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Throwaway Daughter

by Ting-Xing Ye, with William Bell
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: asia, adoption, coming of age

A Canadian teenager travels to China to explore her ancestry and search for her birth mother in a dramatic and moving YA novel.

Throwaway Daughter tells the story of Grace Dong-mei Parker, whose biggest concern is how to distill her adoption from China into the neat blanks of her personal history assignment. Aside from the unwelcome reminders of di …

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Misfit in Love

by S. K. Ali
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: contemporary, prejudice & racism, general (see also headings under social themes)

In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.

Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the wh …

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Rachel Bird

by Becky Citra
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: multigenerational, emotions & feelings, death & dying

Rachel and her little sister, Jane, are spending the summer with two strangers who happen to be their grandparents. Up until their mom’s death a few months ago, Rachel didn’t know these people existed, and now she’s been packed off to the family ranch in the interior of British Columbia—a place with mountains, lakes, and zero cell service.  …

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Denial

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: pregnancy, general (see also headings under social themes), emotions & feelings, dating & sex, law & crime

It’s Nova’s final year of high school and everything is on track for an amazing year. She’s going to ace all her studies and go on to be a doctor. She’s got a spot on the swim team. And she’s in love for the first time — with Leo, the captain of the swim team.
But things don’t turn out quite like Nova had planned. As her relationship …

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One Last Job

by Sean Rodman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, multigenerational

Michael has been getting into trouble lately.

As a consequence, his mom is making him look after his grandfather for the summer. The thing is, Gramps isn’t your average senior citizen: he’s a retired burglar with a lifetime of criminal knowledge. When a thief breaks into Gramps' apartment and steals a necklace with great sentimental value, the u …

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Trapped

by Sigmund Brouwer
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, orphans & foster homes, survival stories

Matt is counting down the days until he turns sixteen.

He's been living with his foster parents in Yukon River valley in their isolated cabin. His plan is to leave and never come back. He is done with the harsh lifestyle and helping his abusive foster dad, Dan, run the traplines so he can make money selling animal furs. He can't wait to start a new …

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Creeboy

by Teresa Wouters
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), general (see also headings under family), canada, general (see also headings under social topics)

Sixteen-year-old Josh is no stranger to gang life. His dad, the leader of the Warriors, a gang on their reserve, is in jail, and Josh’s older brother has taken charge.

Josh’s mom has made it clear the Warriors and their violence aren’t welcome in her home — Josh’s dad and brother included. She wants Josh to focus on graduating high school. …

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