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Past Tense

A Novel

by Star Spider
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: depression, lgbt, parents

How do you live after death?

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it—she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated whe …

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Some Other Now

by Sarah Everett
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: alternative family

This Is Usfor teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans ofFar From the Tree,Emergency Contact,and Nina LaCour.

Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it …

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This Golden Flame

by Emily Victoria
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: epic, lgbt, siblings

Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hi …

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Finding Avalon

by Pamela MacDonald & Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: parents, friendship, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse

Avalon Monday doesn't mind telling schoolmates that her mother ran off to California to live with a guy she met on the internet. After all, that's way less embarrassing than the truth, which is that her mom is in prison for trying to stab Avalon's fourth grade teacher.

Even though it's been three years since she was able to make a fresh start, Aval …

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Munro vs. the Coyote

by Darren Groth
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: disabilities & special needs, siblings, australia & oceania

Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there's a taunting, barking, biting voice he calls "the Coyote." Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Brisbane he …

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Snitch

by Norah McClintock
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, general (see also headings under social themes), self-esteem & self-reliance

Josh had been living in a group home after being ratted out by Scott, his one-time best friend. Now he has moved in with his brother and overbearing sister-in-law and has been sent to a class designed to teach him to deal with his anger. When an old enemy continues to push his buttons and Scott appears to be up to his old tricks, Josh struggles to …

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Tell

by Norah McClintock
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Hardcover eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, blended families, mysteries & detective stories

When his step-father Phil is shot dead in an apparent robbery, David becomes the prime suspect. Where was David that night, and what does he know about Phil?

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Heart Sister

by Michael F. Stewart
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: death & dying, film, siblings

After his twin sister, Minnie, dies in an accident, Emmitt's world goes sideways. He’s lost his best friend and it feels like the family is falling apart without her. But Minnie was an organ donor and Emmitt soon receives an anonymous thank you letter from one of the transplant recipients. Inspiration strikes, and he decides to try and put his si …

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Break in Case of Emergency

A Novel

by Brian Francis
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: mental illness, general (see also headings under social themes), lgbt

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature–Text

Dads can be such a drag

Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people i …

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