Novels with Thematic Connections
   
 
 
Challenges
Grade 9  Grade 8 
The Kayak  
a physically challenged teen learns her strengths and limitations
 
 Draco’s Child 
challenges of the visually impaired
 
asthmatic girl is determined to play the game she loves
 
coming of age in the Buddhist Himalayas
 
1930’s mountain adventure tale
 
girl charged with saving her community
 
reworking of Hans Christian Anderson quests
 
humorous novel of a hockey teen’s Christmas dilemmas
 
hockey players deal with drugs in their sport
 
competitive hockey and moral codes
 
A woman battles to keep her home during the Black Plague
fantasy quest to find captured children
 
boy learns to cope with the dangers his military mother faces
 
novel of super-intelligent canines battling corporate villans
 
novel of baseball rivalries
 
fantasy adventure set in a great ice world
 
teen spy in American Civil War
 
brain-teaser mystery in a dangerous maze
 
contemporary time travel mystery
 
African Adventure novel

 

 

 


 Grade 7    Grade 6 
The Freyan Trilogy
magical travel quest novels
 
The Meyer Mystery Series
contemporary young sleuth novels
 
odd friendship forms to thwart villain

The Mystery of the Cyber Bully
internet bullying

The Mystery of the Frozen Brains
small town community prejudice

The Mystery of The Graffiti Ghoul
school community friendship challenges)

The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher
school sleuths solve crime

 

  Community
 Grade 9   Grade 8
Draco’s Child
outer planet colony is in crisis
 
Dance of the Snow Dragon
Himalayan Buddhist Community
 
Big Burn
community environmental values
 
Firedrake
enslaved fantasy community
 
The Lie That Had To Be
community must confront its own prejudice
Soldier Boys
historical novel frontier community
 
Suspicion Island
West Coast community adventure

  


 Grade 7  Grade 6 

 Sea Change
female fantasy magic community

The Mystery of the Cyber Bully
the internet and the school community
 
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains
small town community prejudice
 
The Mystery of The Graffiti Ghoul
school community interactions
 
The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher
school community interactions
   
Friendship
Grade 9  Grade 8 
Firedrake
Wizard-of-Oz-like characters team up for adventure
 
Draco’s Child
dragon female adventure quest
 
A Girl Called Tennyson
bonding of unlike female friends
 
The Spiral Maze
boy and girl team up to solve mystery
 
Soldier Boys
friendship between Metis and English boy
 
The Lady At Batoche
three teens in the heart of frontier battle
 
Third Times The Charm
orphans work together to solve mystery
 
Grace & The Ice Prince
building trust in friendship

 


 

Grade 7  Grade 6
The King of Arugula
brother, ghost sister and punker outwit villain
 
The Mystery of the Cyber Bully
evaluation school friendships
 
The Mystery of the Missing Will
friends solve mystery
 
 
Suspicion Island
friends solve mystery
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains
Chinese and French friends solve mysteries
 
The Mystery of The Graffiti Ghoul
Chinese and French friends solve mysteries
 
The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher
Chinese and French friends solve mysteries
   
Family Values
Grade 9  Grade 8 
The Lie That Had To Be
An Italian family in Canada copes with prejudice during WWII
 
Breathing Soccer
parents of asthmatic girl must adjust
 
The Kayak
parents of a physically handicapped teen must let go
 
Yuletide Blues
teen’s humorous take on family life
 
Offside
parents deal with hockey team’s drug culture
 
One on One
competitive hockey and the family’s moral codes
Shimmerdogs
boy learns to cope with the fears if having a military mother
 
A Girl Called Tennyson
fantasy that highlights how families raise and care for children
 
Riding Planet Earth
contemporary teen deals with conservative family
 
The Youngest Spy
son saves father during American Civil War

 


 

Grade 7  Grade 6 
I, The Spy
professional family is united through son’s efforts
 
Wind Shifter
father/daughter quest
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains
Chinese family values
   
Social Justice
Grade 9  Grade 8 
The Kayak
societal obstacles for the Physically disabled
 
Breathing Soccer
overcoming discrimination of the physically handicapped
 
Firedrake
themes of enslavement and emancipation
 
The Lie That Had To Be
ethnic prejudice during WWII
 
Offside
drug use in hockey
 
Brondings’ Honour
male/female leadership roles
 
The First Vial
societal breakdown during the BlackPlague
Einstein Dog
corporate villains and animal rights
 
Big Burn
environmental issues
 
The Youngest Spy
coming of age and moral dilemmas during American Civil War
 
Soldier Boys
Canadian Riel Rebellion action adventure
 
The Lady at Batoche
Canadian Riel Rebellion action adventure

 


 

Grade 7  Grade 6 
Third Times The Charm
class distinction in the world of magic
 
Wind Shifter
the role of history in shaping society
 
The Turning Time
discrimination and injustice within nations
 
 
The Mystery of The Graffiti Ghoul
school community crime)
 
 
Why Were All The Werewolves Men?
evaluating the plight of misunderstood monsters
   
Imagination
Grade 9  Grade 8 
Draco’s Child
dragon adventure
 
Dance of the Snow Dragon
Buddhist Himalayas quest
 
Firedrake
sword and sorcery quest
 
The Serpent Bride
transformation of magical Danish myths & ballads
 
The Snow Queen
reworking of Hans Christian Anderson’s fantasy worlds
 
Brondings’ Honour
sword & sorcery with a female hero
Einstein Dog
novel of super-intelligent canines
 
A Girl Called Tennyson
fantasy quest to find captured children
 
Josh & the Magic Vial
time-travel quest
 
Grace and the Ice Prince
fantasy set in a great ice world
 
The Spiral Maze
brain-teaser mystery
 
The Tomorrow Tunnel
contemporary time travel mystery
 
Third Times The Charm
magic & mystery detective novel

 


 

Grade 7  Grade 6 
The King of Arugula
magical world with Tom Burton-esque energy
 
The Mystery of the Turtle Lake Monster
lake monster myth teen detectives
 
Third Times The Charm
magic and witches
 
Wind Shifter
other worlds — magic and wizards
 
The Turning Time
other worlds-magic and wizards
Why Were All The Werewolves Men?
mythological hip-hop
 
 
  

 

       

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