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Dancing Naked

by Shelley Hrdlitschka
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: pregnancy, self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship

Kia is sixteen and pregnant. Her world crumbles as she attempts to come to terms with the life growing inside her and what she must do. Initially convinced that abortion is her only option, Kia comes to understand that for her, the answers are not always black and white. As the pregnancy progresses, Kia discovers who her real friends are and where …

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Out of the Ashes

A Shelby Belgarden Mystery

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, law & crime, girls & women

Short-listed for the 2003 Red Maple Award and Arthur Ellis Award for best Juvenile Book, commended for the 2003 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Shelby Belgarden isn’t exactly thrilled when people start thinking Greg is her boyfriend. After all, she’s more interested in the athletic Nick Jarvis. But one day Greg suddenly …

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Dancing in the Dust

A novel

by Kagiso Lesego Molope
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: literary, coming of age

It is the turbulent 1980s in apartheid South Africa, when even the ordinary life is full of danger and uncertainty. What will tomorrow bring? Tihelo, a thirteen-year-old girl, lives with her older sister Keitumetse and their mother Kgomotso. Kgomotso works as a maid for a white household in the city and has to depend on the neighbours to keep an ey …

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Sticks and Stones

by Beth Goobie
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Jujube is thrilled when Brent asks her out.

She is not so happy when the rumors start flying at school. Pretty soon her name is showing up on bathroom walls and everyone is whispering behind her back. When her mother gets involved, Jujube's reputation takes another hit. Deciding that someone has to take a stand, Jujube gathers all the other girls wh …

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Death Wind

by William Bell
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: survival stories, pregnancy, runaways

Allie's life has just taken a turn for the worse; not only do her parents fight all the time, but she is failing more classes than not and now she thinks she might be pregnant. Unable to face up to her parents she decides to run away. She hooks up with her old friend Razz, a professional skateboarder, and goes on the road. Razz is ranked number on …

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Hope's War

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: multigenerational, loners & outcasts, prejudice & racism

Short-listed for the 2004 Rocky Mountain Book Award and for the 2003 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and long-listed for the 2002 CBC Canada Reads People’s Choice Book
Kataryna Baliuk, a gifted fine arts student, is hoping to have a fresh start at Cawthra School for the Arts after a less-than-successful year at the neighbouring Catholic h …

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