New Release Books by Carol Matas

Carol Matas is the author of Who's Looking? (2022), Past Crimes (2020), A Struggle for Hope (2021), Cloning Miranda (2016), Dear Canada: Footsteps In the Snow (2016) and other 99 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.

Past Crimes

release date: Jun 22, 2020
Past Crimes
A short, fast-paced thriller with a paranormal twist. “Shema Israel, Adonai Elohanu, Adonai Ehad.” I sat up in bed, the words of the dream still echoing in my mind. I hadn’t understood them then, but I remembered them completely now. It was a prayer—the prayer Jews are most likely to say when dying. After the shocking murder of her husband, Ros and her baby relocate to her childhood home to live with her parents. Palm Springs, California—full of sunlight, small and safe—should be the perfect place to bring up a child. But things are not always as they appear. Soon, an unexpected tragedy sets a dangerous series of events into motion. Someone, it seems, is out to get Ros. As she struggles to uncover the identity of her mysterious enemy, Ros finds herself looking for answers in the most unusual places. Could the attacks have something to do with her increasingly disturbing dreams? And how many people close to her need to get hurt before she figures it out?

A Struggle for Hope

release date: Oct 05, 2021
A Struggle for Hope
A gripping story of survival and hope from acclaimed author Carol Matas. 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

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.

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.

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?

Of Two Minds

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

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.

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: 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.

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!

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.

I Am Canada: Behind Enemy Lines

release date: Jan 01, 2012
I Am Canada: Behind Enemy Lines
A young WWII gunner from the Prairies sees the horrors of war firsthand when he is captured by the Gestapo. Eighteen-year-old Sam Frederiksen has come a long way from the Prairies. Trained to be a gunner in a Lancaster bomber during WWII, he is shot down over France. Battered and bruised, he does survive, and joins forces with the French Resistance... only to be betrayed by one of its members. He and other flyers from various Allied countries are rounded up by the Gestapo and held in Fresnes prison just outside of Paris. Treated as spies, rather than POWs, these men are beaten, some tortured — then sent to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in eastern Germany. It is here, in these wretched conditions, that Sam witnesses the darkest side of humanity — gas chambers, torture and starvation. Yet it is also here that he comes to understand the true resilience and unfathomable courage of the victims. Author Carol Matas has won numerous awards for her previous novels about the Holocaust. Behind Enemy Lines is partially based on a true incident from WWII, in which 168 Allied airmen were captured and sent to Buchenwald. Twenty-six of these men were Canadian.

More Minds

release date: Oct 04, 2017
More Minds
Originally published: New York: Scholastic Inc., 1996.

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.

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.

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?"

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.

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.

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: Gotcha!

release date: Jun 01, 2003
Rosie in New York City: Gotcha!
When Mama falls ill and Papa invests all the family''s money in a new business, 11-year-old Rosie Lepidus must go to work in a garment factory and soon gets involved in union activities.

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.
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