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By Julie Montalbano

Starting middle school can be scary. But knowing what to expect will make girls feel more confident. Packed with tips and fun quizzes, she will get the inside scoop on topics like classes, lockers, homework, and getting involved in after-school activities.

She will get help deciding the best way to introduce herself to those new classmates.

Plus, there are letters from girls who were just as worried about starting middle school, and advice from girls who have already been there.

Paperback book containing 96 pages.

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By Jackie Zorovich and Kristina Sacci

Master the art of creating Zoku Quick Pops faster than ever! With over 40 quick and delicious recipes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Those with a penchant for light and healthy pops will love Just Peachy and Watermelon, while those with a love for decadent desserts will devour Marble Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie. The collection ranges from nostalgic favourites like Neapolitan and Mint Chip to trendy flavours like Pink Mojito and Chai!

Also included are Zoku's original pop-making techniques, decorating ideas, and tips to inspire Quick Pop enthusiasts to create their own unique recipes!

Intended for use with Zoku Quick Pop Makers (sold separately).

Softcover containing 96 pages.

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By Mojang

You're alone, in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You only have a few minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you... What do you do?

The Minecraft Beginner's Handbook might just save your life. Inside you'’ll find expert tips on how to build shelter, find and gather resources, and craft armour and weapons to protect yourself from the terrifying creatures that come out at night.

Filled with exclusive tips from the creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, as well as experts and celebrities, the Minecraft Beginners Handbook teaches readers how to survive and make it to the next level in this elaborate gaming universe.

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Jennifer Farley

It seemed as though frozen drinks had been stuck in a rut for quite some time. Zoku noticed that they mainly showed up in convenience stores and movie theaters and the options were usually limited to artificial ingredients and basic flavours. Zoku decided it was time to introduce The Art of Slush!

This book features an assortment of slushies (as well as milkshakes and smoothies) that are designed to work with the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker. The Art of Slush contains both healthy and decadent options with room for flexibility and fun. With the broad range of ingredients in these recipes, you can create artful slush masterpieces to delight everyone.

 

Soft cover containing 96 pages.

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This set of over 50 colourful cards shows the flags of every country in the world! Each flag is accompanied by country fact data, from capital cities to currencies. Feature panels on each Usborne Spotter's Card tell more about flag designs, symbols and traditions and internet links provide lots more flag information!

Box contains approximately 54 cards, measuring approximately 4" wide x 6" high.

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Perfect for getting children out into the open air to discover nature, this colourful, easy and fun bird guide is ideal for beginning birders! DK Spot the Bird covers more than 100 of the most common North American birds. Each page features one bird, along with a full-colour photograph and clear, concise text to pick out the main identifying features.

Colourful symbols let young naturalists know what the bird eats, where it lives, how many eggs it lays, and whether it will be seen alone or in flocks. To add fun to the challenge of spotting them, all the birds have stickers - when children spot the bird, they can add their sticker!

Softcover containig 120 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

By Ron Davidson, Foreword by Ron MacLean

At last! A book that focuses on the development of individual hockey skills and promotes a mastery of body positioning, skating and stick work. Learning these skills gives players a strong fundamental understanding of how to move effectively on the ice in any gameplay situation.

The skills are organized in 4 sections: Fundamentals, Skating Techniques, Stick Work, and Dekeing and Deception. As the reader progresses through a chapter, the level of difficulty of each skill increases, ultimately covering every fundamental move and technique needed for an outstanding and total comprehension of the play. Davidson's progressive-learning approach teaches beginners the proper techniques, hones the skills of intermediate-level players and challenges elite players with the additional skills they need!

Some of the 50 critical skills presented in this eye-opening collection include:

  • Forward stride
  • Backward crossunder
  • Drive and delay
  • Heel-to-heel turns
  • Tight turns
  • Extending your reach
  • Receiving off-target shooting
  • The Forsberg deke
  • The Datsyuk deke

Ron Davidson played on Canada's national team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. He has directed hockey camps, schools and clinics in Canada, the U.S. and throughout Europe, and he has directed schools and clinics for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. His hockey-skill philosophies and teachings are seen on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in a segment called "Think Hockey."

Softcover containing 144 pages.

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By Rick Riordan

It's the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy! This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-colour diagrams and maps, all packaged in a handy, "manual-size" book with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

Hardcover containing 148 pages.

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By Lia Foa

This stunning box is an ideal introduction to crystals and gemstones! Open the lid to reveal a 6-compartment display case, each compartment holding an assortment of polished gemstones. Kids will learn how to sort and identify each of the stones in their collection. Beneath the display case, they’ll find the Little Book of Crystals and Gemstones, filled with fascinating facts about more than 50 crystals and gemstones. It identifies each stone by name and describes some of the stone's unique properties. Also included are tweezers for examining stones, and a miniature geode - a stone with tiny crystals that are naturally embedded on its surface.

Included softcover book contains 48 pages.

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By Silke Vry

This collection of masterpieces of the art of illusion will delight and entertain readers of all ages. Children love illusions - and artists are some of the greatest tricksters around! This collection features artworks that incorporate a variety of methods for tricking our eyes: including trompe l'oeil, clever uses of colour and perspective, Surrealism, and Photo-Realism.

Arranged thematically, each work is presented in a 2-page spread with 50 colour illustrations. Lively texts explain the methods the artists employed to shape their illusions. Reproduced in vibrant colour, these pieces of ripe fruit, blooming flowers, a half-opened curtain, flickering lines, and impossible worlds come alive on the page, providing hours of absorbing fun as readers are drawn into the stories behind their creation. Playful, intriguing, and educational, these great illusions are a terrific way to introduce children to the world of art!

Hardcover containing 48 pages.

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By Janet Sacks

Not only is this incredible kit packed with more than 100 mind-boggling illusions, it also explains the science behind them. Kids will love learning how the brain tricks the eye into seeing what may—or may not—actually be there.

Sections explore:

  • Impossible shapes that appear real but are not
  • Static objects that seem to move
  • Camouflage techniques used by animals
  • The magic behind animation
  • 3D images, and more

This fun and unusual pack comes complete with lots of cool accessories to help with the illusions including: 3D glasses, a thaumatrope (for animated illusions), a press-out impossible triangle, plus acetate sheets and spinners for creating vibrating lines and other illusions. A built-in storage pocket secures illusion accessories.

Hardcover book containing 36 pages.

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By National Geographic Kids

The world's best-selling almanac for kids is packed with amazing animals, cool inventions, dinosaurs, robots, maps, games, activities, and more all in one "fun-tastic" volume. In true National Geographic style, this book excites young people about their world and everything in it, so it's no surprise that the 2012 edition landed at #3 on the New York Times best seller list! The 2014 almanac features fun information, browsable features, and helpful reference on subjects including technology, countries, presidents, animals, weather, funny roadside attractions, outer space, green tips, and natural disasters, just for starters. Chapters include Amazing Animals, Going Green, Geography Rocks, Super Science, Wonders of Nature, Awesome Adventure, Culture Connection, History Happens, and an interactive Fun and Games chapter.

Exciting changes for 2014 include:

  • Forty percent NEW content, including photos and articles
  • Mobile media features in every chapter that readers can download to an iPod Touch® or smartphone, including National Geographic animal videos, photo galleries, and interactive games
  • A brand new special section on cute animals
  • A fully revamped continents of the world section
  • A special Fun and Games chapter featuring all-new jokes, games, and comics, featuring funny animal photos and colorful illustrations
  • A fully updated "Your World" section, which opens the Almanac, will include all-new, up-to-the-moment content
  • All-new fun facts, activities, games, and crafts
  • More than 500 photographs, including incredible gorgeous new photo spreads featuring animals, adventure, nature, and more
  • Eight Homework Help sections

Softcover includes 352 pages.

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By Mojang

The possibilities are endless in Minecraft. This handbook will teach players how they too can cultivate a creative style to rival those of the experts!

Packed with step-by-step instructions and countless pointers from the renowned master build team, FyreUK, readers will learn how to construct houses, bridges, ships, floating islands, and rollercoasters of the highest quality.

Along with the tools to become master builders themselves, players will also be inspired to fuel their own creative genius through the inclusion of some of the most astounding and influential community builds ever!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Chris Cerasi

New and classic Star Wars facts, photos and trivia at your fingertips! This "book" actually consists of die-cut cards filled with facts about Star Wars characters, vehicles, weapons and more. Test your knowledge with this Fandex Deluxe!

Deck containing 75 cards.

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Featuring favourite meals and snacks to inspire young chefs who are ready to learn new skills, this handy softcover edition of the Children's Cookbook is loaded with easy-to-make recipes. Children will learn to enjoy preparing food as they cook with new flavours and have lots of fun in the kitchen! Everything that children need to know to make healthy meals and tasty treats - specially designed for young Canadian cooks!

Softcover cookbook containing 128 pages.

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By Gail MacColl

National Bestseller - over 1 million copies in print! A complete introduction for kids and a refresher for adults, this set includes an everything-you-need-to-know guide to 35 great card games and an oversized, durably laminated 52-card playing deck with 2 jokers included! Symbols and numbers are extra large, plus each suit's background colour is different.

Book includes:

  • Objectives, rules, score-keeping, favourite variations
  • How to shuffle, cut and deal
  • Strategy (even the art of bluffing!)
  • Glossary of card terms

Softcover containing 128 pages.

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By Mojang

It's time to wire up and get connected to one of the most complex areas of the Minecraft universe - Redstone. Minecraft experts guide you through all aspects of working with Redstone, including: mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit components, and circuit designs. This comprehensive guide also includes exclusive tips from game creator 'Notch', as well as some of the most extraordinary Redstone creations ever made.

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Mojang

This comprehensive handbook will teach readers everything they need to know about defense from hostile monsters and enemy players in the elaborate world of Minecraft. Learn how to build a fort, craft armour and weapons, set mob traps, defeat enemies in combat, as well as how to battle your way out of "the Nether" and "the End."

With tips and tricks from experts and celebrities, including Minecraft developer, Jens “Jeb” Bergensten, and creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, readers will learn the skills needed to becoming the ultimate Minecraft warrior in no time!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Dorling Kindersley

After ten years of study and consultation, UNICEF, the premier organization devoted to the care and welfare of the world's children, published the results of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using these tenets as a base, A Life Like Mine profiles children from all over the globe leading their lives in different and fascinating ways. The challenges of nations both developed and developing are revealed in the stories and photographs in this special volume. DK and UNICEF have combined their inspirational forces to provide remarkable insight into children's lives.

Softcover, contains 128 pages filled with full-colour photographs.

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August 12, 2014

It’s that time of year again! Gearing up for school and finding just the right backpack and all the coolest stuff to fill my pencil box was such a fun time for me growing up. A brand new note book full of blank pages always felt like a fresh start, and brought to mind a whole school year’s worth of possibilities. This year we’re sharing our favourite finds to help bring FUN back to school…

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