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I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis, read by Raffael Ponce-Valencia
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback Hardcover eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, violence, caribbean & latin america

Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government's war on drugs and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession.

Diego's parents are loc …


The Magic Beads

by Susin Nielsen, illustrated by Genevieve Cote
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: school & education, violence, imagination & play, physical & emotional abuse, homelessness & poverty

It's seven-year-old Lillian's first day at a new school, and she's got butterflies in her tummy. When she learns she has to bring something for Show and Tell at the end of the week, her butterflies turn into grasshoppers. Lillian and her mother have just moved away from Lillian's abusive father and into a family shelter, leaving behind all of their …


War Stories

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: military & wars, multigenerational, violence

A story of telling truth from lies -- and finding out what being a hero really means.


There are two things Trevor loves more than anything else: playing war-based video games, and his great-grandfather Jacob, who is a true-blue, bona fide war hero. At the height of the war, Jacob helped liberate a small French village, and was given a hero's welcom …


The Big Bad Wolf in My House

by Valérie Fontaine, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, translated by Shelley Tanaka
edition: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: physical & emotional abuse, emotions & feelings, sexual abuse, violence

A young girl describes what it’s like when her mom’s new friend comes to stay — a moving story about domestic violence that ends on a hopeful note.

The young girl tells us that her mom’s new friend is just like the big bad wolf. At first the wolf is sweet and kind to her mom, though the girl notices the wolf’s cold eyes from the very begin …


Yara's Spring

by Jamal Saeed & Sharon E. McKay
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: middle east, emigration & immigration, violence

Coming of age against all odds in the midst of the Arab Spring.

Growing up in Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once h …


On the News Read-Along

Our First Talk About Tragedy

read by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
edition: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: law & crime, violence

On the News gently introduces young children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy. In age-appropriate language and tone, Dr. Roberts explains what tragedy is, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings. She also emphasizes the good that can come out of tragedy, looking at how people help one …


The Chief


by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: native canadian, violence, boys & men, historical, canada, pre-confederation (to 1867)

On her way to school one day, Sarah is relieved to find the book she’d dropped the day before – shortly after an encounter with a bear. But when she opens it, the story within, about the Cree chief Mistahimaskwa, comes alive. It takes Sarah back to the Saskatchewan Plains of 1832, where the young boy who would become the great chief first learn …

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