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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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Fight Like a Girl

by Sheena Kamal
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: diversity & multicultural, martial arts, parents

The Beauty of the Moment meets Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Award-winning thriller writer Sheena Kamal delivers a kick-ass debut YA novel that will have fans crying out for more.

Love and violence. In some families they're bound up together, dysfunctional and poisonous, passed from generation to generation like eye color or a quirk of smile. Trisha's tr …

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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.

One fresh start and three years later Avalon discovers there are things you can never truly leave behind. When the past collides with the present it exposes her secr …

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The Thing You're Good At

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: emigration & immigration, prejudice & racism, parents

Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the …

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Athabasca

by Harry Kleinhuis
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: parents, coming of age, depression, canada

Jack is 14 going on 15. For the past seven years, he and his younger brother and sister, and his mother and father, have lived in a remote cabin on the Athabasca River west of Edmonton. It's the late 1930s, and the river is almost as wild and untamed as it was before humans began settling along the riverbanks.
The reason for the Whyte family livi …

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No Right Thing

by Laura Langston
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 17
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: parents, suicide, homelessness & poverty

Sixteen-year-old Cate Sheridan always tries to do the right thing. When she sees a homeless man about to be hit by a truck, her instincts kick in. Cate and her friend Noah pull the man to safety.

Then things get crazy in Cate's world.

The rescued man is the famous musician Max Le Bould who disappeared years ago. Cate and Noah become instant heroes, a …

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Break in Case of Emergency

by Brian Francis
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: parents, emotions & feelings, lgbt, suicide

Set in a small town in the 1990s, this is the story of a girl on the edge—of a breakdown, of family secrets, of learning who she really is.

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

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Stella Rising

by Nancy Belgue
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: music, parents, self-esteem & self-reliance

Stella Connors has spent her whole life bouncing around from one town to the next, following the latest musician her mother has fallen in love with. She has always vowed she will never become a pathetic groupie like her mother, Viv. But then her best friend uploads a video of Stella singing a cover of her favorite band’s biggest hit. It goes vira …

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