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2022 Fall Preview: Books for Young People – Nonfiction


 Why Humans Build Up: The Rise of Towers, Temples and Skyscrapers 
Gregor Craigie and Kathleen Fu, ill.
Orca Book Publishers, Sept.

The first instalment in the new Orca Timeline series, Why Humans Build Up, investigates our drive to build taller and taller structures – and whether or not continuing on this path makes for a sustainable future.


Secret Schools: True Stories of the Determination to Learn
Heather Camlot and Erin Taniguchi, ill.
Owlkids Books, Sept.

In her latest middle-grade book, award-winning Toronto author, journalist, and Q&Q contributor Heather Camlot (What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?) takes readers on a trek through history to explore the world’s most secretive schools.

The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers: A Tour of Your Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits 
Rachel Poliquin and Clayton Hanmer, ill.
Greystone Kids, Sept.

Tour guides Wisdom Tooth and Disappearing Kidney introduce young readers to our “leftover” body parts – from goosebumps to exploding organs – in this wacky illustrated look at the evolution of the human body. 

More Than Money
Hadley Dyer and Mitchell Bernard; Paul Gill, ill. 
Annick Press, Sept.

Author-editor Hadley Dyer teams up with Mitchell Bernard, an associate professor of political science and Asia Pacific studies, to demonstrate how economic inequality affects every part of our lives, from the health care we receive to the education we get. Vancouver-based illustrator Paul Gill provides the artwork.

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 Inspiring Individuals Found Their Dream Jobs 
Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac; Scot Ritchie, ill.
Pajama Press, Oct.

Jam-packed with spotlights, fun facts, and skill-building advice, this kids’ guide to careers shows children there’s more than one path to their dream job. Award-winning author Colleen Nelson and literacy advocate Kathie MacIsaac encourage readers to see success as doing work that makes them happy.



Heroines, Rescuers, Rabbis, Spies: Unsung Women of the Holocaust 
Sarah Silberstein Swartz 
Second Story Press, Oct.

Sarah Silberstein Swartz, daughter of Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors, brings to the forefront nine women forgotten by history who resisted unimaginable horrors while working undercover in concentration camps and hiding in forests in exile to save lives.

My Left Skate: The Extraordinary Story of Eliezer Sherbatov 
Anna Rosner
Yellow Dog/Great Plains Publications, Oct.

After an accident leaves 19-year-old Eliezer with a permanent disability, everyone believes his hockey career is over. But his mother, a professional power-skating coach, isn’t convinced. This first-person biography follows Eliezer through operations and rehabilitation as he fights toward his dream of playing in the NHL.

Unsinkable Lucile: How a Farm Girl Became the Queen of Fashion and Survived the Titanic 
Hugh Brewster and Laurie McGaw, ill.
Firefly Books, Sept.

Unsinkable Lucile, by Hugh Brewster and artist Laurie McGaw, features the incredible story of how Lucy Sutherland, born on a backwoods Ontario farm, became one of the world’s most glamorous women and the most famous fashionista of the Edwardian age.

By: Inderjit Deogun

September 7th, 2022

12:37 pm

Category: Industry News, Preview

Issue Date: September 2022