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Harvey Holds His Own

by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Tara Anderson
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: dogs, adolescence, self-esteem & self-reliance, post-confederation (1867-)

Governor General’s Award finalist Harvey Holds His Own delivers another satisfying story of heart, perseverance, and one incredible little dog, now in a new paperback format.

Harvey, the West Highland Terrier hero of Harvey Comes Home, is back with his beloved Maggie. He is also back at Brayside retirement home, where he and Maggie now volunteer a …

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Harvey Takes the Lead

by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Tara Anderson
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: dogs, self-esteem & self-reliance, adolescence, post-confederation (1867-)

The award-winning Harvey Stories are back with a new story of acceptance, understanding, and the loving comfort of everyone’s favourite Westie.

There’s nothing quite like the loving companionship of a loyal dog. When Harvey’s status as Brayside’s comfort dog comes into question, the elderly residents are quick to stand up for him.

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Step

by Deborah Ellis, read by Samantha Quan
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: short stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, adolescence

In this powerful collection of short stories, children around the world turn eleven and take a step into their futures. Each one is changed in ways both big and small.

Annoyed at having to walk his sister’s dog on his birthday, Connor heads into an undeveloped subdivision, where he comes across chilling evidence of a stranger’s unhappiness. A gi …

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Decoding Dot Grey

by Nicola Davison
edition: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: adolescence

A heartfelt YA coming-of-age novel set in an animal shelter from the award-winning author of In the Wake, exploring grief, first love, and growing pains. Eighteen-year-old Dot Grey doesn’t hate people; she’s just not especially fond of their company. It’s 1997, and she’s just left home in favour of a dank, cold basement, where she lives wit …

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Be My Love

by Kit Pearson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: lgbt, adolescence, depression & mental illness

One summer will change everything.

For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family.

This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mai …

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