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Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons

By Jon J. Muth | ISBN 978-0-545-16668-3
Ages 4-8 | HC | Picture Books | March 2014

With a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J Muth — and his delightful little panda bear, Koo — challenges readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.

Shh! My Brother's Napping

Shh! My Brother's Napping

By Ruth Ohi | ISBN 978-1-4431-1993-1
Ages 3-7 | HC | Picture Books | April 2014

"Shh! My brother's napping. He really needs his sleep," admonishes our adorable narrator at the outset of this story. But there are pots to bang, books to read, towers to build, pictures to paint, and all sorts of fun to be had. It's just so hard not to make any noise! Ruth Ohi's expressive art captures a scene familiar to every young family in this charming book that will delight children and parents alike.

The End (Almost)

The End (Almost)

By Jim Benton | ISBN 978-0-545-17731-3
Ages 3-5 | HC | Picture Books | March 2014

When Donut the bear is told his story is over and he has to leave, he donut want to do it. After all, he hasn't had a chance to have any fun! Will Donut's sneaky schemes and elaborate disguises be enough to keep his story from ending? Donut's silly antics in this clever picture book are sure to delight kids who never want their favourite stories to reach The End.

The Very Brave Bear

The Very Brave Bear

By Nick Bland | ISBN 978-1-4431-2841-4
Ages 3-7 | HC | Picture Books | January 2014

While balancing in the bog, Bear is startled (but not frightened!) by Buffalo. He is a brave bear, but could Buffalo be even braver? A challenge begins, with great feats of bravery, but when the two competitors find themselves in front of a very scary cave, they will have to find a way to be very brave together.

The Good Pie Party

The Good Pie Party

By Liz Garton Scanlon | Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton | ISBN 978-0-545-44870-3
Ages 4-8 | HC | Picture Books | April 2014

Posy, Megan, and Mae have always been the best of friends — but now Posy has to move away. Only their favourite activity can comfort the girls: baking pie! And when they realize they can host a good-pie party instead of a good-bye party, the sad situation becomes a sweet gathering for their entire community.

Under the Same Sun

Under the Same Sun

By Sharon Robinson | Illustrated by A. G. Ford | ISBN 978-0-545-16672-0
Ages 4-8 | HC | Picture Books/Multigenerational | January 2014

Auntie Sharon and Grandmother Bibi have come to visit the family in Tanzania — all the way from America! They tell stories and fill gaps from the years spent apart, enjoy a breathtaking safari in Serengeti National Park, and learn about their ancestors at the ruins of an old slave port. Sharon Robinson eloquently portrays the joys and pains of a family living on two continents. And she gives African-American history a powerful new perspective when seen through the eyes of modern-day African children.

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

By Natalie Lloyd | ISBN 978-0-545-55270-7
Ages 8-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy & Magic | March 2014

Twelve-year-old Felicity's mom is cursed with a wandering heart. But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere — shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears — but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

Half a Chance

Half a Chance

By Cynthia Lord | ISBN 978-0-545-03533-0
Ages 8-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Family | March 2014

When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her. As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.

I Am Canada: Graves of Ice

I Am Canada: Graves of Ice

By John Wilson | ISBN 978-1-4431-0794-5
Ages 9-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Action & Adventure | January 2014

George Chambers is a fourteen-year-old aboard HMS Erebus, one of two ships under the command of Sir John Franklin on his quest to discover the Northwest Passage. But when the Erebus and Terror are trapped in crushing ice, 129 men of the crew die from cold, scurvy, and starvation. Only two remain alive when George begins to recount his story: himself and Commander James Fitzjames.

Life or Death: Surviving the Impossible

Life or Death: Surviving the Impossible

By Larry Verstraete | ISBN 978-1-4431-1951-1
Ages 9-12 | PB | Juvenile Nonfiction/Adventure and Adventurers | February 2014

Following the popularity of the award-winning At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times, winner of the Silver Birch Award for Non-Fiction, this new collection from Larry Verstraete features over 30 incredible true stories of survivors who found creative ways to beat impossible odds.

Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!

Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!

By Kate Messner | Illustrated by Brian Floca | ISBN 978-0-545-53559-5
Ages 4-8 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Humorous Stories | February 2014

Marty and her pals hatch a plan to raise money by holding a talent show at school and opening a pet-sitting business in Marty's basement. While they're juggling a lazy boa constrictor, an anxious hamster, a cranky hedgehog, three hyperactive goldfish, and a potty-mouthed parrot, some of the pets get loose, and chaos ensues!

Smasher

Smasher

By Scott Bly | ISBN 978-0-545-14118-5
Ages 8-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Action & Adventure | April 2014

In thirty days, a cold-hearted corporate tycoon will unleash a deadly biological computer virus on the entire world. As the public eagerly awaits his invention that promises ultimate relaxation, harmony, and community, the evil big-business sorcerer plans to put an end to freedom. Can he be stopped? Fresh, unique, and gripping, this page-turner also celebrates the power of love, hope, and friendship as it also raises provocative questions about technology, progress, and the nature of persecution.

Starring Jules #3: (Super-Secret Spy Girl)

Starring Jules #3: (Super-Secret Spy Girl)

By Beth Ain | ISBN 978-0-545-44356-2
Ages 7-10 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Performing Arts | March 2014

School is out, and Jules is off to Montreal where she'll film her first ever movie. But that means no friends around on her birthday and no birthday party. And with only a hockey player and diva starlet as cast mates in a town where no one speaks her language, Jules is feeling awfully lonely. Good thing her best friend Elinor is sending super-secret spy missions to keep Jules busy.

The Quantum League #1: Spell Robbers

The Quantum League #1: Spell Robbers

By Matthew J. Kirby | ISBN 978-0-545-50226-9
Ages 8-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy & Magic | February 2014

After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he discovers the secret, powerful art of Actuation — the ability to change reality by simply imagining it differently. When a mysterious group of men invade Dr. Hughes's laboratory, Ben is suddenly caught up in a turf war between dangerous actuators desperate for Dr. Hughes's innovative technology. And as Ben is pulled into a perilous, hidden world full of impossibilities now made possible, will he be able to save Dr. Hughes and vanquish their enemies before it's too late?

The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy

The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy

By Jennifer A. Nielsen | ISBN 978-0-545-28417-2
Ages 10-14 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Action & Adventure | March 2014

Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion.

Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly)

By L. Pichon | ISBN 978-1-4431-3303-6
Ages 9-12 | PB | Juvenile Fiction/Humorous Stories | February 2014

Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a big shock for Tom, but that's nothing compared to the surprise that Dad has in store with his new-found fitness regime! He says he's going to compete at the school Sports Day . . . can you even imagine the horrendous shame that will bring? This fourth book in the award-winning Tom Gates series is packed with cheeky antics and hilarious doodles. Plus: a doodle-filled glossary will help Canadian kids make sense of British terms (what IS a caramel wafer, anyway?).

Underground Soldier

Underground Soldier

By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch | ISBN 978-1-4431-2437-9
Ages 10-14 | PB | Juvenile Fiction/Historical | January 2014

Fourteen-year-old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe. Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies. Once free, Luka joins a group of Ukrainian resistance fighters. After the war, Luka must decide whether to go to Canada or stay in Europe and search for his long-lost mother.

Whatever After #4: Dream On

Whatever After #4: Dream On

By Sarah Mlynowski | ISBN 978-0-545-41571-2
Ages 8-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Fairy Tales & Folklore | December 2013

My friend Robin and I were going to have the best sleepover ever. We'd stay up late, eat s'mores, share secrets — and NOT knock on my magic mirror. I was NOT getting pulled into another fairy tale. But the mirror STILL ends up pulling me and my brother, Jonah, into Sleeping Beauty's story —and this time, Robin comes with us, too!

The Dumbest Idea Ever

The Dumbest Idea Ever

By Jimmy Gownley | ISBN 978-0-545-45346-2
Ages 10-12 | HC | Juvenile Fiction/Comics & Graphic Novels | March 2014
Also available in paperback! 978-0-545-45347-9

What if the dumbest idea ever changed your life forever? At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Then things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right. Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist and how the DUMBEST idea ever actually became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.

The Hit

The Hit

By Melvin Burgess | ISBN 978-0-545-55699-6
Ages 14 and Up | HC | Young Adult Fiction/Thriller | March 2014

A new drug is on the street. Everyone's buzzing about it. Take the hit. Live the most intense week of your life. Then die. Adam thinks it over. He's poor, and doesn't see that changing. Lizzie, his girlfriend, can't make up her mind about sleeping with him. His brother Jess is missing. And Manchester is in chaos, with the cops in the pockets of the dealers and with a group of homegrown terrorists, the Zealots, battling to overthrow the banks. Wouldn't one amazing week be better than this endless misery?

The Killing Woods

The Killing Woods

By Lucy Christopher | ISBN 978-0-545-46100-9
Ages 14 and Up | HC | Young Adult Fiction/Mysteries & Detective Stories | January 2014

Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. An ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's body. What really happened that night? Before he's convicted, Emily must find out the truth. To expose the lies that will exonerate her dad, she's got to survive one last desperate night in The Killing Woods.

Threatened

Threatened

By Eliot Schrefer | ISBN 978-0-545-55143-4
Ages 12 and Up | HC | Young Adult Fiction/Animals/Apes | March 2014

A gripping journey into the world of chimpanzees — and the life of an African boy whose fate becomes entwined with them — from National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer. An African boy living on the streets escapes his jailer by heading into the forest with a scientist who is not entirely what he seems. They've come to study chimpanzees, but when the scientist disappears, the boy must fend for himself — and then join forces with the chimps to save their habitat from unwelcome intruders.

Where the Rock Splits the Sky

Where the Rock Splits the Sky

By Philip Webb | ISBN 978-0-545-55701-6
Ages 14 and Up | HC | Young Adult Fiction/Science Fiction | April 2014

Megan ventures out of her Texas hometown and sets off on a journey across the vast, dystopic American West in search of her father. To find him, she must face the Zone. Laws of nature do not apply to the notorious landscape. Flying towns, rivers of dirt, plagues of fishes, ravenous bears: The desert can play deadly tricks on the mind, and the quest will push Megan past her limits.

Why We Took the Car

Why We Took the Car

By Wolfgang Herrndorf | ISBN 978-0-545-48180-9
Ages 14 and Up | HC | Young Adult Fiction/Social Issues | January 2014

A beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story from an award-winning, bestselling German author. Mike Klingenberg doesn't get why people think he's boring. Andre Tschichatschow, aka Tschick, is new in school, and a whole different kind of unpopular. But one day Tschick shows up at Mike's house out of the blue. Together, Mike and Tschick are heading out on a road trip. No parents, no map, no destination. Will they get hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere? Probably. Will they meet crazy people and get into serious trouble? Definitely. But will they ever be called boring again? Not a chance.

Martin est en colère

Martin est en colère

By Joseph Theobald | ISBN 978-1-4431-3423-1
Ages 3-6 | PB | Picture Book/Social Issues | March 2014
Original Title: Marvin Gets Mad!

La matinée est parfaite jusqu'à ce que Molly mange la pomme que Martin a repérée. Il se fâche et une terrible colère s'empare de lui provoquant le chaos à travers la campagne. Qui sera en mesure de calmer Martin? Aura-t-il besoin d'aide?

One perfect morning Molly eats the apple Martin had his eye on. Martin is cross and has a terrible tantrum, rampaging through the countryside, causing chaos. Who will be able to calm Martin down and tease him out of his tantrum? Will he be able to do it by himself or will he need some help?

Quel génie!

Quel génie!

By Ashley Spires | ISBN 978-1-4431-3465-1
Ages 3-7 | PB | Picture Book/Social Issues | April 2014
Original Title: The Most Magnificent Thing

C'est l'histoire d'une jeune fille inventive et de son meilleur ami au monde, son chien! Un jour, la jeune fille décide de faire quelque chose de grandiose. Elle bricole et donne des coups de marteau et crée chose après chose. Mais aucune de ses créations n'est grandiose... Elle devient de plus en plus en colère, jusqu'à ce qu'elle explose! Son chien lui propose alors d'aller se promener. Lorsqu'elle revient, calmée, elle se rend compte que certaines parties de certaines de ses créations ne sont pas mal du tout! Cette histoire créative et drôle rappelle subtilement qu'il faut toujours persévérer pour atteindre son objectif.

This is a story about an inventive girl and her best friend in the whole wild world — her dog. One day, the girl decides that she is going to make the most magnificent thing. She tinkers and hammers and creates thing after thing after thing. But none of the things are magnificent... She gets angrier and angrier until she explodes! Her dog suggests a walk and as she cools off, she notices that some parts of some of the things are actually quite good!

Rendez-moi mon chapeau!

Rendez-moi mon chapeau!

By Jon Klassen | ISBN 978-1-4431-3405-7
Ages 4-8 | PB | Picture Book/Humorous Stories | April 2014
Original Title: I Want My Hat Back

Le chapeau de l'ours a disparu, et il veut le retrouver. Patiemment et poliment, il demande aux animaux qu'il croise, un par un, s'ils ont vu son chapeau. Chaque animal répond non, de façon plus ou moins détaillée. Mais alors que l'ours commence à désespérer, un cerf passe et pose une simple question qui motive l'ours à nouveau et lui donne envie de récupérer son chapeau coûte que coûte. Cette délicieuse histoire à structure répétitive joue avec des illustrations astucieuses et amusantes — et adresse un clin d'oeil aux lecteurs qui seront ravis d'avoir compris la farce.

The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to give up hope, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor — and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke

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