what’s new or timely or popular with this selection of fiction and fact.

Magpie Murders: a novel
By Anthony Horowitz
The more editor Susan Ryeland reads of Alan Conway’s latest manuscript, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the novel: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. A brilliant and strikingly original reimagining of the classic whodunit with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it.

Among the Ruins: a mystery
By Ausma Zehanat Khan
On leave from Canada’s Community Policing department, Esa Khattak is traveling in Iran, reconnecting with his cultural heritage and seeking peace in the country’s beautiful mosques and gardens. But Khattak’s supposed break from work is cut short when he’s asked to look into the death of renowned Canadian-Iranian filmmaker Zahra Sobhani.

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