Boys are often given an education and choices that girls are not, their needs put above those of girls. But boys are also given special burdens by being expected to "be a man", to work, and to fight. Amazing photographs and simple text convey that boys want the girls and women in their lives to have the same freedoms that they have been granted.
When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from. When she goes home for the summer, her parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But what will happen when they disobey the law?
When Cass learns she had a grandmother who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own, she is full of questions. Who was this relative? And what is the unusual mask, forgotten in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all lead Cass closer to solving the mystery.
Carol Shields was fascinated by Susanna Moodie, a Romantic writer who left England for Canada in 1832 where she and her family soon found themselves starving in their new home. Moodie's novel Roughing It in the Bush, an acerbic testament to settler life, made her famous. Shields' interpretation of Moodie comes to life as a graphic novel.
Rosie the Red knows that you don’t have to be an adult to make a difference in your community. In Being Me, Rosie finds a way to volunteer at the local food bank and tries to make her classmate Sam feel less embarrassed about the fact that his family uses it.
When his only friend goes missing, Frederick – who has Asperger’s – doesn’t know what to do. His friend Angel made him promise not to tell anyone about her plan to run away, but when the police call Frederick in for questioning his loyalty to her may have done more harm than good.
During the Toronto Dressmakers’ Strike of 1931, young Jewish sisters Sophie and Rose must stand together in their fight for better working conditions, decent wages, and for their union – the ILGWU. Faced with unexpected – and sometimes violent – barriers, they quickly find that a strike is more than just a march.
When Joseph and Devon find money in the schoolyard the two friends have different thoughts about what to do. Should they say "finders keepers" or find out who lost it? It takes some courage, but Devon figures out how to help Joseph make the right choice.
Minimal text and stunning photographs from around the world describe the remarkable, and often dangerous, journeys children make every day on their way to school. No simple school bus picks them up each morning, but rather these children negotiate disaster zones, cross rapids, climb mountains, and maneuver on ziplines to reach the classroom.
Kamal tries everything to avoid his school trip to the live reptile exhibit – everything except admitting that he is scared. His fear of being teased is almost as big as his fear of reptiles. Finally, in desperation, Kamal communicates his fears in a way everyone understands, and is able to get the confidence he needs to face his fears.
Bruna lives an idyllic life in a small Italian village in the 1940s, with the worries and joys of any fourteen-year-old girl. The reality of WWII seems far away from her life. But war does come, and as Nazi soldiers occupy her village Bruna must help her family cope with their dangerous new reality. A true story.