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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…

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…

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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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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"A triumphantly moving book."  — Kirkus Reviews , starred review Hannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder—she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the…

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They Call Me Sacagawea is rich and classic storytelling. The history of the astounding expedition of Lewis and Clark leaps off the page when told here by their teenage Shoshone interpreter--Sacagawea. Readers learn about this young mother's extraordinary travels…

The Upstairs Room

by Johanna Reiss

|October 30, 1990

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A Life in Hiding When the German army occupied Holland, Annie de Leeuw was eight years old. Because she was Jewish, the occupation put her in grave danger-she knew that to stay alive she would have to hide. Fortunately, a Gentile family, the Oostervelds, offered…

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The Cartoon History of the Modern World is a wickedly funny take on modern history. It is essentially a complete and up–to–date course in college level Modern World History, but presented as a graphic novel. In an engaging and humorous graphic style,…

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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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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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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…