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
missing in action Title: Missing in ActionAuthor: Dean Hughes

Level: Grades 5-8

References: Race

Summary: It’s World War II, and 12-year-old Jay’s dad is missing in the Pacific near Japan. Jay and his mom move to a small town in Utah, where Jay – who is part Navaho – works in the fields owned by his grandfather. Also working there is Ken, a Japanese-American from a nearby internment camp. This is a story involving an unlikely friendship, prejudice and intolerance.

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

hey little ant Title: Hey Little AntAuthor: Phillip and Hannah Hoose

Level: Grades K-3

References: All areas of equity and inclusivity

Summary: Told in rhyme, this book isn’t just a fun story about whether or not to squish the ant. It fosters tolerance and respect for diversity, giving those in power the responsibility making a positive decision and those at a disadvantage a voice.

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

zero Title: ZeroAuthor: Kathryn Otoshi

Level: Grades K-3

References: All areas of equity and inclusivity

Summary: It’s what’s inside that counts most. Finding value in what you have to contribute sometimes takes a little help from your friends.

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

Borderline Title: BorderlineAuthor: Allan Stratton

Suitable for: Grades 7 – 12

References: Race

Summary: Life’s not easy for Sami Sabiri, especially since his dad stuck him at a private boys’ school where he’s the only Muslim kid. But it’s about to get a whole lot worse. When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one. In a whirlwind, the FBI and RCMP descend, and Sami suddenly finds his family at the centre of an international terror plot. Everything he’s ever known comes into question as Sami fights to keep his world from unravelling. Borderline is an action-packed page-turner about loyalty and identity, starring a funny and gutsy 15-year-old determined to save his father, his family and his life.

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

When a Girl is Born Title: When a girl is bornAuthor: Pamela Grant

Suitable for: Grades 7-10

References: Race

Summary: A memorable novel set in China at the turn of the last century, When A Girl is Born follows the life of Ko-Chin, a fourteen year old girl who has an arranged marriage. She has been taught to be a good and dutiful wife, but her husband is a reformer who believes she should think for herself. Soon they are both caught up in a rebellion, and Ko-Chin must choose between her old traditions and the new western ways.

“When a girl is born” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

MINA’S SPRING OF COLORS Title: Mina’s Spring of Colors

Author: Rachna Gilmore

Level: Grades 4-7

References: Culture

Summary: Spring has come and it is time for Mina and her family to host their annual Holi party, an Indian celebration of colour and forgiveness.

In the spirit of the celebration, the family invites friends and neighbours of all nationalities to throw and spray brightly coloured powders at each other. This year will be different because Mina’s grandfather is living with them. Ashley, a new girl at school, makes fun of the old man’s accent.

Furious, but obliged to invite her, Mina and a friend concoct a special colour to throw at Ashley. When she hits her grandfather instead, Mina realizes her mistake. She returns to the celebration having learned a valuable lesson in tolerance and forgiveness.

Mina’s grandfather says to always “be aware,” and Mina learns she needs to be aware of her own feelings and actions: she has been intolerant of her grandfather too, although in a different way than Ashley.

An entertaining and well-told story about being open minded about different generations, cultures and attitudes.

“Mina’s Spring of Colors” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/17/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com