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Most Beautiful Thing, The

Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this heartfelt nonfiction picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia wishes for braces to straighten her crooked teeth, it is her grandmother who helps her find what is truly beautiful.

Mouse in the House

A farcical catch-the-mouse caper starring Mr. Bosh-big chief mouse-catcher, and Mr. Bumble-assistant mouse-catcher (wearing shoes that squeak like a mouse). They try all the old tricks, but the mouse is always one step ahead.

Mouse's Apples, The

Learn how selfishness can be replaced by sharing with this glorious, rhyming picture book.

Movie Magic (Blastoff! Discovery)

Lights, camera, action! The set goes quiet, and the movie's stars perform a show-stopping scene. But what happens when the camera isn't rolling? From costumes to special effects, this series is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the work that goes into some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.

Mr. Green Grows a Garden

In the middle of the big city, there was a tired, ugly place that made Mr. Green feel very sad."" So begins this uplifting and charming story of the magic that can happen when young people, older people, and plants come together. Mr. Green and his friend Mo turn an abandoned, forlorn space into a garden for their community in this inspirational story. The story explores the importance of planting trees and creating places for wildlife, rebuilding ecosystems, embracing intergenerational friendships, and how discovering nature and being outdoors is good for our mental health. The story is told with beautiful artwork created from collage and pencil drawings.

Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps: A hair-raising history of women's hairstyles in 18th-century London

History is full of fascinating stories of colourful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!

Munro vs. the Coyote  

Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there's a taunting, barking, biting voice he calls "the Coyote" Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Brisbane he intends to move beyond his troubled past. It is there, at an assisted-living residence called Fair Go Community Village, that Munro discovers the Coyote can be silenced. Munro volunteers as a "Living Partner" and gets to know the team of residents he is assigned to. The burden Munro carries, however, is not so easily cast aside. When one of the team makes the decision to leave, the Coyote gets a new life. When a second resident is taken away, the specter of trauma and death looms larger than ever. Will Munro learn how to silence the voice? Or will the Coyote ultimately triumph? • White Pine Award Nominee •

Music Scene

The Music Scene series focuses on what today's new musicians are doing, what they seek to convey through their music, and how they are using new techniques and technology to create and promote their work. Each book introduces readers to influential musicians and presents brief historical background as well as highlighting the work of a variety of contemporary musicians and their music.

Musician, The

In ancient China, a young musician named Yu Boya gained fame for his talents. On the night of the Moon Festival, he encounters a mysterious woodcutter who is also a musician and admires Boya?s most famous song: Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water. Their friendship deepens and Boya vows to play the song for his new friend every year on the festival night. But the next year, upon hearing of his friend?s death, Boya smashes his instrument and never plays again. To this day, the word for ôclose friendshipö means ôunderstanding the music.ö

My Best Friend Is Extinct  

Ten-year-old Henry Springs is thrilled when the wintery resort town he and his mom recently moved to experiences a record-breaking snowfall. There are even rumours that the extreme weather could mark the beginning of a new ice age. One day, while exploring one of the many tunnels running through the town's snowbanks, Henry discovers a strange,prehistoric-like creature that is seriously injured. Henry immediately names him Yarp and hauls the wounded animal back to his house on a makeshift sled. There he builds a secret cave for Yarp and slowly nurses him back to health. But, as Henry soon discovers, Yarp is not the only unusual beast lurking in the neighbourhood. Where did these creatures come from and how can Henry keep his new friend safe?