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Sixteen-year-old Whisper, who has a cleft palate, lives in an encampment with three other young "rejects" and their caregiver, Nathanael. They are outcasts from a society that kills or abandons anyone with a physical or mental disability. Whisper?s mother visits once a year. When she dies, she leaves Whisper a violin, which Nathanael teaches her to play. Whisper?s father comes to claim her, and she becomes his house slave, her disfigurement hidden by a black veil. But when she proves rebellious,
Danny has survived everything life has thrown at him: being abandoned at birth, multiple abusive foster homes, life as a con man in training. But when his latest "protector" dies suddenly, Danny has to think fast or he'll be back in foster care again. He decides to assume the identity of a boy who disappeared three years before. If nothing else, he figures it will buy him a little time. Much to his astonishment, his new "family" accepts him as their own?despite the fact that he looks nothing lik
In this retelling of a popular folktale, the Creator makes a unique beast out of leftover animal parts when the universe is first formed.
People go to work every day throughout Canada. Whether you live in a small town or a big city, on a farm or in the suburbs, there are all kinds of jobs you can do. Working in Canadian Communities will tell you more about the people who live and work in different parts of Canada and the types of jobs you can find there.
The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural and social issues in a straightforward and accessible way. These illustrated nonfiction picture books tackle global concerns and initiate conversations about subjects that are difficult, sad or overwhelming with school-aged children who are just beginning to observe the world around them.
Mel is tormented by thoughts that she may be responsible for her best friend's suicide attempt.
In this funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you well beyond the classroom door. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that's perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.
Three Winnipeg teens deal with pregnancy, cultural differences and the fallout of bad decisions. Faye is the "good" adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together and tears them apart, is a need to move beyond the clichés and commit to something-anything-that will bring meaning and joy to their lives. When Faye's long-lost childhood neighbour, Bev, turns up out of the blue, wanting something from her old friend, Faye goes along with B