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War of the Eagles

by Eric Walters
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: military & wars, friendship, prejudice & racism

During WWII, Jed’s English father serves as a fighter pilot overseas, while Jed and his mother move back to her Tsimshian community on Canada's west coast. When the military sets up a naval base in town, Jed is hired to help out, honored it seems, for both his father's bravery and his own native skills as a hunter. Presented with a military jack …

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Bone Dance

by Martha Brooks
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: alternative family, canada

Alexandra's beloved grandfather was fond of saying, Life is full of surprises, and sometimes the good and the bad get all bunched up together. However, he could not have prepared her for the death of her father, a man she never knew, and his legacy -- a cabin on prairie land formerly owned by the LaFreniere family.

Lonny LaFreniere's stepfather is t …

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The Gambler's Daughter

by Shirlee Smith-Matheson
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: values & virtues, blended families

Short-listed for the 1997 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice

On the run from the authorities and the angry townspeople of Weasel City, British Columbia, in the early 1940s, teenage Loretta and her younger brother, Teddy, travel with their gambling stepfather, "Bean-Trap" Braden, as he strikes out in search of a good poker game in the Can …

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Kissing the Witch

Old Tales in New Skins

by Emma Donoghue
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: adaptations, short stories, literary

Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thir …

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Ear-Witness

A Jessica March Mystery

by Mary Ann Scott
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, dating & sex, law & crime

Jessica Marsh, who is fifteen and "hasn’t lost her baby-fat yet," lives with her mother on the top floor of a hundred-year-old triplex in Parkdale, a multicultural area in Toronto. Being an ear-witness to a murder is frightening, but when Raffi, a gentle black man who is her mother’s boyfriend, is arrested as the killer, Jess is terrified.

While …

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Speak To The Earth

by William Bell
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: environment, general (see also headings under social themes), dating & sex

"EVERYTHING'S CHANGED...EVERYTHING'S GONE BAD."
Fifteen-year-old Bryan Troupe is at first indifferent to the bitter dispute between loggers and "tree-huggers" that splits the community of Nootka harbour on Vancouver Island. But when a similar rift divides his own family and affects his relationship with his girlfriend, Bryan becomes relentlessly dr …

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The Tuesday Cafe

by Don Trembath
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: coming of age, general (see also headings under social themes), art

His parents don't seem to understand what is going on in his life at all. He's not doing well at school. And a juvenile court judge has just ordered him to write a 2000-word essay on how he's going to turn his life around.
Now his mother has enrolled him in a writing class called The Tuesday Cafe, but it's not the kind of class she expected.
It al …

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The Acting Bug

by Kathryn Ellis
edition: eBook
  • 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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