New Release Books by Carol Matas

Carol Matas is the author of Who's Looking? (2022), A Struggle for Hope (2021), Cloning Miranda (2016), Daniel's Story Novel Units Student Packet (2019) and other 94 books.

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Who's Looking?

release date: Apr 12, 2022
Who's Looking?
In this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book, a young girl and her baby sister explore the land around them while various animals and insects look on. The art reflects the world as viewed by the animals, along with the text explaining some science behind each animal's unique type of vision.

A Struggle for Hope

release date: Oct 05, 2021
A Struggle for Hope
Ruth survived the Holocaust and the long journey to Palestine. Now she finds herself once again in a war zone as Israel battles for its existence. Her brother is on the front lines. Ruth and her boyfriend are injured and cannot fight, so they care for children in a hospital. Ruth tells the children stories to distract them and help them make sense of their situation. As she recovers, she too must return to the fight. A trauma forces her back to another time when she told stories: to her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. We discover what Ruth went through in the camps, the horrors she saw, the friends she made and lost. Through it all Ruth comes to understand that she must find a new way to live, a way that does not give up on hope.

Cloning Miranda

release date: Sep 07, 2016
Cloning Miranda
A Suspenseful Sci-Fi Thriller for Middle Grades and YA Fourteen-year-old Miranda has it all: beauty, brains, talent, perfect health. Until the day her vision goes blurry – the first symptom of a fatal disease. As she and her parents fight to save her, she makes the shocking discovery that everything she thought she knew about her life is a lie. Suddenly Miranda is facing some troubling questions: What makes us human? Is it our DNA, our upbringing or the choices we make? The answers will force Miranda to deal with the biggest challenges of her life. “Suspenseful YA novel … taut story, which features girl-power heroines confronting bad guys and the nature of the self. … Hitchcock-ian fun, full of deep questions to ponder.”— Kirkus Reviews "A suspense-filled mystery that starts off with exploring Miranda’s middle school life, then morphs into a science fiction bombshell!”— Erika Lewis, TV producer/writer and author of Game Of Shadows, Tor Books “Full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing and gasping until the end!” — Eric Walters, award-winning author of over 100 books for children “A carefully crafted and suspenseful tale, as thought provoking, as it is engaging.”— Perry Nodelman, children’s book author and recipient of the 2015 International Brothers Grimm Award for research in children’s literature

Daniel's Story Novel Units Student Packet

release date: Jul 15, 2019
Daniel's Story Novel Units Student Packet
Daniel, whose family suffers as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, describes his imprisonment in a concentration camp and his eventual liberation.

Dear Canada: Footsteps In the Snow

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Dear Canada: Footsteps In the Snow
Isobel thinks that she and her family will find their fortune in Canada. But Isobel's mother dies before they even cross the ocean, and other misfortunes follow their every step. Isobel's family and the other Selkirk Settlers, caught in the fur-trading rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company, cannot even start to build when they do reach their destination. The harsh climate, and escalating threats against the settlers, make it impossible to start a new life. Only through perserverance and help from the local Cree band are Isobel and her family finally able to put down roots in the Red River Valley.

A Time for Giving

release date: Sep 01, 2015
A Time for Giving
Featuring stories from nine outstanding Canadian authors, this anthology is the perfect Christmas gift for Dear Canada readers, both old and new! A Time for Giving includes ten tales of Christmas, following the most recent Dear Canada diarists "the Christmas after" their diary ends. Johanna Leary is reunited with her brother after they were separated at Grosse-Île; Mary Kobayashi spends a second Christmas at a Japanese internment camp; Rose Rabinowitz finds some surprising challenges in her new country, and many more! A Special Gift is a story from Ojibwe writer Ruby Slipperjack to preview her upcoming Dear Canada (coming in Fall 2016!), set the winter before the diarist is sent to Residential School. Contributors include Jean Little (Exiles from the War and All Fall Down), Barbara Haworth- Attard (To Stand on My Own), Sarah Ellis (That Fatal Night), Susan Aihoshi (Torn Apart), Norah McClintock (A Sea of Sorrows), Karleen Bradford (A Country of Our Own), Janet McNaughton (Flame and Ashes), Carol Matas (Pieces of the Past), and Ruby Slipperjack.

Dear Canada: A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Dear Canada: A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas
Featuring stories from nine outstanding Canadian authors, this anthology is the perfect Christmas gift for Dear Canada readers, both old and new! A Time for Giving includes ten tales of Christmas, following the most recent Dear Canada diarists "the Christmas after" their diary ends. Johanna Leary is reunited with her brother after they were separated at Grosse-Île; Mary Kobayashi spends a second Christmas at a Japanese internment camp; Rose Rabinowitz finds some surprising challenges in her new country, and many more! A Special Gift is a story from Ojibwe writer Ruby Slipperjack to preview her upcoming Dear Canada (coming in Fall 2016!), set the winter before the diarist is sent to Residential School. Contributors include Jean Little (Exiles from the War and All Fall Down), Barbara Haworth- Attard (To Stand on My Own), Sarah Ellis (That Fatal Night), Susan Aihoshi (Torn Apart), Norah McClintock (A Sea of Sorrows), Karleen Bradford (A Country of Our Own), Janet McNaughton (Flame and Ashes), Carol Matas (Pieces of the Past), and Ruby Slipperjack.

Tucson Jo

release date: May 01, 2014
Tucson Jo
Inspired by Tucson's first Jewish mayor, Tuscon Jo follows the clash between a father who is running for major of Tuscon in 1882, and his spirited fourtheen-year-old daughter.

Greater Than Angels

release date: Oct 01, 2013
Greater Than Angels
An unforgettable reminder of the resilience of human compassion, even in the face of the worst horrors of our history. In the autumn of 1940, Anna Hirsch and her friends and family are rounded up by Nazis and deported to Gurs, a refugee camp in the south of France. Food is scarce, and the living conditions inhumane. Even worse is the ever-present fear that they will be relocated once again -- this time to one of the death camps. But when word comes that Anna and the other children are to be moved, their destination is not Auschwitz or Buchenwald, but Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: a tiny village whose citizens have agreed to care for deported Jewish children. Based on the true story of a French village that banded together to protect the Jews during WWII, this unforgettable tale honours the contagious goodness that permeated one corner of a region otherwise enveloped in evil, and celebrates the courage of all those who put their lives at risk to save others.

Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past

release date: Feb 01, 2013
Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past
A young Jewish girl recounts her experiences during a horrifying time in recent history. As Rose begins her diary, she is in her third home since coming to Winnipeg. Traumatized by her experiences in the Holocaust, she struggles to connect with others, and above all, to trust again. When her new guardian, Saul, tries to get Rose to deal with what happened to her during the war, she begins writing in her diary about how she survived the murder of the Jews in Poland by going into hiding. Memories of herself and her mother being taken in by those willing to risk sheltering Jews, moving from place to place, being constantly on the run to escape capture, begin to flood her diary pages. Recalling those harrowing days, includingwhen they stumbled on a resistance cell deep in the forest and lived underground in filthy conditions, begins to take its toll on Rose. As she delves deeper into her past, she is haunted by the most terrifying memory of all. Will she find the courage to bear witness to her mother's ultimate sacrifice?

In My Enemy's House

release date: Feb 01, 2013
In My Enemy's House
I survived. Protected by the Nazis that killed my family. Could I ever forgive myself? Award-winning novelist Carol Matas brings readers into the heart of Nazi Germany with the harrowing story of Marisa, a Polish Jew whose blond hair and blue eyes make it easy for her to pass as a Christian. With the Nazis ready to herd the remaining Jews of her town into a ghetto, and with her family either scattered or dead, Marisa takes the papers of a Polish girl and goes to Germany in a desperate attempt to survive as a Polish worker. Marisa finds work as a servant for the Reymanns, a German family that treats her with respect. But she must never forget that Herr Reymann is a high-ranking Nazi. Marisa is hiding in plain sight in her enemy's house. This unflinching account of Marisa's dilemma as a Jew living a lie in order to survive will give readers a new perspective on the nature of good and evil, even as it touches their hearts.

Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles

release date: Sep 01, 2012
Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles
Twelve original holiday stories from the top children's writers in the country! What an incredible gift book for Dear Canada fans! The twelve stories in this treasury are set around Christmas time and feature the young girls from a dozen previous Dear Canada books. Readers will be thrilled to reconnect with their favourites and get a glimpse of each character's life a year or so after the events in the actual diary are over. Anyone new to the Dear Canada series will be introduced to characters so compelling, they'll want to read more.

Of Two Minds

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Of Two Minds
Follows the adventures of two royal teenagers who possess extraordinary mental powers.

Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember

release date: Sep 01, 2012
Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember
A wonderful seasonal anthology for Dear Canada readers, both old and new! A real treat for fans of this series, and all lovers of historical fiction! Eleven stories that each revisit a favourite character from books in the Dear Canada series are included in this special collection. These are completely original tales that stand alone as heartwarming Christmas stories, but also serve as a lovely "next chapter" to their original books. Each story is written by one of Canada's top award-winning writers for children, including Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, Maxine Trottier, Carol Matas and more. This collection is a lovely companion to A Season of Miracles, and will be treasured year after year at holiday time!

Sworn Enemies

release date: Oct 04, 2017
Sworn Enemies
Aaron and Zev have been protected from serving in the czar's army for very different reasons -- Aaron's father pays to keep his scholarly son free and Zev works as a khapper, kidnapping other poor, young Jewish boys to fulfill the czar's arm quotas. Zev's jealousy of Aaron turns to hate when he discovers that Miriam, the girl he loves, will be Aaron's future wife. Zev decides to rid himself of Aaron forever by turning him over to the czar's army, where few survive the forced labor. In this powerful novel set in the reign of Nicholas I in Russia, Carol Matas explores the complex issues of betrayal, faith and forgiveness. Winner of The Sydney Taylor Award, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Canadian Library Association Notable book, Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of Social Studies by NCSS, U.S.

Dear Canada: Turned Away

release date: Sep 01, 2012
Dear Canada: Turned Away
This dramatic story tells of 11-year-old Devorah's efforts to help her cousin and pen pal Sarah emigrate from Paris before the Nazis deport the Jews to internment camps. Devorah learns that 5,000 Jewish children in France have visas to leave the country, but the Canadian government will not let them in, leading Devorah to desperately lobby the government to change its policies. Turned Away illustrates the restrictions on the life of Jews in Paris via letters from Sarah who is living in German-occupied France. It also reveals Canada's dismal record on Jewish immigration during World War II and depicts the impact of the war in Canada. In Winnipeg, one intriguing response to the war was "If Day," when local people posed as Nazis and staged a mock invasion to illustrate what it would be like if the city was occupied. Also included are fascinating period documents and photographs, many from the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The historical consultants for Turned Away were Dr. Irving Abella, co-author of the ground-breaking book None is Too Many, and Terry Copp, author of the remarkable book No Price Too High.

Far

release date: Aug 01, 2008
Far
While on vacation near a university with a division for psychic testing, Jade hopes to discover what her powers mean but cannot shake the feeling that her boyfriend, Jon, may be in danger back home.

A Meeting of Minds

release date: Feb 12, 2016
A Meeting of Minds
Lenora and Coren journey to Winnipeg to meet Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman! Suddenly transported against their will, the Princess Lenora and her fiance, Prince Coren, find themselves in a strange place-bone-chilling cold and snow outside, garish marketplaces and angry people inside. The inhabitants call it the city of Winnipeg. Lenora and Coren, however, have no idea where it is or whyhey are there. They can't return home because, yet again their imaginative powers have deserted them. The Winnipeggers refuse to believe Lenora and Coren are who they say they are. Strangely enough, though, they have read about Lenora and Coren in a series of fantasy novels by the authors Carol M. and Perry N. But just who created whom, Lenora and Coren wonder. And how will they ever manage to escape this frightening city, worse than their worst nightmare, so that their long-awaited wedding can finally take place?"

More Minds

release date: Feb 12, 2016
More Minds
Things sure are wrong, and Lenora wants to right them. The headstrong princess craves an adventure, and defeating the giant who has appeared up north would be a great one. The trouble is, no one will let her help. They want her to stay behind and plan her wedding to Prince Coren of Andilla, but Lenora has absolutely no use for color schemes or pew ribbons. Using the power to create whatever she imagines -- an ability that all Gepethians have, but have agreed not to use -- Lenora imagines a duplicate of herself (a duplicate who cares about pew ribbons) to stay at home, while she sets off on her mission. Quickly, Lenora realizes that the giant is just a symptom of a larger problem, and as she is joined by Coren and both of their duplicates, her adventure spirals out of control.

Out of Their Minds

release date: Feb 12, 2016
Out of Their Minds
Lenora and Coren are finally getting married at the court of Andilla, Coren's homeland, where everyone lives in their imagination. There's just one problem: The Andillans' powers aren't working, and clearly the wedding can't proceed when the sacred Balance is so out of whack. For the headstrong Lenora, this means a new adventure. She and a reluctant Coren head into the Andillan countryside, where they come across the Skwoes, who have absolutely no imagination whatsoever. Are they responsible for the Andillans' loss of power? Whatever the source, the problems are getting worse: Now even Lenora's ability to make her thoughts real is failing. What is more, Lenora has been having a series of nightmares about the evil Hevak. Something has to be done before all of the people in two kingdoms are completely out of their minds.

Lisa's War

release date: Aug 27, 2007
Lisa's War
During the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Lisa and other teenage Jews become involved in an underground resistance movement and eventually must flee for their lives.

Visions

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Visions
Realizing that her dreams have become actual predictions of things that will be, Jane begins to panic when she witnesses the death of someone close to her in her slumber and is left with very little time to figure out who the culprit is before it comes to fruition in the very near future. Original.

Code Name Kris

release date: Aug 27, 2007
Code Name Kris
After the Nazi occupation of Denmark forces his Jewish friends to flee the country, seventeen-year-old Jesper continues his work in the underground resistance movement. Sequel to "Lisa's War."

The Lost Locket

release date: Jan 01, 2014
The Lost Locket
Carol Matas' contemporary classic gets a bright new cover! On the anniversary of her great-grandmother's birthday, Sarah is given a family heirloom: her great-grandmother's locket. She convinces her mother she won't lose it if she wears it to school. But then the unthinkable happens -- someone steals her locket! Can Sarah and her friends get it back before her mother finds out? The Lost Locket explores the timeless themes of responsibility and bullying in a striking new package sure to attract the next generation of young readers.

Jesper

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Jesper
The riveting sequel to the award-winning Lisa. This sequel to the award-winning Lisa focuses on seventeen-year-old Jesper's involvement in the Danish resistance during the final months of World War II.The Nazi occupation of Denmark has forced his Jewish friends to flee the country, and Jesper has had to grow up quickly. He has seen others betrayed and killed.As a freedom fighter he has learned to fire a rifle, commit an act of sabotage and kill an enemy soldier. If he is caught, he will be tortured and killed. Jesper may be afraid of dying - but he will never give up.

Rosie in Los Angeles

release date: Feb 01, 2004
Rosie in Los Angeles
After an incident renders one of the cast's best trick riders unavailable, Rosie decides to volunteer for the position so that her father may film his movie, but learning the moves won't be easy with annoying Zach as her teacher.

Rosie in New York City

release date: Jun 01, 2003
Rosie in New York City
When Mama falls ill and Papa invests all of the family's savings into the nickelodeon business, eleven-year-old Rosie Lepidus takes her mother's place sewing sleeves at a shirtwaist factory, and standing in the local union's picket lines.

Sparks Fly Upward

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Sparks Fly Upward
In 1910, when a family of Russian Jews moves from Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, Canada, twelve-year-old Rebecca must live with Christians temporarily and struggles with anti-Semitism, confusion about God, and changing relationships with family and friends.

The Edge of When

release date: Feb 01, 2012
The Edge of When
When 12-year-old Rebecca witnesses a kidnapping and finds herself transported into a terrifying world of the future, she not only must find her way home but also must discover how to alter the course of history. Original.

The War Within

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The War Within
In 1862, after Union forces expel Hannah's family from Holly Springs, Mississippi, because they are Jews, Hannah reexamines her views regarding slavery and the war.
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