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Collection Spotlight: Young Adult Fiction

Our most recent Collection Spotlight is up! “Young Adult Fiction” is a gathering of popular, classic, and current UBC Education Library titles in the YA Literature genre. Find these books in the breezeway area of our branch.

Just a few of the titles:

As many nows as I can get / Shana Youngdahl.

PZ7.1 .Y8124 As 2019 Great Reads.

Internment / Samira Ahmed.

PZ7.1 .A345 In 2019

Red at the bone / Jacqueline Woodson.

PS3573 .O64524 R43 2019 Great Reads.

Booked / by Kwame Alexander.

PZ7.5.A44 Bk 2019

Pet / Akwaeke Emezi.

PZ7.1 .E474 Pt 2019 Great Reads.

We are okay: a novel / by Nina LaCour.

PZ7.L13577 Wr 2019

Like a love story / Abdi Nazemian.

PZ7.1 .N378 Lk 2019 Great Reads

Dear Haiti, love Alaine / Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite.

PZ7.1 .M678 De 2019

Ghosts / David A. Robertson.

PZ7 .R544725 Gh 2019

Other words for home / Jasmine Warga.

PZ7.5 .W28 Ot 2019

A girl like that / Tanaz Bhathena.

PZ7.1 .B5324 Gr 2018

Call of the wraith / Kevin Sands.

PZ7.1 .S26 Cl 2018

Tilly and the Crazy Eights / Monique Gray Smith.

PS8613 .R3894 T55 2018 Great Reads.

Aftermath / Kelley Armstrong.

PZ7.A73369 Af 2018

Nice try, Jane Sinner / Lianne Oelke.

PS8629.E54 N53 2018

The agony of Bun O’Keefe / Heather Smith.

PZ7 .S649133 Ag 2017

A conjuring of light / V.E. Schwab.

PS3619 .C4848 C66 2017 Great Reads.

The hundredth queen / Emily R. King.

PZ7.1.K5854 Hn 2017

Collection Spotlight: Remembrance Day — Lest We Forget

From November 1-11, the UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight will feature Remembrance Day books and books about war.

Here are just a few titles that will be displayed on our main level feature wall:

1. Remembrance Day: “Lest we forget” / Jill Foran

“Canadian Celebrations provides an exciting look at the events that people take part in during Canada’s major holidays. Each title provides information about the history, symbols, and traditions of these special days.”

2. In Flanders Fields: the story of the poem by John McCrae / Linda Granfield; [illustrated by] Janet Wilson; with an introduction by Dr. Tim Cook.

“In this award-winning book, the lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War (1914-1918) and details of daily life in the trenches in Europe. Also included are accounts of McCrae’s experience in his field hospital and the circumstances that led to the writing of “In Flanders Fields.”

3. On Remembrance Day By Eleanor Creasey

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An exploration of Canadian Remembrance Day history, customs, and traditions. Who are the people who offered their lives in war? Why do we remember them? How do we honour their memory?

For children learning about remembrance and the human toll of war, there can be hard questions to answer. This book is meant to answer the questions kids ask about Remembrance Day and to explain how and why we honour the men and women who have served our country. Canada has developed unique ways of honouring and demonstrating respect for its war dead and veterans.

Through every generation there are Canadian families who have lost loved ones to international conflict and war. On Remembrance Day presents the origins, traditions, and customs of Canada’s Remembrance Day in a fashion that is engaging and easy to read.

 

4. Remembrance Day / Molly Aloian

“Each year on November 11th, millions of people in Canada and other countries in the Commonwealth take time to remember the men and women who served their countries during times of war. This book describes how people around the world hold similar services featuring poppies, poems, and special prayers.”

5. Un coquelicot pour se souvenir / Heather Patterson ; [illustrations] Ron Lightburn ; text français de Claudine Azoulay

Un po’me sur l’espoir qu’inspire le coquelicot, qui s’?panouit l? o? la guerre a d’cim? tant d’humains. Ce po’me est le point de d’part d’une vaste campagne qui vise ? aider les victimes de la guerre, tout en rappelant aux autres combien il a fallu de courage pour survivre ? cette p’riode troubl’e.

Moving text coupled with stunning illustrations by Governor General’s Award-winning artist Ron Lightburn explain the symbolism behind the poppy.
A bonus for teachers is the five-page spread all about the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Canada’s wartime and peacekeeping endeavours, and the adoption of the poppy as our Remembrance Day emblem.

6. A poppy is to remember / Heather Patterson ; [illustrations] Ron Lightburn.

“With soothing words and illustrations aimed specifically at younger readers, children will learn how the bright red poppy became the symbol for honouring those who fought for freedom.

The text is simple and is combined with stunning paintings by award-winning illustrator Ron Lightburn. The familiar poem, “In Flanders Fields,” is included, along with information about the symbolism and history of the poppy and Remembrance Day – all geared towards helping parents and teachers explain the significance of past and present wars and Canada’s peacekeeping missions.”

7. Remembrance Day / Liz Gogerly

Looking back at the First and Second World Wars, this book investigates the origins of Remembrance Day, and how its significance has grown to incorporate conflicts up to the present day. Explaining why we wear poppies, the book goes on to explore what Remembrance Day means for people today and describes the work of the British Legion.

8. Proud as a peacock, brave as a lion / Jane Barclay; illustrated by Renné Benoit

“Much has been written about war and remembrance, but very little of it has been for young children. As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle”.

9. Hana’s suitcase anniversary album / by Karen Levine

“A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana’s suitcase was sent to her.”

10. Hana’s suitcase / Karen Levine

“In the spring of 2000, Fumiko Ishioka, the curator of a Holocaust education center in Tokyo, received an empty suitcase from the Auschwitz museum. From the moment she saw it, Fumiko was captivated by the writing on the outside of the suitcase, which identified its owner: “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind” (the German word for orphan). Children visiting the center were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What happened to her? Fueled by their curiosity, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues.

Writer Karen Levine follows Fumiko in her search, from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia and the young Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with a passion for ice-skating. Together with Fumiko, we learn of Hana’s loving parents and older brother, George, and discover how the family’s happy life in a small town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis. Full of mystery, Hana’s story comes to life through the eyes of Fumiko and later her brother George, who now lives in Canada. Photographs and original wartime documents enhance a journey that bridges cultures, generations and time. The introduction is by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”

11. The last train: a Holocaust story / by Rona Arato

“The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.

Living in the town of Karcag, Hungary, the Aratos feel insulated from the war — even as it rages all around them. Hungary is allied with Germany to protect its citizens from invasion, but in 1944 Hitler breaks his promise to keep the Nazis out of Hungary.

The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of growing panic and fear: first into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. Separated from their father, 6-year-old Paul and 11-year-old Oscar must care for their increasingly sick mother, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the horrors of the camp.

In the spring of 1945, the boys see British planes flying over the camp, and a spark of hope that the war will soon end ignites. And then, they are forced onto a dark, stinking boxcar by the Nazi guards. After four days on the train, the boys are convinced they will be killed, but through a twist of fate, the train is discovered and liberated by a battalion of American soldiers marching through Germany.

The book concludes when Paul, now a grown man living in Canada, stumbles upon photographs on the internet of his train being liberated. After writing to the man who posted the pictures, Paul is presented with an opportunity to meet his rescuers at a reunion in New York — but first he must decide if he is prepared to reopen the wounds of his past.
“The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.”

12. To hope and back: the journey of the St. Louis / Kathy Kacer

“Lisa and Sol board the luxury ship St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 1939. Lisa and her family are in first class; Sol and his parents are below in tourist class. The children have mixed feelings–they’re excited to be beginning this voyage to a better life and sad to be leaving their old lives behind. They are Jewish, as are almost all of the 937 passengers on board, and although war has not been officially declared in Europe, the Nazis have been persecuting Jews for years. As they set sail for Cuba, the atmosphere on the ship is optimistic, led by the German captain Gustave Shröder, who is determined to see his passengers to safety. But as they learn that Hitler’s propaganda has turned the country against them, the mood changes to despair. They are turned away–first from Cuba, then the United States, and then Canada.

The story of Lisa and Sol is set against the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of Sol and Lisa, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many.”

13. No pretty pictures: a child of war / Anita Lobel

‘The beloved Caldecott Honor artist now recounts a tale of vastly different kind — her own achingly potent memoir of a childhood of flight, imprisonment, and uncommon bravery in Nazi-occupied Poland. Anita Lobel was barely five when the war began and sixteen by the time she came to America from Sweden, where she had been sent to recover at the end of the war. This haunting book, illustrated with the author’s archival photographs, is the remarkable account of her life during those years. Poised, forthright, and always ready to embrace life, Anita Lobel is the main character in the most personal story she will ever tell.The beloved Caldecott Honor artist now recounts a tale of vastly different kind — her own achingly potent memoir of a childhood of flight, imprisonment, and uncommon bravery in Nazi-occupied Poland. Anita Lobel was barely five when the war began and sixteen by the time she came to America from Sweden, where she had been sent to recover at the end of the war. This haunting book, illustrated with the author’s archival photographs, is the remarkable account of her life during those years. Poised, forthright, and always ready to embrace life, Anita Lobel is the main character in the most personal story she will ever tell.”

 

14. Faces of courage: young heroes of World War II / by Sally M. Rogow

“Depicts the struggle for survival by brave young people who risked their lives to defy the Nazis. There is Kirsten, a young Danish girl who helped save a group of Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazis. Yojo, a Gypsy teenager, guided downed British pilots over the Pyrenees Mountains to freedom in Spain. Jacques, a blind French teenager, organised a student resistance group called Volunteers of Liberty. The Eidelweiss Pirates were German teenagers who opposed the Hitler Youth and aided homeless Jewish children and runways. And Jacob, a young Pole, concealed his Jewish identity and went to work in a German armament factory. Three of the stories relate the heroics of real people; the others are about fictional characters but are based on documented events..”

15. Rescuing the children: the story of the Kindertransport / by Deborah Hodge

“This important book tells the story of how ten thousand Jewish children were rescued out of Nazi Europe just before the outbreak of World War 2. They were saved by the Kindertransport — a rescue mission that transported the children (or Kinder) from Nazi-ruled countries to safety in Britain.

The book includes real-life accounts of the children and is illustrated with archival photographs, paintings of pre-war Nazi Germany by artist, Hans Jackson, and original art by the Kinder commemorating their rescue.”

16. Passage to freedom: the Sugihara story / written by Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom  Lee; afterword by Hiroki Sugihara

“The true story of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Schindler, who, with his family’s encouragement, saved thousands of Jews in Lithuania during World War II.

As a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania in the 1940s, Chiune Sugihara had a chance to help thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust through Japan, but it was against his government’s orders. When his five-year-old son Hiroki asked, If we don’t help them, won’t they die? Sugihara decided to assist the refugees.

Based on Hiroki Sugihara’s own words, Passage to Freedom is the first fully illustrated children’s book to tell Sugihara’s heroic story, highlighting his courageous humanity, and the importance of a child’s opinion in his father’s decision.”

Faculty/Instructors: Please submit your course syllabus by mid-November for the Winter term.

It’s getting to be that time of the year again for faculty and instructors: time to start thinking about submitting your course syllabus in advance for the Winter term!

In order to have enough processing time to clear copyright and make the material available, library staff greatly appreciate syllabus submissions by mid-November to be ready for January.

Simply email your syllabus to syllabus.service@ubc.ca as a Word or PDF document.

You may check the status of your requests by logging into LOCR and accessing your course shell.

Collection Spotlight: Halloween Books

The latest UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight highlights English and French Halloween picture books, novels, and readers that can be found at our branch.

Please click on the title or book cover to take you to the record in the UBC Library catalogue.

Just a few of our featured Halloween Picture Books:


The Scarecrow / written by Beth Ferry; illustrated by the Fan Brothers
(2019)
“All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?”

 


That one spooky night / written by Dan Bar-el; illustrated by David
Huyck. (2012)
“Three strange tales filled with shivery fun occur on a dark, spooky night and include the stories of a broom that goes in search of a witch, mermaids who swim in a bathtub and a house party that turns unexpectedly batty.”

 


Yo ho ho, Halloween! / by Pam Muñoz Ryan; illustrated by Edwin
Fotheringham. (2016)
“Halloween is coming! This year, Tony Baloney wants to stand out in the crowd at the school Halloween parade. But can he keep his costume intact until the day of the parade?”

 


Leah’s mustache party / by Nadia Mike; illustrated by Charlene Chua.
(2016)
“At Leah’s moustache party, everyone gets in on the dress-up fun, even Grandma!”

 


This is the house that monsters built / by Steve Metzger; illustrated by
Jared Lee. (2016)
“Using the building verse of the original nursery rhyme, a mummy, a skeleton, a zombie, and other monsters create a house.”

 


Black and bittern was night / [text by] Robert Heidbreder ; [illustrations
by] John Martz. (2013)
“When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day.”


Duck, duck, dinosaur: perfect pumpkin / written by Kallie George ;
illustrated by Oriol Vidal. (2017)
“Duck-and-dino siblings Feather, Flap, and Spike visit the pumpkin patch together to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate for Halloween.”

 


Trick-or-treat, smell my feet! / Lisa Desimini. (2005)
“When twin witches Delia and Ophelia cook up a mischievous spell for Halloween, a mysterious ingredient causes the potion to backfire.”

 


The walking bathroom / words by Shauntay Grant; art by Erin Bennett
Banks (2017)
“It’s Halloween and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative, something no one else in the world has ever been in the history of Halloween.”

 


The ghosts go spooking / Chrissy Bozik; illustrated by Patricia
Storms. (2015)
“Little ghosts go trick-or-treating by ones, twos, and up to ten in this spooky and fun-filled take on “The Ants Go Marching.”

 


Jazlyn J & a screen of a Halloween / written by Renná Bruce ;
illustrations by Janet Shultis; illustration colouring and page design by
Kevin Strang & Whitney Strang. (2014)
“Jazlyn J and her friends through their Halloween was ruined. They had no idea it would turn out to be one they would never forget!”

 


Me and my dragon: scared of Halloween / David Biedrzycki. (2013)
“A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.”

 


The graveyard hounds / by Vi Hughes; illustrations by Christina Leist.
(2008)
“When the dogs in town lose their barks, Mike and Annie set out to solve the mystery.”

 


Boo! / by Robert Munsch; illustrated by Michael Martchenko. (2004)
“It’s Halloween, and Lance decides to paint his face to make it the scariest ever. He makes his face so scary that when the adults answer the door they fall over in fright!”

 


One terrible Halloween / Mary Labatt. (2002)
“Sam: Dog Detective is bored. There are no ghosts in her house, no monsters, no mysteries! Luckily, Halloween is only a week away; soon Woodford will be crawling with vampires, goblins, mutants and witches.”

Collection Spotlight: Happy Thanksgiving!

The current Collection Spotlight highlights books about Thanksgiving (the holiday) as well as the broader theme of gratitude and giving thanks. Please drop by the branch and visit the display located on the main level breezeway.

Below are just some of the books on display. Click on the title or book cover below to take you to the record in the UBC Library catalogue.

See our Seasons and Celebrations booklist for a list of selected teacher resources, picture books, and non-fiction related to different community celebrations throughout the year.


If you’re thankful and you know it / Chrissy Bozik; illustrated by Patricia Storms.
This Thanksgiving celebration is versioned on “If you’re happy and you know it.” Here, families, neighbours and friends gather to give thanks for everything the season has to offer: from changing leaves to turkey and pies; from a hockey game to a cozy sweater. And most of all, for the warm memories of time spent together with loved ones. A perfect reminder any time of the year of the things that are important, and to stop and be grateful.

Around the table that grandad built / Melanie Heuiser Hill; illustrated by Jaime Kim.
In a unique take on the cumulative classic “This Is the House That Jack Built,” a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a table that brims with associations: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad’s wedding, silverware gifted to Dad by his grandma long ago. Not to mention the squash from the garden, the bread baked by Gran, and the pies made by the young narrator (with a little help). Serving up a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is poised to become a savored part of Thanksgiving traditions to come. A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship, perfect for the holidays and every day.

The perfect Thanksgiving / by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi.
Two families–one that is perfect and one that is far from it–celebrate Thanksgiving in their own loving ways.

The memory cupboard: a Thanksgiving story / by Charlotte Herman; illustrated by Ben F. Stahl.
For Katie, nothing compares to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. There are the aunts and uncles, whom Katie loves to see each year. But a cherished object is broken at dinner, and Katie blames herself for spoiling the day.

Thelonius Turkey lives! : (on Felicia Ferguson’s farm) / Lynn Rowe Reed.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Thelonius Turkey becomes worried when Felicia the farmer starts to fatten him up and pluck his feathers.

Thanksgiving day / Dorothy Goeller.
Simple text and photographs present a story with a Thanksgiving theme.

Thank youThanksgiving / by David Milgrim.
While on a Thanksgiving Day errand for her mother, a girl says thank you to all the things around her.


Hello, harvest moon / by Ralph Fletcher; illustrated by Kate Kiesler.
Poetic prose describes a full autumn moon and the magical effect it has on the earth, plants, animals, and people around it.


The autumn equinox: celebrating the harvest / Ellen Jackson; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis.
Discusses the significance of some of the harvest festivals around the world and describes how they are celebrated.


The Thank You Book / by Mo Willems
In The Thank You Book, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.