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by Norah McClintock
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, violence, city & town life

Jojo's back, released from jail, and people are tense and afraid all over again.

They wonder if his friends will start showing up again. They wonder if they'll be walking down the street one day and they'll run into Jojo and Jojo will give them attitude or shove them around, just for fun. Jojo's friends have a way of making it hard—really hard— …

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Dead Dogs Talk

The Alberta Adventures

by Nancy M. Bell
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: farm & ranch life

Little did Laurel Rowan know where the discovery of an injured dog would lead her. The dark world of dog fighting rings and the unsavoury characters who surround them are a stark awakening for the Alberta teen. Volunteering at a local animal rescue helps her come to terms with some of the things, but Laurel won’t stop until she’s done all she c …

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Under the Radar

by Judith Clark
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, farm & ranch life, dating & sex

One more year. That’s all Gunnar has to wait until graduation. More importantly, it’s one more year until he’ll feel safe to come out.

Gunnar has kept his sexuality a secret — only his twin sister knows he’s gay. Coming out now would make him the target of homophobic bullies at his school. But a year is a long time, especially when life s …

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Out of Tune

A Riley Donovan mystery

by Norah McClintock
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, music, city & town life

Everyone in town thinks they know who killed their musical prodigy, but Riley Donovan will have the final say.

In Riley Donovan's last whodunit mystery, Alicia, a talented high school violinist, is found bludgeoned to death in a field on the outskirts of town. The small town's suspicion immediately falls on Carrie, the teen's musical rival. But Rile …

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Prince of Pot

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: general (see also headings under social themes), country life, law & crime

Legalizing weed doesn’t mean that living on a secret, family-run grow-op is easy, especially when your new girlfriend turns out to be the daughter of a cop.

Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow …

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Trial by Fire

A Riley Donovan mystery

by Norah McClintock
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, country life, prejudice & racism

Riley Donovan is the new kid in a small town where her aunt (and guardian) has just started a job as a detective on the town’s police force. Riley is home alone when a neighbor’s barn catches on fire; when she realizes that he is trapped in the barn, she calls 9-1-1 and then tries to save him . But instead of being hailed as a hero, Riley finds …

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by Trina St. Jean
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, general (see also headings under social themes), farm & ranch life

When Jessica wakes up from a coma, she has no memories of her life before the accident at her family’s bison ranch. As she struggles to reconnect with her family and friends, she experiences all the signs of traumatic brain injury—confusion, sadness, fear and rage. Returning to school is a nightmare—especially when she overhears someone say h …

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