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A #wehavediversebooks selection for children and teens.
The Comic Book War

The Comic Book War

by Jacqueline Guest
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : superheroes

Can three comic-book superheroes, and a rock that falls from the sky, really protect Robert Tourond's brothers as they fight the enemy in Europe during World War II? It's 1943 and World War II is raging. 13-year-old Robert Tourond is safe at home in Calgary, but his three brothers are all overseas, fighting the Nazis. A dreamer, Robert closely follows the exploits of his three favourite comic book heroes - Captain Ice, Sedna of the Sea and the Maple Leaf Kid - who also battle thebad guys in the …

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The Stone Thrower

The Stone Thrower

by Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : african american, football, cultural heritage

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community that was divided from the rest of town by a set of train tracks, but his mother assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was …

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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
edition:Hardcover
tagged : women, post-confederation (1867-), prejudice & racism

Finalist for the 2011 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

"On behalf of the Nova Scotia government, I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Viola Desmond’s family and to all African Nova Scotians for the racial discrimination she was subjected to by the justice system … We recognize today that the act for which Viola Desmond was arrested, was an act of courage, not an offence." -- Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, April 15, 2010

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatr …

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition:Hardcover
tagged : music, multigenerational, asian american

In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. “It's a talent show, Hana,” they tell her. “You'll be a disaster!” Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determine …

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The Matatu

The Matatu

by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Audiobook eBook
tagged : africa, country & ethnic, african

Kioko had been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he could remember. But today, for his fifth birthday, he climbs aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, the village dogs chase after them. When Kioko asks his grandfather why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus, his grandfather tells him an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with many unexpected turns and twists along …

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The conductor picked his way down the aisle, collecting fares, making change and giving tickets.
    "All the way to Machakos?" he asked Kioko's grandfather.
    "Yes, to the end."
    "Eighteen shillings for two."
    "Eighteen?" his grandfather asked. "He is so small, you should only charge half the fare for him."
    "He is small. If you want a cheaper fare, we can tie his feet together like the chickens and put him on the roof."
For a moment, Kioko thought they were serious, but then the men laughed.

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Oscar Lives Next Door

Oscar Lives Next Door

A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood
by Bonnie Farmer, illustrated by Marie Lafrance
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : music, canada

Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation.
Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates his tale …

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In a Cloud of Dust

In a Cloud of Dust

by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : africa, friendship, values & virtues

In a Tanzanian village school, Anna struggles to keep up. Her walk home takes so long that when she arrives, it is too dark to do her homework. Working through the lunch hour instead, she doesn’t see the truck from the bicycle library pull into the schoolyard. By the time she gets out there, the bikes are all gone. Anna hides her disappointment, happy to help her friends learn to balance and steer. She doesn’t know a compassionate friend will offer her a clever solution—and the chance to r …

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Community Soup

Community Soup

illustrated by Alma Fullerton
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : africa, humorous stories, homelessness & poverty

In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, teachers and students are gathering their vegetables for soup. But all Kioni brought today were her troublesome goats. How can they contribute?

In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all the vegetables. The ensuing chaos …

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Kioni has a herd of goats With hair of calico. And everywhere Kioni goes, Those goats are sure to--Oh no!

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