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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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Living With Viola

by Rosena Fung
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, self-esteem & self-reliance

Heartbreakingly honest and quietly funny, this graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.

Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school—and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that on …

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A Plan for Pops

by Heather Smith, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: multigenerational, lgbt, imagination & play, depression & mental illness

"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple." —Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful and uplifting book." —School Library Journal

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in  hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and des …

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Sara and the Search for Normal

by Wesley King
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, depression & mental illness, friendship

“It’s the vivid, insightful depiction of Sara’s internal struggles that readers will remember.” —Booklist
In this prequel to the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, fan-favorite Sara quests for “normal” and finds something even better along the way.

Sara’s Rules to Be Normal
1. Stop taking your pills
19. Make a friend
137. Don’t put m …

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Birdspell

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, parents, birds

Corbin Hayes has felt alone for as long as he can remember. His mom’s illness means lost jobs, constant moves, new schools and friendships that never get to grow. There’s a gap in his life that’s been waiting to be filled.

So, when a classmate offers Corbin the talking bird she can no longer keep, he’s stoked.

But when things begin to spira …

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Chick: Lister

by Alex Van Tol
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, parents, school & education

Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations—or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety for him, which he copes with by making lists. He itemizes every aspect of his life, from his daily routine to the things that make him nervous …

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The King of Jam Sandwiches

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, depression & mental illness

“Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the mid …

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