L4U and Overdrive Access

Hello Folks!

As the new year begins, many of you are asking for access to L4U and Overdrive. Here are some important notes regarding your client codes and pins:

If you are new to HCOS:

  • Client codes/pins are sent out at the beginning of the month; in September we will also do a mid-month import. Please be patient as we have many new families to add!
  • The email comes from L4U, so check your junk folder as it often ends up there!
  • If you have lost your info, or if you have moved:

  • Send me your name, address and phone number so I can update your account. Please note that if you move and change your address with the HCOS office, you still have to contact the library to make the address change. Our systems do not connect so we don’t get automatic updates.
  • Once you have your client codes/pins, please review the tutorials on our website under How Do I? We are happy to walk you through the process of booking over the phone, but September is a very busy month and it may be faster to access the tutorials.

    How to Access L4U

    Please contact Kelly Wiebe for shipping information shipping@heritagechristian.ca

    Shandra Wiebe for account and curriculum information swiebe@onlineschool.ca

    School Year Dreams and Goals!

    Good Morning learning commons friends,

    Welcome back to school!  As we start our school year I am so excited to see what the new school year 2015/16 will bring. This summer I experienced the joy of helping my daughter Emily bring our new granddaughter into the world.  Isabelle Grace is a beauty, and we have great hopes and dreams for her!

    Isabelle Grace

    Along with our learning commons vision and goals we pray that our students are filled with the Lord’s wisdom and encouragement to fulfil their hopes and dreams this coming year.  Are they filled with hope and joy, excited about discovering their passions and interests.  Or are they worried about meeting the needs of their textbook and the learning outcomes?  Can they do both?

    I do believe they can!  When we go to the Lord and ask Him to bring joy and curiosity, or fire in our hearts, to question what it is that interests us, we can begin to thrive on learning.  If we want our students to develop a growth mindset  we need to develop the habit of prayer and question in their lives.  I need to remember to role model that myself with my family.  How can I keep the love of learning and inquiry closely tied to my core values.

    Purpose is so closely linked to the growing #MakerEd movement.  To see the wonder and passion in students’ eyes as learning sparks, is what makes teaching so rewarding.  We are so excited about seeing the project based movement meet the needs of many of our students, and our learning commons is developing a wonderful #MakeredSpace with this in mind.  Developing your students skills and talents, while imbuing them with the Love of the Lord, is what our school does best!  We pray that as your students become involved in their community, whether it is in missions, #makered, creativity, or hobbies they find joy and spark in their learning.   We would love to know what is working best for your students with their learning, how are they hacking their community?

    Watch this inspiring video from Peter Benson from TedTalks to learn more about starting off your school year with a spark.

    Blessings to you as you start your new school year!


    Buying Curriculum for the school year? Check out our Sale!

    Hi Folks,

    We have some new and gently used curriculum for sale at great prices! We have math, language arts, french, manipulatives and games and more!sku_227
    You can pay by HCOS PO number for 2015/2016 school year, cash or paypal. Shipping is extra, unless you combine with an order from the library.
    Email Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca with your method of payment, full name and address.

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    Have fun shopping!

    Sonlight Titles in L4U and Overdrive


    Sonlight Titles available in L4U and Overdrive

    We have begun to add many titles to our fiction sections that correlate with the Sonlight curriculum. Whether you use Sonlight or not, these readers and read alouds are great options for your reading pleasure. We have added PDF lists for you to download, letting you know if they are available in L4U or our Overdrive libraries.

    Please note that these pages are under construction as resources are still being catalogued and added to L4U. We will adjust these pages as items get added to L4U, so check back in the Fall for more titles being available.

    Resources for Applied Skills, Art and Health and Career

    We have compiled resource lists for you in the areas of Applied Skills, Art and Health and Career that include Overdrive, L4U and our Subscriptions.

    You can find these resources under Distance Learning Resources and then Curriculum Resources.

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    Applied Skills  (Grade 8 and 9 including Electronics, Foods and Nutrition, Mechanics and Textiles)

    Art  (including Digital Art Resources)

    Health and Career (for all grade levels)

    We hope that these will help you as you are exploring these areas with your students!

    Summer Travel – Geography Resources in Overdrive

    Geography Resources in Overdrive

    Summer is a time for travel and learning about new places. Today, we wanted to highlight some resources we have in Overdrive, whether you are staying right in your home town or travelling around the world, these resources will help your student learn about geography.

    Canadian Cities

    Canadian Cities Unit Study by Vera Tembach (Grades 2-3)

    Loaded with practical activities to help students learn about communities, Canadian Cities combines geography, math, tourism, and language arts into a comprehensive social studies program. Students will learn the capital cities of Canada and how to locate them on a map. They will locate cities within the province of Saskatchewan on a map and discover elements unique to their city. Independent learning activities, fun tourism reports, task cards, a big book and Canada’s capital city game are all included. Students will also discover elements unique to a city, participate in group work, and read a dramatic role. This Social Studies lesson provides a teacher and student section with reader’s theatre, game, big book pattern, task cards, word search, and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

    Community Maps

    Community Maps by Nicolas Brasch (K-3)

    Gives information on types and features of community maps. Includes quizzes and a mapmaking activity to reinforce map literacy.

    Follow that Map

    Follow that Map by Scot Richie (K-3)

    Follow That Map! is a mind-expanding adventure for the young and a unique way to introduce mapping concepts at the primary level and get kids started on the road to mastering this essential skill.

    Henry's Map

    Henry’s Map by David Elliot (K-2)

    Henry is a very particular sort of pig. “A place for everything and everything in its place,” he always says. But when he looks out his window he is troubled. The farm is a mess! Henry is worried that nobody will be able to find anything in this mess. So he draws a map showing all the animals exactly where they belong. And Henry embarks on a journey through the farm, his friends tagging along as he creates his map: sheep in the woolshed, chickens in the coop, the horse in the stable. After the map is complete, Henry uses it to bring himself back home, where he is relieved to know that he is exactly where he belongs. A place for everything and everything in its place, indeed.

    Look Where we Live

    Look Where We Live by Scot Richie (K-3)

    This fun and informational picture book follows five friends as they explore their community during a street fair. The children find adventure close to home while learning about the businesses, public spaces and people in their neighborhood. Young readers will be inspired to re-create the fun-filled day in their own communities.

    Mapping with Google Maps

    Mapping Skills with Google Earth by Paul Bramley (Grades K-2)

    Teach your students the basics of map reading with our engaging resource designed for students in grades prekindergarten to two. Start with the elements found on a map, such as symbols, legends and the compass rose. Then, have your students apply what they’ve learned by mapping their classroom and route to school. Move on to the Great Lakes of North America and the seven continents and four oceans of the world. Our resource gives students the necessary building blocks to continue with the study of mapping skills. Comprised of reading passages, map activities, crossword, word search and comprehension quiz, our resource incorporates curriculum-based lessons with Google Earth™ so students can further understand the basics of map reading with the help of visual and interactive technology.

    Viking's Map

    Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map by Cindy Neuschwander (Grades K-3)

    While riding through the forests of Angleland, cousins Per and Radius realize they are lost and are desperate for a map to guide them home. Soon they come across a mysterious house in the hills. Inside they find a map to a treasure belonging to Xaxon Yellowbearyd, the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Per and Radius must decode the strange numbered grid on the map, while trying to steer clear of the pack of bungling bandits who are on their tail. Will they find the treasure in time?




    Africa Unit Study by Classroom Complete Press (Grades 5-8)

    Take your students on a journey through Africa, its countries, regions and cities by roadways and waterways. Understand its location relative to the rest of the world. Learn the interesting physical characteristics, wildlife, vegetation, population, and climates of the regions. Discover which human and environmental interactions are being made in Africa that impact world wide. Students will also learn the movement of goods and services, natural and manufactured resources throughout the continent. Our ready-to-use resource is written using simplified language and vocabulary, geography concepts are presented in a way is easier for students to understand. Comprised of reading passages, student activities, and 12 color overhead transparencies maps and 12 blackline student maps. Crossword, Word Search and Comprehension Quiz included.


    Antarctica Unit Study by Classroom Complete Press (Grades 5-8)

    Take your students on a journey through the barren continent of Antarctica which is covered by a sheet of ice more than two miles thick! This harsh continent has many features that make it unique including beautiful icebergs, snowy mountains and penguins. Learn the interesting physical characteristics, wildlife and extreme climates of the regions. Discover which human and environmental interactions are being made in Antarctica with our ready-to-use resource that is written using simplified language and vocabulary. Geography concepts are presented in a way that makes them easier for students to understand. Comprised of reading passages, student activities, 12 color overhead transparencies and 6 blackline student maps.

    Canada Eh!

    Canada Eh! Unit Study by Doug Sylvester (Grades 4-6)

    Canada — the land of boundless natural beauty and untapped resources. In our unit, students will adventure into Canada, exploring the geographical, geopolitical and industrial make-up of the nation. Our unit starts off with a knowledge-based section, where students are expected to know the names and locations of the provinces, territories and capital cities. Student notes and a map activity are used in correlation with this section. Students then study the main landforms of Canada, emphasizing the industries important to each area. This Canada lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, activities, crossword, word search, colouring book and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

    Charting the World

    Charting the World by Richard Pancyck (Grade 4 and up)

    Maps have been a part of human culture since the days of scratching on cave walls, and this richly illustrated history chronicles the road from simple diagrams used to avoid danger to the complex, navigational charts used today. Displaying an array of historic atlases and a variety of cartography styles, this book allows young readers to test their map-reading skills while discovering the intricate beauty and the wealth of information held within. Geographical concepts are spotlighted through an assortment of guided activities—including finding the elevation of hills, plotting a course with a magnetic compass, creating three-dimensional land models using a contour map, and performing a plot survey. Drawing the conclusion that the study of geography and maps is crucial to understanding an ever-changing planet, this handbook discloses the ways in which technological advances in cartography can further discussions on climate change, warfare, environmental conservation, population growth, and other timely topics.

    If the World Were a Village

    If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith (Grade 4 and up)

    This bestseller is newly revised with updated statistics, new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By shrinking the planet down to a village of just 100 people, children will discover how to grow up global and establish their own place in the world village.

    Map Reading Skills

    Map Reading Skills by Myrl Shireman (Grades 5-8)

    Get your GPS going with students in grades 5–8 using Map Reading Skills! The activities in this 80-page book provide students with ample opportunities to practice and apply map skills. Map and diagram exercises and hands-on activities reinforce skills. This book includes reproducible maps and a special section on GPS and its uses, and it highlights essential vocabulary in bold. The book aligns with state, national, and Canadian provincial standards.

    Around the World in Eighty Days

    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (Grade 9 and up)

    Taking up a challenge from his whist partners, a mysterious English gentleman named Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune and abandons his quiet domestic routine to undertake a daring feat: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days, an achievement unheard of in the Victorian world.
    Fogg and Passepartout, his devoted manservant, avail themselves of virtually every known means of transportation in their wild race against time. All the while, a devious detective dogs their every step and introduces fresh obstacles. The resourceful Fogg faces each new trial with unshakable aplomb, through a constantly shifting background of exotic locales — from the jungles of India, a Chinese opium den, and a Japanese circus to a full-throttle train ride under attack by Sioux and a bloodless mutiny aboard a tramp steamer.

    Kon Tiki

    Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl (Grades 9 and up)

    “Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? …Reply at once.” That is how six brave and inquisitive men came to seek a dangerous path to test a scientific theory. On a primitive raft made of forty-foot balsa logs and named “Kon-Tiki” in honor of a legendary sun king, Heyerdahl and five companions deliberately risked their lives to show that the ancient Peruvians could have made the 4,300-mile voyage to the Polynesian islands on a similar craft.
    On every page of this true chronicle—from the actual building of the raft through all the dangerous and comic adventures on the sea, to the spectacular crash-landing and the native islanders’ hula dances—each reader will find a wholesome and spellbinding escape from the twenty-first century.

    reviews by Overdrive

    What’s New in Overdrive? More Social Studies Picture Books!

    Social studies Picture Books in Overdrive

    We have recently added an extensive collection of Social Studies Picture Books into our Overdrive e-library. Topics worth checking out include; geography, social justice issues, and current events. They would be helpful in exploring outcomes from K-3 based on Needs and Wants, Communities, Families, Social Structures, How Physical Environments Influence Human Activities and Cultural Similarities and Differences. Here are a few of our new additions:

    The Everlasting Embrace

    The Everlasting Embrace by Gabrielle Emanuel

    Each morning as the sun brightens the West African sky, mother and child prepare to start their day. They spend it bound together, the child riding on the mother’s back watching their world go past. Pounding millet, drawing water from the well, visiting friends, shopping at the outdoor market—days are shared in perfect step with one another. And even when the child grows big enough to go off and explore their world, the everlasting embrace endures.

    Illustrated with E.B. Lewis’s stunning watercolors that bring to life the land and people of Mali, Gabrielle Emanuel’s tender story celebrates the universal bond between mother and child.

    The Good Garden

    The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway

    María’s family are poor Honduran farmers, growing barely enough to eat. Then a new teacher comes to town and shows María sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. An inspiring story, based on actual events, that shows us how farms and hopes are transformed as good gardens begin to grow.

    If the World Were a Village

    If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith

    This bestseller is newly revised with updated statistics, new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By shrinking the planet down to a village of just 100 people, children will discover how to grow up global and establish their own place in the world village.

    Kenya's Song

    Kenya’s Song by Linda Price

    Kenya’s homework is to pick her favorite song and share it with her class. Sounds simple, but for Kenya, it’s anything but. With all that beautiful music in the world, how can she possibly choose? Her family and friends try to help by offering their favorite songs as choices, but it’s no help to Kenya. While those around her have made some great suggestions, Kenya has a hard time calling any one of them her favorite. For inspiration, Kenya accompanies her father to the Caribbean Cultural Center where he plays music. Kenya hears music from Cuba and Trinidad, Haiti and Puerto Rico. She hears music in all different languages—French, English, Spanish. But still, Kenya can’t decide which song she likes best. Finally, Kenya makes her decision—one that will surprise readers while inspiring them to listen to the world around them.

    The Market Bowl

    The Market Bowl by Jim Averbeck

    Yoyo has listened to Mama Cécile’s song about how to make ndolé (bitterleaf stew) her entire life—long enough to know how to make it herself, now that she is finally old enough. But slicing the bitterleaf, grinding the pumpkin, measuring out the shrimp—it just takes too long. Yoyo is confident that her variation on the stew will be good enough. As Mama Cécile and Yoyo set off to market, Mama reminds Yoyo what will happen if she refuses a fair price for the stew—Brother Coin, the Great Spirit of the Market, will put a curse on their market bowl. When Yoyo refuses to heed Mama’s advice, she is faced with the task of trying to regain a blessing from the god himself. An original folktale set in modern-day Cameroon, THE MARKET BOWL teaches readers a lesson about patience, humility, and the value of a fair price. Back matter includes further information about Cameroon and its people and traditions as well as a recipe for ndolé—Cameroon’s national food dish.

    Mimi's Village

    Mimi’s Village by Katie Smith Milway

    In this addition to the CitizenKid™ collection of inspiring stories from around the globe, Mimi Malaho and her family help bring basic health care to their community. By making small changes like sleeping under mosquito nets and big ones like building a clinic with outside help, the Malahos and their neighbors transform their Kenyan village from one afraid of illness to a thriving community.

    “A great resource for introducing children to the issues surrounding global health and empowering them to get involved.” — Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director, Partners In Health

    One Hen

    One Hen by Katie Smith Milway

    Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.

    One Well

    One Well by Rochelle Strauss

    Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Discover the many ways water is used around the world, and what kids can do to protect it.

    Razia's Ray of Hope

    Razia’s Ray of Hope by Elizabeth Suneby

    Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small village in Afghanistan, girls haven’t been allowed to attend school for many years. When a new girls’ school opens in the village, a determined Razia must convince her father and oldest brother that educating her would be best for her, their family and their community.

    The Red Bicycle

    The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella

    Leo rides his beloved red bicycle to school, soccer practice and everywhere in between. He is devastated when he outgrows Big Red. But when Leo learns of a bicycle donation program, he perks up—someone who really needs his bike can give it a new life. Little does he know that Big Red will change other people’s lives, too. Follow the bike as it travels to West Africa, where it helps people in Burkina Faso bring goods to the market, and serves as a makeshift ambulance, proving that an ordinary bicycle can be truly extraordinary.

    The Soccer Fence

    The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner

    In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.
    As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true.
    This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.

    Talking Walls

    Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight

    If walls could talk, what would they say? Perhaps they would tell us who built them and why. Maybe they could even tell us about people’s lives today. In this book walls really do talk, and oh, the stories they tell. Talking Walls: Discover Your World combines and updates two earlier books, Talking Walls (1992) and Talking Walls: The Stories Continue (1996), which have sold 170,000 copies. This new edition includes revised text that makes it more accessible to English Language Learners and easier to read aloud.

    This Child, Every Child

    This Child, Every Child by David J. Smith

    The team behind If the World Were a Village returns with a revealing glimpse into the lives of children around the world. This Child, Every Child uses statistics and stories to draw kids into the world beyond their own borders and provide a window into the lives of fellow children.

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    Curriculum for Sale

    Hi Folks,

    We have some new and gently used curriculum for sale at great prices!
    You can pay by HCOS PO number for 2015/2016 school year, cash or cheque. Shipping is extra, unless you combine with an order from the library.
    Email Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca with your method of payment, full name and address.

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    July Learning Commons Newsletter!


    Welcome to the start of summer holidays!  With all the gorgeous spring sunshine we are enjoying, maybe you are already planning out your camping and fishing trips or an exotic, wild adventure?  While you do that we would like to remind you to encourage your student’s literacy, by helping them go on their own reading adventures.  Statistics have shown that students who spend time on daily reading and math activities experience acceleration in literacy and numeric skills.  So kids go join your local public library reading club, and read fiction or non-fiction to inspire your mind,  and grow your vocabulary skills!

    Find out more about accelerating literacy with Pippa’s article on Summer Reading Basics. 

    Natalie shares on new Canadian historical fiction in Overdrive with her articles, part one and two.  She has linked the books to study guides for your convenience!  Find time to catch up on homeschooling and distance learning philosophies here.

    Upcoming Webinar for New Patrons!

    Pippa, Natalie and Shandra will host a one hour virtual Blackboard session for new learning commons patrons to HCOS on June 22nd from  10.30 am- 11.45 am. Come and hear how to find and retrieve awesome digital resources you can find in our physical and virtual learning commons. This session will be a 45 minute presentation and then 15 minutes for questions. Bring your devices!  Register here:

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    Current Awareness Newsletter with summer lesson ideas, and news on homeschooling and Magna Carta!

    Updated Pages on the website!

    Art Resources

    Health and Career Resources.

    Makered Resources.

    BOOK AND CURRICULUM SALE!! The HCS Learning Commons is having a Book and Curriculum SALE on June 23rd and 24th (Tuesday and Wednesday). Drop in between 10am and 5pm to check out the great deals and FREE items! And you can pay with your PO number! We are located at 907 Badke RD in Kelowna (campus school building). We are also adding to our Book Sale Google doc, so if you are from out-of-town, you can still check out the deals! Adding more items daily, so check back often!
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    Do you use Sonlight curriculum, or just love their book lists? Well, we have purchased their Core program books for both the L4U library and Overdrive E-books! So if we don’t have the physical book, you can check for the e-book. What a great way to inspire your children with great reading, and save money too!


    At this time, patrons cannot renew their items online. L4U is working on the problem. Please contact Shandra or Kelly to renew your items.

    The physical commons will be closed for most of July but we look forward to helping you in August!

    Blessings and joy to you and your families for the summer holidays!

    New Canadian Historical Fiction in Overdrive (Part 2)

    Canadian Historical Fiction in Overdrive 2

    Here is the second instalment highlighting our new Canadian Historical Fiction in Overdrive. There are many more great titles to explore. Enjoy!!

    The Lamp, the Ice and a Boat called Fish

    The Lamp, the Ice and the Boat Called Fish by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish tells the dramatic story of the Canadian Arctic expedition that set off in 1913 to explore the high north.

    Lucky's Mountain

    Lucky’s Mountain by Dianne Haycock

    The year is 1935 and Maggie Sullivan’s world has fallen apart. Maggie has grown up in a close-knit mining community perched atop a mountain in British Columbia. But now her father has been killed in a mine explosion and she is being forced to leave the only home she has ever known. To make matters worse, she must also leave behind her best friend Lucky, the three-legged dog that was a special gift from Pa.

    Note: Teacher’s Guide for Lucky’s Mountain here.

    The Lynching of Louie Sam

    The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

    Between 1882 and 1968 there were 4,742 lynchings in the United States. In Canada during the same period there was one—the hanging of American Indian Louie Sam.

    The year is 1884, and 15-year-old George Gillies lives in the Washington Territory, near the border with British Columbia. In this newly settled land, white immigrants have an uneasy relationship with the Native Indians. When George and his siblings discover the murdered body of a local white man, suspicion immediately falls on a young Indian named Louie Sam. George and his best friend, Pete, follow a lynch mob north into Canada, where the terrified boy is seized and hung.

    But even before the deed is done, George begins to have doubts. Louie Sam was a boy, only 14—could he really be a vicious murderer? Were the mob leaders motivated by justice, or were they hiding their own guilt? As George uncovers the truth—implicating Pete’s father and other prominent locals—tensions in the town rise, and he must face his own part in the tragedy. But standing up for justice has devastating consequences for George and his family.

    Inspired by the true story of the lynching, recently acknowledged as a historical injustice by Washington State, this powerful novel offers a stark depiction of historical racism and the harshness of settler life. The story will provoke readers to reflect on the dangers of mob mentality and the importance of speaking up for what’s right.

    Meyer's Creek

    Meyer’s Creek by Connie Brummel Crook

    A compelling story of the true experiences of a United Empire Loyalist family during a critical period of Canadian history. Mary Meyers is typical of any nineteen-year-old. She longs for adventure—and for freedom to live her own life.But in the year 1786, and the realities that face newly settled United Empire Loyalist families like Mary’s are often harsh. In this continuation of the Meyers family saga that began with the author’s first novel, Flight, Mary must come to terms with danger, the survival of her family, and love.”

    Note: Study Guide (Ideas and Activities) for Meyers Creek is available here.

    The Old Brown Suitcase

    The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Boraks Nemetz

    The Old Brown Suitcase, an award winning book that has sold extraordinarily well both nationally and internationally, now appears in a new edition by Ronsdale Press. The novel narrates the absorbing story of a young girl who survived the Holocaust against all odds.

    At age fourteen, Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, memories that now haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. She cannot forget her extraordinary escape from the Ghetto when she walked alone through the gate while the guards were looking the other way. Nor can she forget being swallowed up in a strange and unknown place to survive under a hidden identity.

    The story juxtaposes heart-wrenching scenes from a child’s life in war-torn Poland with the life of a teenager trying to adjust to a new country in time of peace. In Canada, it is not easy for Slava to build a bridge between two cultures; nor is it easy to live with the turmoil of her immediate past. At the same time she must face the new challenges involved in being an immigrant, a Jew and a teenage girl. This new edition appends notes on the Warsaw ghetto and a bibliography for future reading.

    The Phantoms Gold

    The Phantom’s Gold by Eric Murphy

    A year after a tragic accident, thirteen-year-old William McCoy runs away to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia to be with his late father’s family. He finds more than just memories: he also finds a high-stakes schooner race, clues to the location of a legendary stash of gold … and the ghost of his ancestor, the famous rum-runner Bill “The Real” McCoy!

    Rescue at Fort Edmonton

    Rescue at Fort Edmonton by Rita Feutl

    Janey doesn’t want to spend the summer away from her friends in Toronto – and certainly not in Edmonton with the grandmother she hardly knows. But her parents will be away – her mother in Turkey designing housing for earthquake victims, her dad on business trips.Her first surprise is her feisty grandma, who meets her at the airport in her vintage Cadillac, Marilyn. The second comes when she visits the Fort Edmonton historic park and time travels to 1907. The third is learning the real reason she’s in Edmonton. Her grandma is going through cancer treatment and needs someone to be with her.Janey makes four trips, each to a different period of Fort Edmonton’s history. What draws her into the past? Only on the last trip does she discover the meaning of her adventures – and their crucial connection to her own family.Rita Feutl’s first novel features a deftly handled plot and a wealth of fascinating characters from prairie history.

    Note: Novel Study Guide for Rescue at Fort Edmonton is available here.

    The Reunion

    The Reunion by Jacqueline Pearce

    Shannon is excited about spending a week at her friend Rina’s house, but she’s a little nervous too. Rina seems to be able to do everything better than she can and her home is chaotic compared to Shannon’s own. When things fall apart, Rina’s grandmother is there to tell them a story from her past, early in the Second World War. The story is about a rift between her and her childhood friend, Mitsu, a rift that could never be healed because Mitsu and her family were taken away from the small town of Paldi and interned with other Japanese Canadians. Rina’s grandmother, Jas, never saw Mitsu again. That is, not until Shannon and Rina find a handful of forgotten beads in the bottom of a cardboard box.

    Note: Teacher’s Guide for The Reunion here.

    Strawberry Moon

    Strawberry Moon by Becky Citra

    The year is 1838 and Ellie’s grandmother has arrived all the way from England. Ellie is horrified to discover that the forbidding old woman intends to take her back to Britain to be raised properly. Ellie is determined that she will not go, but what can a nine-year-old girl do in the face of an adult with her mind made up?

    Note: Teacher Guide for Strawberry Moon is available here.

    Willa's New World

    Willa’s New World by Barbara Demers

    Willa is a thirteen-year-old orphan shipped to the new world in 1795. Resourceful and strong-willed, she survives many hardships before travelling on foot from Hudson’s Bay to Fort Edmonton with native companions who show her a genuinely “new” world.Life doesn’t look promising for Willa when her family is wiped out by the London plague. Her uncaring uncle ships her to York Factory on Hudson’s Bay, scarcely expecting her to survive the trip. But she’s stronger than he knows. Not only does she make it to the new world, but she also survives unscrupulous thieves by going to work for Master George, the fort commander, and by befriending Amelia, the aboriginal cook.Through her successful work and the support of Amelia, Willa begins to be something she has never dreamed of – a strong and independent person. After Willa refuses Master George’s surprise offer of marriage, she decides she must leave again. As Amelia’s relatives lead her across the northern wilderness to Fort Edmonton, they show her a land of great beauty and teach Willa how to live in accord with this natural world.

    Winds of L'Acadie

    Winds of L’Acadie by Lois Donovan

    When sixteen-year-old Sarah from Toronto learns that she is to spend the summer with her grandparents in Nova Scotia, she is convinced that it will be the most tedious summer ever. She gets off to a rough start when she meets Luke, the nephew of her grandmother’s friend, and one unfortunate event leads to another. Just when she thinks her summer cannot get much worse, she finds herself transported to Acadia in 1755.

    Here she meets Anne and learns much about the Acadian culture and history and the Acadians’ relations with the Mi’kmac people. She also experiences the warmth she has always wanted of a closely knit family. When Sarah realizes that the peace-loving Acadians are about to be torn from their homes and banished to distant shores, she is desperate to find a way to help them. Forced to abandon her pampered, stylish lifestyle, Sarah uncovers a strength and determination she did not know she possessed.

    Although Sarah has to come to terms with the fact that “you can’t change history,” she is willing to risk her life to do everything in her power to help her Acadian family, and finds a surprising ally in Luke. Winds of L’Acadie, a historical novel for readers ten and up, reveals a painful part of Canadian history through the relationship of two young women from different centuries.

    Note: Teacher Guide for Winds of L’Acadie is available here.

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