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Lies My Memory Told Me

by Sacha Wunsch
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, parents, coming of age

From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them.

Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn any skill instantly, travel the world fr …

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Hunting by Stars

(A Marrow Thieves Novel)

by Cherie Dimaline
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: dystopian, prejudice & racism, aboriginal & indigenous

The thrilling follow-up to the bestselling, award-winning novel The Marrow Thieves, about a dystopian world where the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow and ability to dream.

Years ago, when plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are h …

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The Starlight Claim

by Tim Wynne-Jones
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Audiobook (CD)
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: survival stories, thrillers & suspense, canada

Fast-paced, evocative, and intensely suspenseful, Tim Wynne-Jones’s latest psychological thriller finds a teenager setting his wits against the frigid wilderness and a menacing crew of escapees.

Four months after his best friend, Dodge, disappeared near their families’ camp in a boat accident, Nate is still haunted by nightmares. He’d been pla …

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The Delusionist

by Don Calame
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance, theater & musicals

Quinn’s illusions are as good as those in any Vegas act—but can he win a spot at a prestigious magic camp despite an upstaging partner, a cute rival, and a con-artist mentor?

Fifteen-year-old Quinn Purcell wants only one thing: to win a coveted spot at the Masters of Magic Fantasy Camp. But the competition is stiff, including Dani Darling, an i …

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River Mermaid

by Christy Goerzen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: art, death & dying, parents

Mercedes lives for art. Her mother is a famous sculptor, and since she was a small child Mercedes has dreamed of following in her mother's footsteps. But it's hard living in the shadow of a legend. And when Mercedes's application at a prestigious art school is rejected, she is devastated and walks away from her art.

Try as she does, she finds it ha …

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Under the Iron Bridge

by Kathy Kacer
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: holocaust, europe, prejudice & racism

It’s 1938 in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Paul is feeling pressured to join the Hitler Youth. The last thing he wants to do is march around with a bunch of bullies, supporting the Gestapo and abusing the city’s Jews, but even Paul’s parents think he should go along with his classmates in order to keep himself safe.

Just when he’s starting to des …

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Lessons In Fusion

A Novel

by Primrose Madayag Knazan
edition: Paperback
tagged: diversity & multicultural

Sixteen-year-old Sarah (it's pronounced SAH-rah, thank you) has a successful blog creating fusion recipes. When Sarah is invited to compete on Cyber Chef, a virtual cooking competition that soars in popularity at the height of the pandemic, her twists on her Baba's recipes are not enough to pique the palate of the show's producers. She is pushed to …

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I Hope You're Listening

by Tom Ryan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, lgbt, mysteries & detective stories

2021 Lambda Literary Award - LGBTQ Mystery

In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia "Dee" Skinner is known as the girl who wasn't taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt …

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When Villains Rise

by Rebecca Schaeffer
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: dark fantasy

Dextermeets Victoria Schwab in this dark and compelling fantasy about a girl who is determined to take down the black market once and for all in the conclusion to the trilogy that started with the critically acclaimedNot Even Bones.

Nita finally has Fabricio, the boy who betrayed her to the black market, within her grasp. But when proof that Kovit …

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