New Juvenile Books for August

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Elvis, me, and the lemonade stand summer

Elvis, me, and the lemonade stand summer

Gentile, Leslie, 1959-, author
2021

It's the summer of 1978 and most people think Elvis Presley has been dead for a year. But not eleven-year-old Truly Bateman - because she knows Elvis is alive and well and living in the Eagle Shores Trailer Park. Maybe no one ever thought to look for him on an Indigenous reserve on Vancouver Island. It's a busy summer for Truly. Though her mother is less of a mother than she ought to be, and spends her time drinking and smoking and working her way through new boyfriends, Truly is determined to raise as much money for herself as she can through her lemonade stand ... and to prove that her cool new neighbour is the one and only King of Rock 'n' Roll. And when she can't find motherly support in her own home, she finds sanctuary with Andy El, the Salish woman who runs the trailer park.

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Geronimo Stilton, reporter. 8, Hypno-tick tock

Geronimo Stilton, reporter. 8, Hypno-tick tock

Stilton, Geronimo, author
2021

Something's not right. Geronimo Stilton, hardworking editor-in-chief of the Rodent's Gazette isn't himself lately. It seems that whenever there is important work for him to do, he suddenly starts sneezing or falls asleep. That's no way to run a major newspaper, especially when there is a crime spree taking place in New Mouse City. His cousin Trap gives him a coupon to a famous hypnotist, hoping that will cure him. Will Ratswami cure Geronimo, or is there something more dangerous going on?

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How to become an accidental activist

How to become an accidental activist

MacLeod, Elizabeth, author
2021

"This nonfiction book for middle-grade readers is full of stories about inspiring activists who have accidentally changed the world. The activists profiled are a variety of ages and come from around the world"-- Provided by publisher.

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Maurice and his dictionary : a true story

Maurice and his dictionary : a true story

Fagan, Cary, author
2020

On May 10, 1940, the Nazi Army invaded Belgium, setting into motion the refugee story of Cary Fagan's father, Maurice. Maurice was only 12 at the time, and he and his family had no idea they would never again return to Brussels, the city of his birth. Instead, they would travel through France, Spain, and Portugal, running from war. Every time they thought they might be safe, Maurice would try to restart his studies--he was determined to become a lawyer, convinced it was the law could make us all equals. But every time, his schooling was interrupted, and the family would have to escape again. Eventually, they found passage on the Serpa Pinto: the Destiny Ship. They travelled all the way to Jamaica and ended up in a refugee camp, worlds away from anything they knew. But this is a story of resourcefulness and resilience! Determined to get an education, Maurice went around finding teachers among the refugees and with their help--plus his trusty Chambers's English Dictionary--Maurice eventually worked his way into a local boys' school, where he was finally able to sit for his exams and earn his diploma. The story ends with Maurice boarding a plane, heading for the University of Toronto--it's the final leg of a long journey and at last, he thinks, "my new life really was starting."

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Ocean speaks : how Marie Tharp revealed the ocean's biggest secret

Ocean speaks : how Marie Tharp revealed the ocean's biggest secret

Keating, Jess, author
2020

From a young age, Marie Tharp loved watching the world. She loved solving problems. And she loved pushing the limits of what girls and women were expected to do and be. In the mid-twentieth century, women were not welcome in the sciences, but Marie was tenacious. She got a job in a laboratory at Cambridge University, New York, but women weren't allowed on research ships. Marie dove deep into the data her colleagues recorded, slowly revealing a deep rift valley in the ocean floor.

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Star Wars. Episode I, The phantom menace : graphic novel adaptation

Star Wars. Episode I, The phantom menace : graphic novel adaptation

Ferrari, Alessandro, 1978- author
2021

"Peace reigns in the Galaxy, guarded by the thousand-years-old Jedi Order. But dark forces plot in the shadows to restore the power of the Sith, long believed gone. Unaware of this evil plan, two Jedi Knights rescue Queen Amidala of Naboo and discover a young boy who could forever change the fate of the universe."--Back cover.

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Treaty words : for as long as the rivers flow

Treaty words : for as long as the rivers flow

Craft, Aimée, 1980- author
2021

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Luke Swinson and an author's note at the end, Aimée Craft affirms the importance of understanding an Indigenous perspective on treaties in this evocative book that is essential for readers of all ages.

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