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In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its…

Greener Grass

by Caroline Pignat

|October 1, 2008

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Kit Byrne's family is a strong one, but their strength and unity are being severely tested, as life becomes more and more desperate in 19th century rural Ireland. Lord Fraser is the wealthy landowner, from which the Byrne's and many other families rent their…
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Due to more mature content, this book is recommended for children 14 and up. The Kobzars were the blind minstrels of Ukraine, who memorized the epic poems and stories of 100 generations. Traveling around the country, they stopped in towns and villages along the…

The Mad Trapper

by Rudy Wiebe

|January 29, 2003

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When it began, he was just another stranger without a name. When it ended, he was the most notorious criminal in North America, the object of the largest manhunt in RCMP history. This is the story of Albert Johnson, the Mad Trapper, a silent man of superhuman…
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This comprehensive text deals with an important and often understudied part of Canadian history and heritage. It focuses on all facets of Aboriginal culture, history, and challenges from the past to the present with a careful balance between brutal honesty and…
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ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2009 nominee On the 2009 USBBY list of Outstanding International Books White Pine nominee, 2009 On Resource Link's "Best of 2008" List On the Cooperative Children's Book Center Best-of-the-Year list for 2009 Canadian Children's…
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A Canadian-American Survival Classic. In print since 1978. Revised and updated in 1999. The only blizzard declared a natural and national disaster by the American and Canadian governments. The blizzard of the century and the millennium. The book now contains…
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From the Gallows The Lost Testimony of Louis Riel   Louis Riel was one of Canada's most misunderstood heroes. Vilified by the government and worshipped by the people who sought his help, Riel was a truly outstanding figure in Canadian history.   The…

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The North-West Mounted Police was created in 1873 by Prime Minister John A. Macdonald in order to allow the fledgling nation of Canada to assert its authority over a vast tract of land in the West purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company. That early company of…

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In his trademark direct prose style, Cree journalist and filmmaker Doug Cuthand articulates the past, present, and future of Saskatchewan's Aboriginal people. Through his newspaper columns and features, as well as his internationally-known film and video work,…
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The Second World War was a time of terrible injustices. It was also a time of incredible bravery. My Canary Yellow Star is the remarkable story of one of the last century’s greatest heroes, Raoul Wallenberg, who was responsible for saving as many as 100,000…
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When Princess Anastasia Romanov's life is torn apart by revolution, she and her family are exiled to Siberia. As their captivity stretches out, the threat of death by firing squad grows stronger. But despite the menacing circumstances, a secret romance blossoms…