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Intermediate Book List: Non-Fiction

All the books in this list have been read by either Jenn (proprietor of Comics in the Classroom), or one of her staff. They are certified to be appropriate for the elementary age group and have been chosen for their benefit to classrooms and libraries.

Some books on the Intermediate List are also available on the Elementary and Secondary Lists. This is because we feel these books have a wide-ranging appeal.

All books will be reduced by 25% at time of ordering.


image not availableLouis Riel
Volumes: 1; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Chester Brown Canadian!
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Black-and-white
Softcover
SRP: 19.95

Synopsis: This is a graphic biography of the 19th century Metis leader Louis Riel, as he struggles to win rights for his people. The biography deals with the controversial elements of Riel's character, including his potential madness, in a relatively unbiased way. The author clearly attempts to lay out all the relevant facts in the matter leaving plenty of room for the reader to draw their own conclusion about the motives of Riel and MacDonald. This book fits in extremely well with the grade 8 history curriculum.

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image not available No Girls Allowed

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: Susan Hughes Canadian!
Illustrated by: Willow Dawson Canadian!
Genre: Non-Fiction
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 8.95

Synopsis: This is an anthology of stories about women throughout time who have been forced to dress like men in order to achieve greatness, despite inequality of the sexes. The women portrayed are Hatshepsut, Mu Lan, Alfhild, Esther Brandeau, James Barry, Ellen Craft, and Sarah Rosetta Wakeman. Each story provides historical fact in an entertaining structure with clear, historically accurate illustrations. This is the ideal book to encourage girls to strive and take risks despite perceived adversities. It also provides a jumping off point to discuss the historical context of the stories, from ancient Egypt to New France. Nominated for the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creators Award for Kids in 2009.

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image not available Smile

1 volume; complete
Written and Illustrated by: Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Non-Fiction, teen
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized; 214 pages
SRP:13.99

This is the true story of Raina Telgemeier and her teenage &8220;dental drama&8221;. In sixth grade, Raina accidentally knocked out her two front teeth and, as a result, ended up going through years of corrective braces and dental surgery to give her back a &8220;regular&8221; smile. In this book, she taps into her experiences to give readers a highly relatable and engaging story. Any reader who has or has had braces or other dental work will immediately sympathize with Raina's experiences. But, beyond a story about dental work, it's also a tale about growing up, about going from middle to high school, about having crushes on boys, about standing up to friends when you realize they aren't really your friends, and foremost, about developing a sense of self and self-confidence. Raina's smile is completely linked to her self-perception and her concerns about how other people see her. It is exciting and wonderful to watch the character grow, and become less self-conscious and more willing to stand up for herself. Any middle or high school student reading this book will empathize with the character, and draw inspiration from Raina's courage in the face of physical pain and personal conflict.

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