Welcome to the CNIB Library Summer Reading Club 2008. Are you
ready for a Super (Hero) Summer?
Keep reading for everything you need to know about how the
Summer Reading Club works and what else you‟ll find in the Kit.
Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
Superhero Training Program
How to Contact Us
1/ Superhero Identity Card
Check out the „Who Wants to be a Superhero‟ section for tips about
how to fill out your very own Superhero ID card.
2/ Superhero Backpack
Every Superhero needs a way to carry around their books and other
3/ Free DAISY book
We're sending three complete books on DAISY CD in the Kit! Don't
have a DAISY player yet? You can download DAISY software to your
computer, or contact your local CNIB office to find out how to get a
Books included on the enclosed DAISY CD:
For kids up to 7 years old
China‟s Bravest Girl, the Legend of Hua Mu Lan
By Charlie Chin
The Legend of Hua Mu Lan is a story about a young woman who
goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honour and
becomes a great general.
For kids 8 to 12 years old
By Karleen Bradford
Karleen Bradford describes the heroic deeds of 13 animals – two
cats, 10 dogs and a rabbit. She also provides information about guide
dogs, police tracking dogs, the Akita breed of dogs and racing sled
For kids 13 to 16 years old
A Loonie for Luck
By Roy MacGregor
This is the story of Team Canada hockey gold at the 2002 Salt Lake
City Olympics, told through the eyes of Trent Evans – an icemaker
from Edmonton who buried the now-famous Canadian loonie.
4/ Book Lists
There are three book lists at the end of this Kit. Check out the book
lists for some great titles for kids of all ages. Or, read any other book
you want to this summer!
Did you know that you may be able to buy some of the titles on the
Summer Reading Club Book Lists to keep for your very own? Not all
titles on sale are available in all formats, so please contact the CNIB
Library Sales Department for more information.
To find out what is available, contact CNIB Library Sales at:
(416) 486-2500 x7544
Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
Thinking about these questions will help you imagine what kind of
Superhero you might like to be.
Would you like to have a sidekick or a special animal or robot
Would you like to be a shape shifter? Maybe you‟d like to be able
to change into other forms – other people, animals or even
Some Superheroes can change their size – becoming very large
or perhaps very small. How about you?
Would you have special healing qualities?
Maybe you would like to have extra sensitive sensory abilities, like
the ability to hear across great distances or smell things that no
one else can smell?
Would you like to have special mental abilities (like telepathy or
Extra sensory perception)?
Is there a special weapon or gadget that you would use, or would
you be especially good with hand-to-hand combat?
Sometimes Superheroes can control some natural elements or
part of the natural world. For example, you can control or influence
a type of weather like hurricanes, a law of science like gravity or a
natural element like fire. It‟s up to you!
Would you like to have special physical abilities? Maybe you would
like to be able to swim underwater for long periods of time or jump
Would you like to be able to make yourself invisible or do other
Now you‟re ready to fill out the Superhero Identity Card you‟ll find in
We‟ll be having a special prize draw on September 12 and you have
all summer long to earn tickets. The more you participate over the
summer, the more tickets you earn. The more tickets you earn, the
better your chances of winning! It‟s simple! And you don‟t have to
worry about collecting these tickets; the Library will keep track of
them for you.
Here‟s a list of all the different ways you can earn tickets for the
September prize draw. Contact us anytime between June 30 and
September 1 by phone, email, fax or regular mail.
Let us know what name and abilities you listed on your Superhero
Prize Tickets: Earn 5 prize tickets and a chance to have your
Superhero Identity featured on our website!
Superhero Training Program Tasks
In this Kit you‟ll find a list of 13 Superhero tasks which are part of the
Superhero Training Program. Do as many tasks as you like, in any
order at all.
Prize Tickets: Earn 1 ticket per task.
Read any book at all and then tell us about it.
Prize Tickets: Earn 1 ticket for each book report.
Keep track of all the books you read this summer!
Prize Tickets: Earn 10 tickets.
Call 1-800-268-8818 and press 4 for KidsLine, or check out the
Children‟s Discovery Portal Speak Out page at www.cnibkids.ca.
There is a new question every Monday, starting June 30 and ending
Prize Tickets: Earn 1 ticket for each answer PLUS you also win an
instant prize every time you answer! Remember, if you call and
don‟t know the answer right away, you can always listen to the
question, hang up and call back later with the answer.
IMPORTANT HINT: All the answers to the Mystery Questions can be
found in the Summer Reading Club Book Lists.
Have you visited the Children‟s Discovery Portal at www.cnibkids.ca?
Kids between the ages of 6 and 14 can login to check out accessible
games, chat rooms and other cool features.
If you want a username and password for the Portal and the Chat, be
sure to contact a Reader Advisor. Our Chat Rooms are fully
moderated and kids use nicknames, not real names in the Chat.
Check the schedule on the Chat page to find out when the Chat is
open over the summer.
Prize Tickets: Earn 1 ticket for every 5 chats you participate in,
between June 30 and September 1.
Remember, the more you participate over the summer, the more
tickets you earn. The more tickets you earn, the better your chances
Superhero Training Program
Followed carefully, this training program will help you:
- travel magically into the future or past without even leaving the
comfort of home
- develop extraordinary powers of memory and concentration
- explore amazing new places and meet interesting and
extraordinary characters, both real and make-believe
- bravely challenge super-scary villains and monsters
- solve mysteries and capture criminals
- use your super-intelligence to help others and help yourself!
It‟s easier than you think! How can one small kid possibly do all this?
Read a book!
Every good Superhero Training Program has a list of tasks. The more
tasks you successfully complete, the better prepared you‟ll be.
We‟ve listed 13 possible tasks. You can pick and choose which tasks
you do and you can do them in any order! Do a few or do them all.
Need some help completing a task? Ask your family and friends for
help – sometimes it takes a team!
Or, maybe the Library can help.
Do some research online. Check out the Canadian Encyclopedia or
use the Kids Search database.
Go to the Homework Helper section of www.cnibkids.ca. It‟s not just
for homework – you can use the databases and websites listed there
to research any topic you‟re interested in, anytime at all!
Or, go to the Newspapers, Magazines, Databases section of the
CNIB Digital Library at
If you can‟t access these links, you may not be registered for the
CNIB Digital Library yet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-
800-268-8818 to find out more.
Of course, if you‟d rather read books to help you complete the Tasks,
the Library has lots of those! Check out the Summer Reading Club
Book Lists or contact a Reader Advisor for suggestions.
Here are the Superhero Tasks you can choose from. You can
complete these by phone, email, fax or regular mail. Remember,
each time you complete a task and let us know, you‟ll earn a ticket for
the prize draw!
Superhero Task 1
What experience and activities in your life so far have prepared you
best for becoming a Superhero?
Superhero Task 2
What are the benefits of being on a Superhero Team, rather than
being a Superhero on your own?
Superhero Task 3
Have you ever heard of Joe Shuster? Tell us his connection to the
world of Superheroes!
Superhero Task 4
Think about your hero, someone you know personally who is an
inspiration to you – it might be someone in your family or a friend. Did
they do one special thing that makes you think of them as a hero, or
do you think they‟re just an all-around heroic person? Write a story or
a poem about them and send it to us so we can put it on our website.
Superhero Task 5
Make a list of imaginary or fictional heroes you‟ve read about in
books. Tell us which is your favorite one and why.
Superhero Task 6
If you have ever been a hero we would love to read your story! If you
haven‟t been a hero yet, write or tell us an imaginary story in which
you have the chance to be a hero!
Superhero Task 7
Who is your favorite real-life hero from history? Tell us about them –
when were they born, where did they live and what did they do?
Superhero Task 8
Tell us about someone from your city, town or community who did
something heroic this summer. A good place to find stories like this is
in newspapers or local magazines.
Superhero Task 9
Do you know of any Canadian heroes? Tell us about one.
Superhero Task 10
Every hero needs a slogan. Superman can „leap tall buildings in a
single bound‟ – what can you do?
Superhero Task 11
Have you read or heard about any heroes from mythology? Tell us
the story of one hero from Greek mythology.
Superhero Task 12
Have you ever heard or read about animals that have done heroic
things? Tell us a real-life story about an animal hero – there are some
examples in one of the audio books that you received in your Kit on
Superhero Task 13
Do a good deed for someone and tell us about it!
How to Contact Us
Be sure to send back your books and videos as soon as you are
finished with them. Many other kids want to read the same books that
you do. Hanging on to library materials past the due date slows down
your own book delivery and may keep others waiting. By returning
library materials as quickly as possible, you help us to deliver more
books over the summer.
If you ever don‟t like the kind of books you‟re getting, or if you‟ve
noticed you‟re getting books that are too easy or too hard for you, let
us know! The Library doesn‟t automatically change your reading level
as you get older, so if you‟re going into high school and we‟re still
sending you books about Curious George or Clifford the Big Red
Dog, please let us know so we can update your profile!
Here‟s how to reach us:
By phone: 1-800-268-8818 (if a real person answers, ask for
„Kidsline‟ or if you reach our answering machine, press 4 for
By fax: 416-480-7700 (Attention: CNIB Library Summer Reading
By email: email@example.com
By regular mail:
Summer Reading Club
1929 Bayview Ave.
Suggested titles for kids up to 7 years old
By Mary Hoffman
Grace is a child who loves stories. And she loves to act them out.
When her teacher announces that the class will do the play Peter
Pan, Grace knows just what part she wants. Raj tells her she can't be
Peter Pan because she's a girl. Natalie tells her she can't be Peter
Pan because she's black. But Grace discovers that she can be
anything that she sets her mind to be. Grades K-3.
By John Burningham
A baby who gains enormous strength from avocados defends his
weakling family. Grades P-2.
Bagels from Benny
By Aubrey Davis
Benny loves to help out at his grandpa's bakery. Grandpa tells Benny
that God should be thanked for the bagels instead of him, so Benny
leaves a bag of bagels at the synagogue for God. Every week the
bagels disappear. Is God eating them? Grades K-3.
Boy Soup, or, When the Giant Caught Cold
By Loris Lesynski
Giant wakes up with a cold and plans to make "boy soup" to cure it.
By William Steig
When Mrs. Bobbin, the dressmaker, becomes ill, her daughter offers
to deliver a ball gown to the duchess, but the wind and the snow
conspire against her. Grades K-3.
China‟s Bravest Girl, The Legend of Hua Mu Lan
By Charlie Chin
The Legend of Hua Mu Lan is a story about a young woman who
goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honour and
becomes a great general. Grades K-3.
Courage to Fly
By Troon Harrison
Meg is new to the city with its tall buildings and long shadows, and
the only place she feels safe is her bedroom. One day on her way
home from school, Meg finds a tiny swallow brought down by a
sudden early snowstorm and takes it home to nurse it. She is
reluctant to let the bird go once it gets better. Grades K-3.
Elliot Digs for Treasure
By Andrea Beck
Elliot and his friends are digging in the garden for treasure. Now they
have dug the hole so deep, they are trapped with no escape. Grades
Franklin in the Dark
By Paulette Bourgeois
Franklin the turtle is afraid of the dark. This is a problem because
Franklin will not go into his shell. P-2.
Good to be Small
By Sean Cassidy
A small Mouse helps a Mama Sheep find her Lamb. Grades P-2.
Gracie‟s Baby Chub Chop
By Gillian Johnson
Life is definitely going downhill for two top dogs who suddenly must
share the limelight with visiting Baby Chub Chop. When the squalling
infant goes on his first walking rampage, he leaves chaos in his wake.
Worse still, the dogs are blamed for the damage. It's up to Gracie
with her hound-dog talent and hero's heart to put things right. Grades
By Margaret Davidson
This is a biography about the life of Helen Keller and how, with the
commitment and lifelong friendship of Anne Sullivan, she learned to
talk, read and eventually graduate from college with honours. Grades
I‟m a Superhero
By Daxton Wilde
Written by four-year-old Daxton Wilde, with the help of his mother
while he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for
a brain tumor, the book places Wilde as the central character, a
superhero fighting "a bad guy named Cancer" with the help of
"Captain Chemo." Grades 2-4 and older readers.
By Julius Lester
Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced
against a steam drill to cut through a mountain. Grades K-3.
Little Engine That Could
By Watty Piper
When a train loaded with toys and food breaks down at the foot of a
mountain, a very little train offers to help. Grades K-3.
Little Polar Bear and the Husky Pup
By Hans de Beer
Lars, the Little Polar Bear, rescues a husky puppy that is trapped in a
deep crack in the ice. The two animals have to work together so that
the puppy can safely return to his home. Grades K-3.
Matthew and the Midnight Firefighter
By Allen Morgan
As Matthew falls asleep with the sounds of fireworks ringing in his
ears, he begins to have a dream, in which a rocket lands in his
bedroom! After Fast Eddie the Fireman sees how bravely and
efficiently Matthew deals with the rocket, he nicknames him Matthew
Hurry-Up Holmes, puts a helmet on his head and takes the young
hero off on a nighttime trip to put out other fires. Grades K-3.
May I bring a friend?
By Beatrice De Regniers
The hero of the story is invited to tea with the King and Queen and
asks to bring a friend. They politely reply that any friend of their friend
is welcome and wind up having a number of unusual guests. Grades
Morgan the Magnificent
By Ian Wallace
While doing her daily chores on her father's farm, Morgan dreams of
being a daring high-wire artist in the circus. Grades K-3.
By Troy Wilson
Michael Maxwell McAllum is Perfect Man's biggest fan. When Perfect
Man quits his job, Michael knows he will come back. In September,
Mr. Clark, a new teacher, shows up in his classroom with a number of
special powers; Michael figures it out right away, he is Perfect Man.
Mr. Clark doesn't say yes or no, but he does encourage Michael to
find his own super powers. Graders K-3.
Sheila Rae, The Brave
By Kevin Henkes
When brave Sheila Rae, who usually looks out for her sister Louise,
becomes lost and scared one day, Louise comes to the rescue.
Story of Babar, The Little Elephant
By Jean de Brunhoff
A little elephant becomes king of the elephants and father to more
delightful small elephants. Grades K-3.
Story of Ferdinand
By Munro Leaf
The classic story of the little bull who would rather just sit and smell
the flowers than fight in the bullring. Grades P-2.
Story of Little Babaji
By Helen Bannerman
When Little Babaji goes into the jungle, he is approached by four
different tigers who want to eat him. All he has to give them to spare
his life are his new clothes. Can Babaji outsmart the tigers? Grades
Tacky the Penguin
By Helen Lester
Tacky the Penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful
companions, but his odd behaviour comes in handy when hunters
arrive with maps and traps. Grades P-to 2.
Tales of the Monkey King
By Benjamin Santamaria
Empowering Mexico's vulnerable street children is no easy task when
the dangers they face are real and many. But there is incredible
strength in an unfinished story, especially if that story has a small
hero who can overcome great odds. Night after night, Tales of the
Monkey King, begun at dark and never finished until the next day,
were precisely what the children needed. The brave little monkey,
who fought against unspeakable odds but was never conquered, had
come from far away to become their hero. Through him, many found
the strength and courage they needed to face their living nightmares
and cheat the King of Death. Grades K-3.
Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends: A True Story
By Andrew Clements
When Jim falls through the ice on a frozen lake in Canada, his two
dogs try to rescue him. Grades K-3.
By W.D. Valgardson
Early on a winter morning, a young boy goes fishing on Lake
Winnipeg with his grandfather. Along the way, he has an adventure
worthy of one of his cartoon superheroes. Grades K-3.
The Twins and the Bird of Darkness, A Hero Tale from the Caribbean
By Robert San Souci
When the Bird of Darkness takes Princess Marie, twin brothers
Soliday, who is brave and kind, and Salacota, who is cowardly, set off
to fight the beast and rescue the princess. Grades K-3.
Very Last First Time
By Jan Andrews
For the first time, Eva will walk on the bottom of the sea alone. She
waits for the tide to go out, then cuts a hole in the ice and lowers
herself into the darkness. Grades K-3.
Walter the Farting Dog
By William Kotzwinkle
Walter the dog creates problems with his farts but becomes a hero
when burglars enter the house. Grades K-3.
Suggested titles for kids 8 - 12 years old
Adventures of Captain Underpants
By Dav Pilkey
George and Harold sabotage the big football game and get into
serious trouble with their principal, Mr. Krupp. To get out of it, they
hypnotize him into thinking that he is the superhero Captain
Underpants, which is lots of fun until Mr. Krupp begins to think he is
Captain Underpants. He leads George and Harold to the lair of the
nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen
and save the world. Grades 2-4.
Adventures with the Heroes
By Catharine Sellew
A re-telling of the Volsung Saga on which Richard Wagner based his
“Ring of the Nibelung.” Grades 4-7.
Anansi, The Spider Man
By Philip Sherlock
Fifteen West Indian stories about the folk hero Anansi who was a
man when things went well, but who became a spider when he was in
great danger. Grades 4-6.
By Ernest Seton
Each of these stories is based on the life of an animal hero. A slum
kitty becomes a society cat. A homing pigeon saves a steamer
stranded 200 miles out of New York. A black wolf out-generals an
army of dogs. A jackrabbit beats the odds at a race track. Grades 5-8
Karleen Bradford describes the heroic deeds of 13 animals – two
cats, ten dogs and a rabbit. She also provides information about
guide dogs, police tracking dogs, the Akita breed of dogs and racing
sled dogs. Grades 3-6.
Bad Hare Day
By R.L. Stine
Tim Swanson loves magic tricks – cards, floating scarves,
disappearing doves. Someday he wants to be a real magician, like
his hero, Amaz-O. But Tim finds out that Amaz-O is a real grump, so
he steals Amaz-O's bag of tricks. And gets more than he bargained
for. Grades 4-7.
Bobbie Rosenfeld, the Olympian Who Could Do Everything
By Anne Dublin
Fanny "Bobbie" Rosenfeld was born in the Ukraine in 1903 or 1904,
and immigrated with her Jewish family to Canada in 1905. She
became a star player in ice hockey, basketball and softball. She
excelled in tennis and track and field, leading the Canadian women's
relay team to an Olympic gold medal and winning a silver one in the
100-meter event in 1928. By greeting obstacles with courage, hard
work and humour, and always putting the team ahead of herself,
Bobbie set an example as a true athletic hero. Includes a time line,
source notes and a bibliography. Grades 3-6.
Book of Changes, Stories
By Tim Wynne-Jones
Seven stories of magic, ghosts and unlikely heroes. Characters in the
stories have to deal with strange people with noserings who listen to
really weird music, how to handle bullies and using the "I Ching" – the
Book of Changes. Grades 5-8.
By Carlotta Hacker
The stories of four Canadians who were awarded medals of bravery
by the Canadian government: Mary Dohery for her actions aboard a
hijacked plane in 1971; William Hall for his actions in India in 1857;
George Randolph Pearkes for bravery during World War I; and
Andrew Mynarski for his act of heroism during World War II. Grades
Famous Dead Canadians
By Joanne Stanbridge
Let well-known but somewhat disgraced historian Plumley Q. Norris
take you on a tour of Canada, while introducing you to some of our
greatest famous dead Canadians. Did you know that Laura Secord,
heroine that she was, never made chocolates, or that explorer
Samuel de Champlain shot the Lachine Rapids in his underwear?
Humorously describes many famous dead sports heroes, explorers,
Native Canadians, scientists and authors. Grades 4-7.
Fortress of Kaspar Snit
By Cory Fagan
The Blande family is going on a quest to the Verulian Mountains to
find out who is stealing the fountains of Rome. Along the way, they
must face Kaspar Snit, an evil genius. Grades 3-6.
Girls to the Rescue [book #1], Tales of Clever, Courageous Girls from
Around the World
By Bruce Lansky
Ten stories where the clever, brave heroes of fairy tales are girls. In a
typical fairy tale, a helpless girl waits around for a prince to rescue
her. But the heroines in these stories are much too busy saving the
day to wait around for Prince Charming. Grades 3-6.
By Mike Leonetti
Story of Ryan, a young boy who loves to play hockey but whose
small stature makes him a target for the bigger boys. He's determined
to make the team, even if it means a huge amount of extra practice
before the tryout. His dad encourages him to use his speed and
intelligence, reminding him that Edmonton Oilers superstar Wayne
Gretzky makes up for his lack of size with swiftness and hockey
savvy. Can Ryan's hero inspire him to succeed? Grades 2-4 and
By Terry Deary
Everything you ever wanted to know about the hip 'n' happenin'
Greeks – who hung out over 2000 years ago! Read about horrible
heroes, savage Spartan soldiers, phoolish philosophers and suffering
slaves. Find out why some groovy Greek girls ran about naked
pretending to be bears, who had the world's first flushing toilet and
why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax. Grades 2-4.
Heroes of Isle aux Morts
By Alice Walsh
One morning in July 1832, Anne Harvey awakes to a terrible storm. A
ship is in danger of breaking up in the pounding waves off the coast
of Newfoundland. This is the true story or how Anne and her
Newfoundland dog rescue the passengers from the ship Despatch.
Hockey for Kids, Heroes, Tips and Facts
By Brian McFarlane
McFarlane's book outlines hockey basics for young people. Different
sections include rules, equipment and skating tips. There are also
sections on hockey stars and women's hockey history. Grades 4-7.
How To Train Your Dragon
By Cressida Cowell
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III wasn't always a truly extraordinary
Viking Hero. In fact, in the beginning, he was the most put-upon
Viking you'd ever seen. This is the story of his rise to fame through
the dragon-training exploits that gave him the name 'the Dragon
Whisperer'. Grades 5-8.
Iroquois Stories, Heroes and Heroines, Monsters and Magic
By Joseph Bruchac
Collection of 32 traditional Iroquois tales often told around the
longhouse fire in wintertime. Includes stories about the Creation, how
the bear lost his tail, how the buzzard got his feathers, the turtle's
race with a beaver and then a bear, the vampire skeleton and the
hunting of the great bear. Some violence. Grades 3-6.
King Matt the First
By Janusz Korczak
The story of a boy who becomes king and sets out to reform his
kingdom, and give children the same rights as adults. He decrees
that all children get a piece of chocolate every day, he visits faraway
lands and befriends cannibal kings, and even disguises himself as a
soldier and becomes a hero. But then Matt's fellow kings become
jealous of his success. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6.
Last of the Sky Pirates
By Paul Stewart
The Edge is a land filled with icky monsters, profoundly rotten villains
and shiny striving heroes. Rook is a young under-librarian who goes
into the creepy Deepwoods to gather knowledge that might help the
noble community of Knight-Librarians battle the evil Guardians of
Night for control of the Edge. He encounters a mysterious character -
the last sky pirate - and is thrust into an exciting adventure. Some
violence. Grades 5-8.
Laura Secord, A Story of Courage
By Janet Lunn
Laura Secord was a wife, mother and war hero. Her walk to warn the
British of an American attack was a key factor in British victory in the
War of 1812. Grades 2-4 and older.
Like a TV Hero
By Brenda Bellingham
More than anything, Kris Higgins wants his life to be exciting, just like
those of the people he sees on TV. The guys are always cool and
heroic and the girls beautiful and mysterious. But most appealing of
all are the sitcoms, which always show parents who are perfect,
loving and involved with their kids. Grades 4-7.
By Frank Cosentino
In the 1920s and 1930s, Lionel Conacher was a popular multi-sport
hero. In 1937, he launched his political career, first in the Ontario
Legislation and later as a Liberal backbencher in Ottawa. Grades 5-8.
Magic Fiddler and Other Legends of French Canada
By Claude Aubry
Folk hero and villain live again in tales from old Quebec, retold with
style and humour. Grades 4-8.
Moon Festival, a Chinese mid-Autumn celebration
By Arlene Chan
In this best-known Moon Festival legend, Hou Yi, a brave hero, saves
the world from destruction. He is given a potion of immortality as a
reward, but when his beautiful wife, Chang O, discovers it, she is
doomed to live alone on the moon forever. The book also presents
other moon legends and information on the Moon Festival of China.
Penguin Book of Canadian Biography for Young Readers
By Pat Hancock
Ever wonder about the people who have Canadian lakes, streets and
schools named after them? This collection of biographies describes
the explorers, native leaders, pioneers, politicians and pirates of the
early days of Canada, from the late 1400s to the end of the 1800s.
Includes information on Laura Secord, explorer Henry Hudson,
military leader Isaac Brock and 14-year-old war hero Madeleine
Jarret. Grades 4-7.
By Arnold Hano
A biography of the famous batter who died tragically on a mission of
mercy on New Year‟s Eve, 1972. Grades 5-8.
By Elise Broach
Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader
Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection
because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house,
an intriguing neighbour and the unexpected attention of the most
popular boy in school. 2006 Edgar Award finalist. Grades 4-7.
By Forrest Wilson
While Willie is playing football, a strange white beam turns his frail
granny into Super Gran, with incredible strength, fantastic speed and
x-ray eyes. Willie and his granny have some adventures which
include stopping bank robbers, and fighting a battle with the super
toughies so that Super Gran can return the great invention to its
Theseus and the Minotaur
By Leonard Fisher
Retells the Greek myth of the hero Theseus and his battle with the
Minotaur, a vicious monster that is half man and half bull. Grades 2-4.
By Edgar Greene
Did you know that Tony Hawk has won more than 10 skateboarding
world championships, has been featured in more than 14 movies and
was the first person to pull a 900 – one of the most difficult moves in
skateboarding – in competition? Once called a cheat because of his
daring, original moves, Tony Hawk is now the most dominant
skateboarder in the world. This biography follows the "Michael Jordan
of Skateboarding" from the first skate parks in California all the way to
the internationally televised X-Games. Grades 3-6.
True Stories of Heroes
By Paul Dowswell
A collection of 13 true tales of heroes, including a housewife turned
courageous World War II spy and the first man in space. Describes
firefighters battling a blazing nuclear reactor, a helicopter rescue
team on board a rapidly sinking ship and even stories of animal
heroes. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 4-7.
Walking with the Dead
By L.M. Falcone
Twelve-year-old Alex's dad is about to open a museum of oddities,
including a corpse from ancient Greece. When a surge of electricity
awakes the corpse and it starts running around town, Alex steps in to
help. He ends up on a classic hero's journey to the underworld,
where Alex and his friend Freddie must outwit a host of monsters
from Greek mythology. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 5-8.
Suggested titles for kids 13 - 16 years old
A Friend in the Dark, The Story of a “Seeing Eye” Dog
By Ruth Knight
An account of a Seeing Eye Dog, Hero, as he grows from soft
puppyhood into an intelligent adult. The director of training at The
Seeing Eye chose Hero when he was a puppy, started training him at
14 months, and taught blind individuals how to care for the dogs. For
junior and senior high readers.
A Hero Ain‟t Nothin‟ But A Sandwich
By Alice Childress
The life of a 13-year-old Harlem youth on his way to becoming a
confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of
several people around him. Junior high and older.
A Loonie for Luck
By Roy MacGregor
Trent Evans was an icemaker from Edmonton who went to the
Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2000. One of the people in
charge of taking care of the rink, Trent put a loonie in the ice while he
and the rest of the crew were flooding the rink. The Canadian men's
and women's hockey teams won gold and Trent Evans became a
hero. For junior and senior high readers.
Adventures of Blue Avenger, A Novel
By Norma Howe
When David Schumacher turns 16, he changes his name to that of a
comic-book character. As the Blue Avenger, David takes on a killer-
bee attack on the principal, a controversial news issue and gun
control. Yet he still has time for a philosophical debate with his
kindred-spirit girlfriend. For junior and senior high readers.
By Welwyn Katz
Beowulf is endowed with a magical gift. Unfortunately, his gift of
superhuman strength often makes him clumsy and overpowers his
own weapons. This doesn't stop him from embarking on epic
adventures during which he kills several monsters, battles a wicked
troll and struggles against sea serpents. Grades 5-8.
The Blue Roan Child
By Jamieson Findlay
Syeira lives in Haysele, a land of horses and horse-sensitives. When
the wild mare Arwin's two colts are taken from her, Syeira decides to
help Arwin rescue them, even if she must risk her life to do so. But
their mission proves harder than they imagined. For junior high
Hero and the Crown
By Robert McKinley
With the guidance of a wizard and the help of the Blue Sword, Aerin
fights for her birthright as the daughter of both a king and a
witchwoman of the mysterious demon-haunted North.
By S.L. Rottman
Fifteen-year-old Sean is sent to a farm for a week's community
service for fighting. Abandoned by his father and raised by an
abusive mother, Sean finds acceptance and peace with the animals
and the farmer, Mr. Hassler. With the help of some concerned adults,
Sean is able to look forward to a better future. For junior and senior
By Martine Leavitt
Thirteen-year-old Heck is a pretty normal kid with some artistic talent
and a distinctive, hyperactive imagination. Life with his mother has
been hand-to-mouth, but not catastrophic. When he and his mother
are evicted, she carelessly assumes he's staying with his friend.
Heck, confident in his own ability to get by and wanting to protect his
mother from any criticism, decides not to ask for help. For junior high
Hero of Lesser Causes
By Julie Johnston
In the summer of 1946, 12-year-old Keely Connor and her older
brother, Patrick were inseparable, "like Siamese twins, joined at the
mind." But their lives are devastated when Patrick contracts polio and
becomes paralysed. Keely, who had always imagined herself as a
champion of great causes, feels this cause may be too enormous for
her – but she has enough hope for both of them. Junior high readers.
By Robert Cormier
Francis has a bitter secret, which he has vowed to revenge and
resolve through his final, desperate plan: to destroy the man who
betrayed him as a boy. Left without a face or a future, yet sustained
by his deep sense of shame, Francis watches. He thinks of the gun in
his bag and waits, alone, for the return of another supposed hero. For
junior high readers.
By Marsha Skrypuch
When the Armenians of Turkey are marched into the desert to die in
1915, Mariam is rescued by her Turkish friend Rustem, and lives with
mixed acceptance as a guest in his father's harem. Kevork is shot
and left for dead in a mass grave in the desert, but is rescued by
nomadic Arabs and nurtured back to health. Both teens must choose
between the security of an adopted home or the risk of death in
search of family. Some descriptions of violence. Sequel to "The
Hunger." For senior high readers.
A Night to Remember
By Walter Lord
The story of the sinking of the "Titanic" in 1912 and the rescue of the
survivors. For junior and senior high and adult readers.
Rebel, Rogue, Mischievous Babe, Stories About Being A Powerful
By Sharlene Azam
Author Sharlene Azam is the founder of "Reluctant Hero", a
magazine for and by teenaged girls that discusses everything from
body image to boys. It can be tough being a teenaged girl, and Azam
provides advice and information to guide you through what can be a
traumatic and turbulent time. This is a book that reminds young
women that, in spite of all that goes on in their lives – good and bad –
they are not alone. Some strong language. For junior and senior high.
By Scott Westerfeld
Fifteen-year-old Tally from Pretties (BR74023), her boyfriend Zane
and their boss Shay have been reconstructed into super-strong
paramilitary "specials." When they are sent to capture rebels who
want to return to an unaltered state of mind, part of Tally wants to
resist her programming. For senior high readers.
Stories of the Gods and Heroes
By Sally Benson
A selection of classical myths based on the age of fable by Thomas
Bullfinch. For junior and senior high readers.
Super-champions of Auto Racing
By Ross Olney
These profiles of six racing car champions also describe various
types of racing, such as sprint, drag and championship. High interest,
low vocabulary book. For junior and senior high readers.
Tomorrow, When The War Began
A group of Australian teenagers decide to spend a week in the bush
instead of attending the annual fair with their families. At their remote
campsite, they notice an unusual number of planes flying over but
think nothing of it until they return home. There they find their families
gone, their pets left to die and the phones and electricity out. Some
violence. Junior and senior high and older readers.
Diary of Anne Frank
This notebook kept by a German-born Jewish girl includes material
that was omitted from the first edition in 1947. Begun on her 13th
birthday, the diary is a personal, sometimes humourous, account of
years spent with her family in a Dutch attic hiding from the Nazis.
After Anne heard a radio appeal about the importance of such
papers, she expanded the scope of her entries. High school and