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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Shetterly, Margot Lee (Author)
Freeman, Laura (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2018. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Biography, Black history, careers, civil rights, mathematics, NASA, overcoming adversity, perseverance, resilience, science, space travel, women’s rights
 
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Ungifted

Korman, Gordon (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2014. 264 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abilities, acceptance, community, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, individuality, mischief, multiple voices, perseverance, school life
 
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A Blinding Light

Lawson, Julie (Author)
Nimbus 2017. 264 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Boats, community, courage, family life, friendship, Halifax, Halifax explosion, historical fiction, loss, perseverance, social classes, survival, World War I
 
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The Red Hat

Teague, David (Author)
Portis, Antoinette (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Buildings, companionship, determination, friendship, kites, neighbours, perseverance, problem-solving, wind
 
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A Stranger at Home

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Amini-Holmes, Liz (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2011. 124 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, courage, family life, first-person narration, Indigenous peoples, Inuit, loneliness, memoir, perseverance, residential schools, resilience
 
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Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance

Wallace, Ian (Author/Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 1992. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anxiety, China, Chinese culture, Chinese New Year, dragons, fear of failure, intergenerational relationships, perseverance, self-acceptance
 
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The Magic Bojabi Tree

Hofmeyr, Dianne (Author)
Grobler, Piet (Illustrator)
Quarto 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Africa, African animals, African folk tales, droughts, hunger, perseverance, recurrent language, trees
 
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Stella by Starlight

Draper, Sharon M. (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 328 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1930s, African Americans, American history, Black history, civil rights, depressions (economic), family life, perseverance, prejudice, segregation, voting rights, writing
 
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Out of My Mind

Draper, Sharon M. (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2012. 312 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cerebral palsy, communication, family life, first-person narration, friendship, health, inclusion, loneliness, overcoming adversity, perseverance, physical disabilities, school life
 
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The Theory of Hummingbirds

Kadarusman, Michelle (Author)
Pajama Press 2017. 160 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, courage, determination, first-person narration, friendship, hummingbirds, libraries, perseverance, physical disabilities, races, recovery, school life
 
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Fatty Legs: A True Story

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Amini-Holmes, Liz (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2010. 106 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abuse, acceptance, courage, curiosity, illustrations (photographs), Indigenous peoples, Inuit, learning to read, loneliness, memoir, perseverance, residential schools, resilience
 
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The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

Ellis, Deborah (Author)
Tanaka, Shelley (Author)
Twomey, Nora (Author)
Groundwood Books 2018. 80 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Afghanistan, children’s rights, discrimination, education, female protagonist, gender roles, justice, oppression, perseverance, political regimes, religions, responsibility, social justice, survival, war
 
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Starry Messenger

Sís, Peter (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2012. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Astronomy, Galileo Galilei, inventions, non-traditional text layout, persecution, perseverance, religions, science, telescopes
 
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Wolf in the Snow

Cordell, Matthew (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2017. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Compassion, determination, empathy, family life, human-animal relationships, lost and found, perseverance, snow, survival, wolves, wordless book
 
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The Gargoyle in My Yard

Dowding, Philippa (Author)
Napoleon 2009. 114 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Empathy, family life, fantasy, gargoyles, inclusion, perseverance
 
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Clementine

Pennypacker, Sara (Author)
Frazee, Marla (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2008. 138 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, differences, family life, friendship, humour, individuality, perseverance, school life, self-esteem
 
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The King of Kazoo

Feuti, Norm (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2016. 206 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Courage, empathy, humour, illustrations (cartoon), inventions, kindness, kings, leaders, perseverance, responsibility, self-esteem
 
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Leo the Late Bloomer

Kraus, Robert (Author)
Aruego, Jose (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1994. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, differences, expectations, learning to read, overcoming adversity, patience, perseverance, tigers
 
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1977. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adaptations, friendship, machines, perseverance, personification, survival
 
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The Snowman’s Wish

van Straaten, Harmen (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, friendship, loneliness, perseverance, resilience, snowmen, teasing, toys
 
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The Breadwinner

Ellis, Deborah (Author)
Groundwood Books 2001. 174 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Afghanistan, children’s rights, discrimination, education, female protagonist, gender roles, justice, oppression, perseverance, political regimes, religions, responsibility, social justice, survival, war
 
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Pax

Pennypacker, Sara (Author)
Klassen, Jon (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2016. 278 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Family life, foxes, friendship, human-animal relationships, illustrations (monochrome), kindness, loss, love, perseverance, pets, survival, war
 
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A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream

Dempsey, Kristy (Author)
Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: 1950s, African Americans, ballerinas, ballet, dance, determination, inspiration, Janet Collins, overcoming adversity, perseverance, racism
 
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Leo the Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue

Hatkoff, Isabella (Author)
Hatkoff, Craig (Author)
Hatkoff, Juliana (Author)
Scholastic 2010. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Animal rescue, endangered animals, illustrations (photographs), international cooperation, Pakistan, perseverance, snow leopards, survival, wildlife conservation, zoos
 
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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Leatherdale, Mary Beth (Author)
Shakespeare, Eleanor (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2017. 64 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Boat people, children, economic disparity, identity, interviews, migration, multigenre, multimodal, persecution, perseverance, personal history, pirates, refugees, rescue, survival, war
 
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Binky the Space Cat

Spires, Ashley (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2009. 64 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, cats, creativity, graphic tale, humour, outer space, perseverance, quests, responsibility
 
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Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon

Kuhlmann, Torben (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2016. 124 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Ambitions, engineering, exploration, innovations, inventions, mice, moon, perseverance, space travel
 
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What Do You Do With an Idea?

Yamada, Kobi (Author)
Besom, Mae (Illustrator)
Compendium 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Confidence, creativity, first-person narration, inspiration, overcoming adversity, perseverance
 
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Roller Girl

Jamieson, Victoria (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 240 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Friendship, gender roles, identity, mentors, mothers and daughters, perseverance, role models, roller derby, self-esteem, teamwork
 
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The Skeleton Tree

Lawrence, Iain (Author)
Tundra Books 2016. 282 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Accidents, Alaska, friendship, nature, overcoming adversity, perseverance, rescue, resilience, sailing, survival, tragedy, wilderness
 
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A Salmon for Simon

Waterton, Betty (Author)
Blades, Ann (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Compassion, determination, fish, hunting, Indigenous peoples, perseverance, salmon
 
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Gretzky’s Game

Leonetti, Mike (Author)
Banning, Greg (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Determination, dreams, hockey, narrative non-fiction, perseverance, sports, Wayne Gretzky
 
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Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird

Copeland, Misty (Author)
Myers, Christopher (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, ballerinas, ballet, dancing, dreams, illustrations (collage), perseverance, second-person narration, stories in verse
 
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In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up

Kulling, Monica (Author)
Parkins, David (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Inventions, inventors, machines, Margaret Knight, overcoming adversity, perseverance, women
 
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Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole

Hopkinson, Deborah (Author)
Alcorn, Stephen (Illustrator)
Peachtree Publishers 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, exploration, Matthew Henson, narrative non-fiction, North Pole, perseverance
 
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The Dot

Reynolds, Peter H. (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Art, creativity, dots, drawing, perseverance, self-confidence, self-expression
 
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The Boy in Number Four

Kootstra, Kara (Author)
Thomson, Regan (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House Canada 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Bobby Orr, Canadians, hockey, perseverance, stories in rhyme
 
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The Bambino and Me

Hyman, Zachary (Author)
Pullen, Zachary (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2014. 48 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: 1920s, Babe Ruth, baseball, heroes, New York City, perseverance, self-confidence
 
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Trombone Shorty

Andrews, Troy (Author)
Collier, Bryan (Illustrator)
Abrams 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: City life, jazz, music, musicians, perseverance, Troy Andrews
 
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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Beaty, Andrea (Author)
Roberts, David (Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Creativity, engineering, innovations, intergenerational relationships, inventors, perseverance, stories in rhyme
 
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The Most Magnificent Thing

Spires, Ashley (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: City life, creativity, frustration, inventions, neighbours, perseverance
 
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Secondary
 
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The Green Bicycle

Al Mansour, Haifaa (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 348 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Assertiveness, bicycles, children’s rights, cultures, determination, perseverance, Saudi Arabia, women’s rights
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be

Sutcliffe, Jane (Author)
Shelley, John (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Architecture, art history, creativity, Italy, Michelangelo, narrative non-fiction, perseverance, sculptures
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Shackleton’s Journey

Grill, William (Author/Illustrator)
Nobrow Press 2014. 72 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton, expeditions, exploration, illustrations (pencil), perseverance, South Pole, survival
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Ada Twist, Scientist

Beaty, Andrea (Author)
Roberts, David (Illustrator)
Abrams 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Curiosity, inventors, mischief, perseverance, questions, science, science experiments, stories in rhyme
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Barton, Chris (Author)
Tate, Don (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, engineering, inventions, inventors, Lonnie Johnson, overcoming adversity, perseverance, toys
 
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Elementary
Secondary
 
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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar

Richards, Keith (Author)
Harris, Barnaby (Author)
Shapiro, Bill (Author)
Richards, Theodora (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2014. 36 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Inspiration, intergenerational relationships, Keith Richards, memoir, musicians, perseverance
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar

Kleist, Reinhard (Author/Illustrator)
SelfMadeHero 2016. 152 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Civil war, courage, gender equality, graphic biography, immigration, Olympic Games, perseverance, refugees, Samia Yusuf Omar, Somalia, sports, terrorism, tragedy
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Mr. George Baker

Hest, Amy (Author)
Muth, Jon J. (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, first-person narration, illustrations (watercolours), intergenerational relationships, learning to read, old age, perseverance, poetic language
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

Rosenstock, Barb (Author)
Schindler, S.D. (Illustrator)
Boyds Mills Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Alliteration, Benjamin Franklin, inventions, inventors, perseverance, scientific method, swimming
 
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