Elementary Level

where poppies grow Title: Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion

Author: Linda Granfield

Level: Grades 4-8

References: Culture

Summary: When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers would be home by Christmas. They were tragically mistaken. With photos, memorabilia, and anecdotes, Linda Granfield brings us face-to-face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country. These painstakingly-gathered bits and pieces are remnants of conflict on a scale never before witnessed. Hastily-penned letters, notes written in code, and prayers for deliverance form an eloquent portrait of humanity, and a startling comment on the devastation of war.

“Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

The Reunion Title: The Reunion

Author: Jacqueline Pearce

Level: Grades 2-5

References: Race, Culture

Summary: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.

“The Reunion” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com
Rachel The Maybe House Title: The maybe house : Rachel

Author: Lynne Kositsky

Level: Grades 4-8

References: Race

Summary: The Maybe House is the sequel to A Mighty Big Imagining, the story of Rachel, a runaway slave from South Carolina in 1783.

Rachel and her pregnant mother, Sukey, have come to Birchtown, Nova Scotia, to be with Rachel’s stepfather, Titan, and to start a new life of freedom. The continuing story finds Rachel’s family living in a pit-cabin — a hole in the ground — like many other families who were forced to live on government rations after the war.

Baby Jem enters the family and increases the desperation to survive the cold and hunger as Titan struggles to build them a house.

Through his incredible perseverance, Rachel and her family at last have a proper home. Rachel is determined to survive, to live free and, most of all, to learn to read.

Every day she faces challenges and setbacks. Like her stepfather, Rachel manages to endure and, out of sheer determination, confronts a boy from town and convinces him to teach her to read.

“The maybe house : Rachel” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Title: Tyrell

Author: Coe Booth

Level: Grades 7-12

References: Race, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Tyrell is a young, African American teen who can’t get a break. He’s living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His father’s in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn’t feel good enough for her— and seems to be always on the verge of doing the wrong thing around her. There’s another girl at the homeless shelter who is also after him, although the desires there are complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his father’s footsteps?

“Tyrell.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Title: My Name is Seepeetza

Author: Shirley Sterling

Level: Grades 4-8

References: Race, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Based on the real-life experience of the author, a member of the Salish First Nation, and written in journal format, this memoir of a young girl portrays her experience with living away from home in an Indian Residential School.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: Odd Ball

Author: Arthur John Stewart

Level: Grades 7-12

References: Body Image

Summary: Humorous and quirky, Odd Ball is narrated by various characters, especially by three students: Kevin, Stephanie and Paula. The “odd ball” is Jobbi, a recent immigrant from Latvia who is kind, clever and insightful. However, Jobbis’ thick accent often makes him a target for bullying at school. As the students grow and develop, Stephanie decides that she can only change if she puts work into it and strives to plan a school dance that will bring all the social groups together once and for all.

Adapted from: Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: Wanting Mor

Author: Rukhsana Khan

Level: Grades 5-10

References: Culture, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Those who enjoyed Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner trilogy will want to read Wanting Mor. It explores the true-life story of young girl living in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Her life has been ripped apart by the death of her mother, which leaves her fate in hands of the irresponsible addict who is her father. Removed from her community, virtually enslaved wherever her father squats, betrayed by his marriage for money and ultimately deserted in the streets of Kabul, Jameela survives and tries to be observant and faithful life her mother modelled. With the help of a stranger and the shelter of an orphanage which provides an education, connects her with the foreign military who provide medical treatment for a cleft lip and the support of teachers and friends, Jameela makes a life for herself, despite the odds. Poetic justice is served to her father in the end. A satisfying read, this book also illuminates some of the customs a faithful young Muslim would endeavour to follow.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: If I Grow Up

Author: Todd Strasser

Level: Grades 7-12

References: Socio-Economic Status, Race

Summary: An incredibly gritty novel that is narrated by DeShawn, a young boy living in the projects who battles against what he sees to be his inevitable future as a gang member. Being raised by his grandmother, as his mother was a victim of gang gunfire, DeShawn rallies to change his future. As the novel unfolds, however, the harsh realities of life in the projects, and the hopes for the future of those who live there, becomes the central point of the novel.

“If I Grow Up.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/01/12 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Title: Tight Times

Author: Barbara Shook Hazen

Level: Grades K-3

References: Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Depicting the struggles of a family dealing with unemployment and tight times, Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrations are so strong that this story can be used with the text or as a wordless book. Great for activating inferences and opening up discussion about wants and needs, or the influence of employment on family life.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: Fly Away Home

Author: Eve Bunting

Level: Grades K-3

References: Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Coping with homelessness and economic challenges, this father and son (and other families like them) live within a large airport, trying to blend in and avoid notice.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity. Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: A Shelter in Our Car

Author: Monica Gunning

Level: Grades K-4

References: Socio-Economic Status

Summary: This story about a mother and daughter who have immigrated to America from Jamaica puts a face on the issue of homelessness. Living in their car, washing in park washrooms and making meals without a kitchen seems very far from home. Initiative, determination and love are forces that help this family move forward.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: When the Cherry Blossoms Fall

Author: Jennifer Maruno

Level: Grades 4-8

References: Race

Summary: Although her ancestors have lived in Canada for over a century, systemic racism disguised as government policy splits up Michiko’s family and removes Michiko from her home in Vancouver to the interior of BC in 1942, there to experience a life very different from home, laced with local prejudice and positive humanity. Connections: War of the Eagles and its sequel, Caged Eagles, both by master storyteller, Eric Walters, also tells a story of Japanese Canadians interred in Canada during World War II.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

Title: The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

Author: Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore

Level: Grades K-8

References: Race, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: It is possible to fight injustice with hope. The lifework of Dr. Gordon Sato, a Japanese American interred in the Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II, builds on the experiences he gained as a teenager in a concentration camp in the Californian desert. Inspired by lessons learned about growing corn in the dry, dusty soil of the desert, Dr. Sato has developed ways to fight famine worlds away. As a cell biologist, Dr. Sato has established mangrove plantings adjacent to the ocean to enable communities recovering from civil war and famine to fight poverty and hunger by improving nutrition and creating sustainable employment opportunities, with the added benefit of slowing climate change.

Mentor Texts to Promote Equity and Inclusivity . Seaforth: Avon Maitland District School Board, 2012. Print.

boy in motion Title: Boy in motion : Rick Hansen’s story

Author: Ainslie Manson ; illustrated by Renné Benoit

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Physical Ability

Summary: Presents the true story of Rick Hansen, whose life was changed forever when the truck in which he was riding flipped over and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

“Boy in motion : Rick Hansen’s story ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

education Title: Education

Author: Katie Duckworth

Suitable for: Grades 3-6

References: Race, Culture, Physical Ability, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Profiles six children from around the world whose circumstances–poverty, homelessness, disability, child labor, and war–present obstacles to getting an education and discusses the rights of such children to schooling as declared by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Education” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

martin's big words Title: Martin’s big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Author: Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Brian Collier

Suitable for: Grades 3-6

References: Race

Summary: Looks at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, explaining his work to bring about a peaceful end to segregation.

“Martin’s big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

roll on Title: Roll on : Rick Hansen wheels around the world

Author: Ainslie Manson ; illustrations by Ron Lightburn

Suitable for: K-3

References: Physical Ability

Summary: The story of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion world tour and some of the children he inspired.

“Roll on : Rick Hansen wheels around the world” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/19/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

season of rage Title: Season of rage : Hugh Burnett and the struggle for civil rights

Author: John Cooper

Suitable for: Grades 7-10

References: Race

Summary: Recounts how the National Unity Association, a group of African-Canadian citizens in Dresden, Ontario, challenged the racist attitudes of the 1950s and worked with Toronto civil-rights activists to influence Ontario government.

“Season of rage : Hugh Burnett and the struggle for civil rights” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Caged Eagles Title: Caged eagles

Author: Eric Walters

Suitable for: Grades 7-12

References: Race, Socio-economic status

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Tadashi Fukushima, forced to move with his family from their fishing village on the northwest coast of British Columbia to an internment center in Vancouver during World War II, struggles to make sense of the racism and injustice to which Japanese immigrants are being subjected.

“Caged eagles” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Shannen and the dream for a school Title: Shannen and the dream for a school

Author: Janet Wilson

Suitable for: Grades 5 -8

References: Race, Culture

Summary: . Presents the true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979 when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building.

“Shannen and the dream for a school” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Susan Laughs Title: Susan Laughs

Author: Jeanne Willis; Tony Ross

Suitable for: Grades K-3

References: Physical Ability

Summary: Susan laughs, she sings, she rides, she swings. She gets angry, she gets sad, she is good, she is bad. In fact, Susan is no different from any other child. .. It is not until we turn the last page that the reader realizes that Susan is in a wheelchair – a revelation that is thought provoking and paves the way for discussion about this important issue.

“Susan Laughs ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Annie and Helen Title: Annie and Helen

Author: Raúl Colón (Illustrator); Deborah Hopkinson

Suitable for: Grades 2-5

References: Physical Ability

Summary: In this lucid picture book, readers follow Annie Sullivan’s journey to teach young Helen Keller, at age seven, noted for her tantrums. Most know that Sullivan used the manual alphabet to fingerspell in the child’s hand, but what is breathtakingly shown here, through accurate, cross-hatched watercolor paintings; excerpts from Sullivan’s correspondence to her former teacher; and concise and poetic language, is the woman’s patience and belief in the intelligence of her student to grasp the concepts of language.

“Annie and Helen” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Gift Days Title: Gift Days

Author: Kari-Lynn Winters; Stephen Taylor (Illustrator)

Suitable for: Grades 3-6

References: Race, Culture

Summary: Young Nassali longs to read and write like her brother, but since her mother’s death, Nassali is responsible for looking after her younger siblings and running the household. There is no time for books and learning. Then one day, she wakes up to discover that her chores have been taken care of. It is her first gift day. From that day on, once a week, her brother gives Nassali the gift of time so that she can pursue her dream of an education, just as her mother would have wanted.

“Gift Days” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

I Have a Dream Title: I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King

Author: Margaret Davidson

Suitable for: Grades 3-6

References: Race, Culture

Summary: A brief biography detailing the major achievements of the leader who worked for equal rights for African-Americans.

“I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone Title: The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone

Author: Jack Batten

Level: Grades 5-12

References: Race

Summary: He was pre-branding, pre-Aboriginal awareness, pre-Donovan Bailey. He didn’t sport a corporate decal, was Native and was once among the fastest men alive.
Tom Longboat was a Canadian runner at the turn of the 20th century, at a time when running was the sport. And Longboat was the best of the lot.
In 1907, he won the Boston Marathon, a major showcase for long distance runners. In 1908, he ran in the Olympics, and for years his races drew huge crowds in Canada. Longboat was an icon, as revered as the Gretzkys and Brassards of our generation.
In spite of the adulation, newspapers and fans routinely labelled Longboat with pejoratives, such as “The Redskin” and “Heap Big Chief.” He won a lot of prize money, but his winnings only deepened the pockets of his handlers, leaving Longboat a distant runner-up. In the end, after his remarkable career, Longboat was destitute and forgotten.

“The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Pier 21 Gateway to Hope Title: Pier 21: Gateway to Hope

Author: Linda Granfield

Level: Grades 5-10

References: Culture

Summary: Between 1928 and 1971, Pier 21 was the gateway of Canada. As the landing port for immigrants, it greeted more than one million new Canadians. It also saw many Canadians leave, including 368,000 soldiers who sailed overseas during the Second World War. This is the story of Pier 21 and the many people who passed through it, the war brides and their children, the returning warriors, and the refugees from war-torn Europe and beyond. It examines the importance of Canada’s “Ellis Island” and its role today as a historical center.

“Pier 21: Gateway to Hope” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com