Book Table

Me and Banksy

Me and Banksy

Dominica's private school is covered in cameras, and someone is hacking into them and posting embarrassing moments for the whole school to see. Like Ana picking her nose. When Dominica quickly changes her shirt from inside out in what she thinks is the privacy of a quiet corner in the library, she's shocked -- and embarrassed -- to discover a video has captured this and is currently circulating amongst her schoolmates. So mortifying, especially since over the past three years, they've had a half-dozen school talks about social media safety.

Who has access to the school security cameras and why are they doing this? Dominica and her best friends, Holden and Saanvi, are determined to find out, and in the process start an art-based student campaign against cameras in the classroom.

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Under Pressure

Under Pressure

Adolescents are no strangers to stress. Here's a book just for them that explores the science behind that sweaty, heart-racing, under-pressure feeling they sometimes get as they struggle to navigate their changing world. It covers the fight-or-flight reaction to sudden danger, how people cope with chronic stress, how trauma can affect the brain, the ways athletes put pressure to work and the surprising treatments scientists have found for stress in everyday life. By examining how pressure affects the human body and different ways to manage it, this book allows middle graders to get a handle on what normal stress is and isn't --- and how to deal with it either way. Because knowing the facts can make all the difference.

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Mya’s Strategy to Save the World

Mya’s Strategy to Save the World

Mya Parsons runs her school’s social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo’s, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya’s grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving.

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Prince of Pot

Prince of Pot

Genre: Teen Fiction

Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, Hazel is a bear that guards the property, and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret. It’s no time to fall in love with the daughter of a cop. Isaac’s girlfriend Sam is unpredictable, ambitious and needy. And as his final year of high school comes to an end, she makes him consider a new kind of life pursuing his interest in art, even if that means leaving behind his beloved home in the Rockies and severing all ties with his family. For a while he hopes he can have it all, until a disastrous graduation night, when Sam’s desperate grab for her father’s attention suddenly puts his entire family at risk.

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Eyes and Spies

Eyes and Spies

Social media and the internet are great for sharing information, meeting new friends, and exchanging points of view. But they also make it very easy to find out everything about you—including things you may not want others to know. This book asks three simple questions: Who’s watching, and why? Where is the line between public and private? How can you keep your secrets to yourself?

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Shadow Warrior

Shadow Warrior

Genre: Children's

It’s 1558, and warlords across Japan are battling for territory and control. Into this setting, award-winning author Tanya Lloyd Kyi weaves the stories of three people: Mochizuki Chiyome, a young woman determined to become a ninja whose plans are thwarted by an arranged marriage; Takeda Shingen (The Tiger), a fierce warlord seeking a new weapon to outsmart his enemies; and Aki, an orphaned tavern girl whose destiny is changed by a mysterious woman. As their stories intersect, the three characters become key players in an elaborate network of undercover female ninjas who will eventually shift the balance of power in Japan.

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DNA Detective

DNA Detective

From genetically-engineered pets to crime solving, the world of DNA will surprise and delight. Full-color photographs complement the text, while Lil Crump’s lively illustrations keep readers entertained.

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Extreme Battlefields

Extreme Battlefields

$16.95 / $14.95 US

Not even the strongest troops can match the power of nature. In each of the ten stories in this volume, well-armed forces set off to battle human enemies but find themselves fighting the environment instead.

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When the Worst Happens

When the Worst Happens

What would you do if you were stranded or trapped in a situation where you had to fight for your life? When the Worst Happens is a collection of intense, true stories set in distant corners of the earth.

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Anywhere But Here

Anywhere But Here

Genre: Teen Fiction

Cole desperately wants to graduate and leave his small, suffocating town. He dreams of a career in film. And everything is going according to plan—until Cole discovers the one secret that could keep him there forever.

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50 Body Questions

50 Body Questions

Most of us eat, run, or sleep without thinking about it. But our bodies are masterful machines of intricate design that perform amazing feats daily. This fifth book in Annick’s successful 50 Questions series guides readers through the details of how our bodies function, from the miracles of genetics, to immune cells shaped like sea monsters.

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50 Poisonous Questions

50 Poisonous Questions

It’s a toxic world out there. Poisonous snakes, dangerous herbicides, mind-altering fumes—poisons in one form or another are all around us. An innocent-looking flower may be lethal, and smog can make it impossible to breathe. But poisons can also protect plants and animals, and even cure human diseases. In a fun question-and-answer format, this book presents the good, the bad, and the downright noxious.

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10 thoughts on “Book Table

  1. I really liked your book called girls who rocked the world. We used it in a project for school. We are in a grade 5 class at Crofton House School. Our teacher is Vicky Harris. She told us that you know Mark Fischer.

  2. Awesome books! Can you write Canadaian KIDS who rocked the world!
    Thank you for replying!

  3. Thanks, Rayna! I know them both. Say hi to Ms. Harris and Mr. Fischer for me. And thanks for stopping by my site!

  4. Sorry for restating what I said before. I just checked and it said that my comment hadn’t been posted so I tried again.

  5. I really thought your book girls who rocked the world was really inspiring and I really liked it. Also my teacher Mrs. Harris told us that you know Mr. Fischer.

  6. Thanks, Rayna! There are some American versions of Girls Who Rocked the World and Boys Who Rocked the World which include characters from all different countries — you might be able to find copies in the library if you’re interested. They’re by Michelle Roehm McCann. Happy reading! 🙂

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