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The BFF List

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 8 to 100
  • Grade: 3 to 17
tagged: teen books, 49thkids, friendship, ya, middle grade
New books for teens and young readers about the challenges and rewards of friendship. And yes, the drama too, which always makes for good reading.

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

by Jonathan Auxier
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, friendship, orphans & foster homes

A brand-new novel by one of today's most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heart-rending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Ele …

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Surviving the City

by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: canada, aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women

Tasha Spillett’s graphic novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, colonialism, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape – they’re so close, they even completed …

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Bright Shining Moment

by Deb Loughead
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, post-confederation (1867-)

Aline hides under the hay when her father takes her to school in their horse-drawn sled. She’s embarrassed that her mother raises chickens in their yard, and doesn’t want her school friends to find out that their family has taken in boarders for the extra money.

When she learns that her sworn enemy, Jeanine, can buy chewing gum, Aline is furious …

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Dodger Boy

by Sarah Ellis
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: adolescence, friendship, lgbt

In 1970 Vancouver, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her best friend, Dawn, are keen to avoid the pitfalls of adolescence. Couldn’t they just skip teenhood altogether, along with its annoying behaviors – showing off just because you have a boyfriend, obsessing about marriage and a ring and matching dining-room furniture? Couldn’t one just learn …

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The Thing You're Good At

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: emigration & immigration, parents, prejudice & racism

Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the …

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Almost Invisible

by Maureen Garvie
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 13
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty, runaways

Thirteen-year-old Jewel has been holding her life together ever since her older sister, Charmaine, suddenly left home with no forwarding address. She tried to find Charmaine once, but that only brought her family to the attention of the police. Now Jewel keeps her head down at school, looks after her special-needs brother as well as she can, tries …

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The Princess Dolls

by Ellen Schwartz, illustrated by Mariko Ando
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
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Vancouver, 1942. When best friends Esther and Michiko spot the beautiful Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret dolls — in vogue at the time — in the local toy store window, they long to get the dolls for their shared birthday. But when Esther receives the doll and Michiko doesn't, their friendship starts to unravel.

The story is set against …

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Talking to the Moon

by Jan L Coates
edition: Paperback
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Deep roots. Last year in Social Studies, Miss Matattall got us to draw our family trees. Mine was the only one with no roots and just one full branch for me, plus a half branch for Moonbeam. Because maybe she's already dead, and that's why she didn't come back to get me.

Katie Dupuis Pearson wants to find her real mother; her only clues are her Lav …