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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 …


The Comeback

by Alex O'Brien
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: soccer, emotions & feelings, depression & mental illness

On the surface, fourteen-year-old Chris is pretty average, playing hockey and having friends. But underneath it all, Chris is depressed, full of self-blame and negative thoughts. He quits his hockey team, feeling he has let them down, but his doctor suggests that he should pick up another sport. Chris starts playing soccer, and the positive benefit …


Sara and the Search for Normal

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

“Readers will appreciate [Sara] as good literary company even as they develop sympathy for her struggles.” —BCCB
“It’s the vivid, insightful depiction of Sara’s internal struggles that readers will remember.” —Booklist
“A must-buy.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
In this prequel to the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, …


The Stars from Me to You

by Nicole Bea
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: depression & mental illness

In a coma after being hit by a truck while riding his bike, thirteen-year-old Rion is stuck in Limbo—a vast and empty solar system of planets and stars somewhere between Heaven and the not so good Heaven. His twin sister Bellamie may be the only one who can rescue him, but to do that she has to learn the truth about The Accident. With the help of …


My Beautiful Birds

by Suzanne Del Rizzo
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: middle east, emotions & feelings, birds, depression & mental illness, homelessness & poverty


A New York Times Notable Children’s Books selection. The moving story of one boy’s refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War and the birds who help him on the road to emotional healing

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills t …


The Elephant

illustrated by Peter Carnavas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, multigenerational, elephants, emotions & feelings

A jewel of a middle-grade novel about a resilient little girl who longs for her dad to break free from the elephant of his depression.

When Olive’s dad drags himself to work in the morning, the elephant goes with him. When he comes home again, so does the elephant. It’s always there, heavy and silent, casting a shadow of sadness over him. Olive …

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