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Books for Young Readers


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Books for Young Readers


Anna Humphrey is the author of Rhymes with Cupid, Mission (Un)Popular, Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea and the Clara Humble series. She writes in the attic of a big old brick house that she shares with her husband, kids and cats in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers


Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers


The perfect mix of ‘comic’ relief and expert storytelling that tugs on all the right heart strings.
— Arthur Slade, GG Award Winning Author

Ontario Library Association Best Bet

TD Summer Reading Club selection

Nine-year-old Clara Humble has always known she's special... but lately, she's been starting to suspect she might actually be SUPER. In fact, she thinks she may have some very small, but very real powers including:

  • The power to make stuff spill* (* without even touching it).
  • The power to communicate with chinchillas.
  • The power to wake up at exactly 7:14 every morning. No earlier, no later. Even on weekends. Even without an alarm clock.

Clara's pretty sure that with a bit of training she'll be a real-life superhero! And just in the nick of time, too: When she hears that her school is opening its doors to the meanies from rival school R.R. Reginald--including her arch-enemy, bossy Becky McDougall--Clara springs into action. But she soon learns that saving the day is harder than it looks... and that sometimes trying to do the right thing can go very (very) wrong.

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Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea


Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea


Rife with ‘depth and charm,’ this story is peppered with engaging science facts and insights
— Publishers Weekly

Ten-year-old Ruby Goldberg is determined to win her school science fair and beat her nemesis Dominic Robinson. She’s snagged second place for the last two years, and she’s set on claiming first prize. The only trouble is that Ruby has no ideas. When her grandfather’s beloved basset hound dies, Ruby thinks of the perfect thing that will cheer him up and win her first place—an innovative, state-of-the-art, not-to-be-duplicated Ruby Goldberg invention!

Before long Ruby is so busy working on her idea that she ignores everything else in her life, including her best friend, Penny. And what started out as simple turns into something much more complicated! Can Ruby get her priorities—and her project—in order before it’s too late?

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Mission (Un)Popular


Mission (Un)Popular


Margot has a sense of humor that will draw readers in—and win them over.
— Publishers Weekly

Margot Button has a resolution for 7th grade: Be more normal. Easier said than done!

Well, Rome wasn't built in a day. If Margot could just learn to control her big mouth (and hair), there is hope. The new girl, Em, needs a friend too. Plus she dresses like a rock star, is quick with comebacks, and actually has the guts to stand up to Evil Sarah. Em has an agenda for change at Manning Middle School and wants Margot on her side. Progress!

So, okay, Em has a flexible relationship with the truth. And her secret campaign to turn the tables on Sarah's clique may involve bending some laws. But after years of Sarah's bullying, it's hard for Margot to resist Em's call to action. Margot's approval rating is finally up, and well, it's only fair to take the mean girls down a few notches...isn't it?

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Rhymes with Cupid


Rhymes with Cupid


A sweet read.
— YABookNerd

After getting her heart smashed to smithereens last Valentine’s day, Elyse Ulrich has sworn off dating as well as celebrating the February 14th holiday. Both things are a problem, though, since:

a) she works at a gift & stationery store, surrounded by annoying singing Cupid dolls, tacky heart-shaped balloons, and sappy cards with poems that don’t even really rhyme.

b) she ends up meeting Patrick, who works in the same mall and is her new neighbor and her driving instructor and is really cute and incredibly charming… which might be okay except for the whole ‘sworn off dating’ thing…

Elyse isn’t interested in putting her heart on the line. But with Valentine’s Day approaching, she finds out that avoiding Cupid’s arrow is a lot harder than she expected.