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Under the Iron Bridge

by Kathy Kacer, read by Gabi Epistein
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism, europe


What does it take to stand up for what’s right?

It’s 1938 in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Paul is feeling pressured to join the Hitler Youth. The last thing he wants to do is march around with a bunch of bullies, supporting the Gestapo and abusing the city’s Jews, but even Paul’s parents think he should go along with his classmates in order to …


Tess of the Road

by Rachel Hartman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: medieval

From award-winning Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road is a tour de force and an exquisite feminist fantasy.

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's no …


Second Chances

by Harriet Zaidman
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 16
  • Grade: 8 to 11
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, canada

Thirteen-year-old Dale Melnyk finds himself stuck in an iron lung, desperately fighting for breath — and wishing he could die. It is the worst outbreak of polio in the history of Winnipeg, and Dale is one of the many young victims being treated in the early 1950s.

Second Chances follows Dale's slow and often agonizing struggle to regain his life, …



by Kate Story
edition: Paperback
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, lgbt, canada

Disguised as a boy, Dor volunteers to work with Guiglielmo Marconi on his wireless radio experiments in St. John's, Newfoundland. But forces beyond nature are also at play, and Dor may have to sabotage Marconi's efforts in order to save her mother from the fairies who have kidnapped her.


Names in a Jar

by Jennifer Gold
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, siblings, adoption

Twelve-year-old Anna Krawitz is imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto with her older sister, Lina, and their father. Happy days spent reading about anatomy and science in Papa’s bookshop are long gone, and the knowledge they have is used to help their neighbors through the illnesses caused by starvation and war.

With no hope in sight and supplies dwindl …


Rebellion’s Daughter

by Judi Coburn
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: colonial & 19th century, canada


Spirited young Eunice will not settle for a woman’s lot in 1800s Canada. She sees the inequitable use of power everywhere, from her abusive father to the elite-ruled government, and she cannot help but challenge it. This historical fiction follows her escape from trouble into more and more trouble, through which her ignorance gives way to a more …

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