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The Acting Bug

by Kathryn Ellis
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: television & radio, girls & women, friendship

TV stardom – fame, fortune, and Hollywood! It’s the chance of a lifetime for Kate Merriman when she lands a small role in a new TV series called Backbeat.

But it’s less fun when Kate finds out her best friend Maria has turned down the part she’s been offered in the show. They’re always there for each other. How can Kate succeed when Maria …

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Slash

by Jeannette Armstrong
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: canada, aboriginal & indigenous

Slash is Jeannette Armstrong's first novel. It poignantly traces the struggles, pain and alienation of a young Okanagan man who searches for truth and meaning in his life. Recognized as an important work of literature, Slash is used in high schools, colleges and universities.

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Eating Between The Lines

by Kevin Major
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: parents, contemporary

Set in Newfoundland, Eating Between the Lines, is the story of Jackson, an adolescent, plagued with some very adolescent problems at home and at school.  His parents' marriage seems to have reached a low point, and he is infatuated with Sarah, a new girl at school who isn't taking him too seriously.  Other broader social issues perplex him too.  Wh …

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The King's Daughter

by Suzanne Martel
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 15
  • Grade: 5 to 10
tagged: canada

Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award

Jeanne Chatel has always dreamed of adventure. So when the eighteen-year-old orphan is summoned to sail from France to the wilds of North America to become a king's daughter and marry a French settler, she doesn't hesitate.

Her new husband is not the dashing military man she has dreamed of, but a trapper with two sma …

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Cowboys Don't Quit

by Marilyn Halvorson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: coming of age

In Cowboys Don't Cry, Shane and dad finally settled in to a new life on a ranch in Deer Valley, Alberta. They'd been through some rough times after Shane's mother died in a car accident and his father was drinking too much. But all that was behind them and they were getting along fine together. Or so Shane thought.

Now, in Cowboys Don't Quit, his da …

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The Thirteenth Summer

by Jose Luis Olaizola, translated by Susan Ouriou
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: europe, coming of age, parents

Runner-up for the John Glassco Literary Translation Prize

This lesurely coming-of-age novel won Spain's Ateneo de Sevilla Award for Fiction in 1976.

Set in the coastal city of San Sebastian during the summer of 1942, this evocative tale of a young boy trying to make sense of the adult world is beautifully written. Planicio's mother is dead and his f …

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Flight

by Connie Brummel Crook
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: survival stories, general (see also headings under social themes), values & virtues

George Waltermyer is left behind to care for the family farm while his mother and six brothers and sisters go to New York to find their father, Hans Waltermyer. He has been leading dangerous missions for the British as the American Revolutionary War heats up.

But George decides he just can't let them go alone, and so he heads through the wilderness …

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Up to Low

by Brian Doyle
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 13
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: friendship, canada

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award

Young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium-shaped eyes, discover that living, healing and dying are not always what they seem. And they make that discovery with the help of a wonderful cast of characters, including Crazy Mickey, Frank and the Hummer.

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