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Misfit in Love

by S. K. Ali
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 14 to 99
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: contemporary, general (see also headings under social themes), prejudice & racism

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 …



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 …


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 …


No Known Address

by Steven Barwin
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: homelessness & poverty, runaways, general (see also headings under social themes)

Teen homelessness is not always connected to poverty and crime. Sometimes there's more to the story. No Known Address follows a teen named Tyler from a privileged family in Victoria, British Columbia, who is kicked out of his home by his abusive dad after being blamed for bringing prescription narcotics to a party. This novel brings to light the se …


The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

read by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson & Tiffany Ayalik
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 15
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), values & virtues


The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland …


Hungry Hearts

13 Tales of Food & Love

by Elsie Chapman; Caroline Tung Richmond; Sandhya Menon; S. K. Ali; Rin Chupeco; Anna-Marie McLemore; Rebecca Roanhorse; Sara Farizan; Jay Coles; Adi Alsaid; Sangu Mandanna; Phoebe North & Karuna Riazi
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 12 to 99
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: diversity & multicultural, cooking & food, general (see also headings under social themes)

“A briliant multicultual collection that reminds readers that stories about food are rarely just about the food alone.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A stunning collection of short stories about the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives in teens, from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors, including Sandhya Menon, A …

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