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2014 Golden Oak Award Nominees

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The Golden Oak Adult Literacy Book Club Award is sponsored by the Ontario Library Association. Golden Oak provides a unique opportunity for new readers in adult literacy programs to read books chosen specifically for them. They can read the books by themselves, with their tutors, or as part of a reading group. New adult readers are encouraged to read one, two, or all of the books and share their thoughts about them in an online discussion. The official sponsor of the Golden Oak Award reading program is S & B Books.
Big League Dreams

Big League Dreams

Baseball Hall of Fame's first African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

This is a history of black major league baseball players and the crumbling of the colour barrier in sport, and the story of how Fergie Jenkins rose to the top to become Canada's first inductee into the American Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fergie Jenkins grew up in the era when Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball, and Willie O'Ree became the first black NHL player. Inspired by these professional athletes, and with doors now opening for young men like himself, Fergie …

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Emily Included

Emily Included

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

The true story of Emily Eaton. Born with severe cerebral palsy, Emily and her family had to fight for her right to go to school with non-disabled children in a regular classroom. Their fight, which began at a time when children with CP were segregated, was groundbreaking. Unwilling to take no for an answer, Emily's fight would take her all the way to the Supreme Court. Eventually victorious, Emily’s story makes her an amazing role model for children everywhere - whether they are living with a …

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Guilty

Guilty

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy.

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Tracie crumples and falls to the ground. My dad twists around to look at her. He bellows. He lunges at the man again.
    Blam!
    Blam!
    A second person falls to the ground.
    Only my dad is left standing.

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My Name Is Parvana

My Name Is Parvana

edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback

The fourth book in the internationally bestselling series that includes The BreadwinnerParvana’s Journey and Mud City.

In this stunning sequel, Parvana, now fifteen, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan.

On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not re …

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Something Noble

Something Noble

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook

Linda is a young, hardworking single mom struggling to get by from paycheck to paycheck. When she learns that her son Dre needs a kidney transplant, her family's already precarious financial situation takes a turn for the worst. Then she discovers that the only one who can help Dre is his half-brother LeVon, a drug-dealing gangbanger who thinks only of himself. Somehow Linda must get through to LeVon in order to save her son.
Though she is deathly afraid of LeVon and the world he lives in, Linda …

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Why did I think this would work? I can't just approach a total stranger and ask him for a kidney. It's insane.

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The Secret of the Village Fool

The Secret of the Village Fool

by Rebecca Upjohn
illustrated by Renné Benoit
edition:Hardcover
tagged : holocaust

Milek and his brother, Munio, live in a sleepy village in Poland, where nothing exciting seems to happen. They have a kind and gentle neighbour named Anton, but the people of the village laugh at Anton and call him the village fool because he talks to animals and only eats vegetables. When the war brings Nazi soldiers to town, life changes. The Nazis begin rounding up Jewish boys like Milek and Munio. Anton worries about them and comes up with a plan to hide the whole family in his own home, put …

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The Stamp Collector

The Stamp Collector

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

On the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List 2014

2013 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor Book

2013 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee

Forest of Reading's Golden Oak 2014 winner

2014 Silver Birch Express Award nominee

OLA 2012 Best Bet - Picture Books category

A city boy finds a stamp that unlocks his imagination; a country boy is captivated by stories. When they grow up, the two boys take different paths—one becomes a prison guard, the other work …

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