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Nothing but Life

by Brent van Staalduinen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: literary, death & dying, violence

During a sweltering summer, Dills must come to terms with a horrific crime and the parent he loves who committed it.

Dills and his mom have returned to Hamilton, her hometown, hoping to leave the horrors of Windsor behind. But it’s impossible to escape the echoes of tragedy, and trouble always follows trouble.

When Dills hurts a new classmate, it …

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My Totem Came Calling

by Blessing Musariri & Thorsten Nesch
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: literary, multigenerational, africa

Chanda is a seventeen-year-old schoolgirl in Harare, Zimbabwe, who suffers from unexplained memory lapses, which become even more worrisome when she starts seeing her totem animal, a zebra, in all sorts of places. But nobody else can see it.

Afraid of being institutionalized in a hospital, she follows the advice of an old aunt and sets off for her a …

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Infinite Blue

by Darren Groth & Simon Groth
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: contemporary, magical realism, literary

Ashley Drummond is an elite swimmer. Clayton Sandalford is a talented artist. From the “moment of their first meeting, they were destined to be together.
Staying together, however, will test the limits of their love. A world-record swim, and the strange vision that accompanies it, raises questions about the couple's connection.
Then a life-alte …

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This Book Betrays My Brother

by Kagiso Lesego Molope
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 17
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: coming of age, literary

Winner of the Ottawa Book Award, English Fiction, 2019 Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 Named to the Globe 100, 2018 CBC Books, Top YA Pick for 2018 Named to Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2018 Named to Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books, 2018

What does a teenage girl do when she sees her beloved older brother commit a h …

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The Spoon Asylum

by Caroline Misner
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: literary, canada, prejudice & racism

It is the summer of 1933 and young Haven Cattrell, seeking work, finds himself abandoned in the small northern Ontario town of Davisville. At an exclusive summer camp for girls he befriends Wetherby Moss and his son Jude who introduce him to the joys and heartaches of jazz.

 

Jazz had taken a hard blow, during the first-half of the 1930s. Although t …

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Here So Far Away

by Hadley Dyer
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: coming of age, contemporary, literary

Award-winning author Hadley Dyer’s YA debut is smart, snarky, and emotionally gripping, about a rebellious cop’s daughter who falls in love with an older man, loses her best friend, and battles depression, all while trying to survive her last year of high school.
Feisty and fearless George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that …

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Stranger in the Shadows

by Raymond McGregor
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: literary

Now that Owen has successfully defeated the dragon Kalureth and rid the village of his terror, Owen and Uthgar face an even greater challenge. The Dwarves are reunited with their home in the mountains, but not everyone is open to sharing life with the Humans inhabiting the land. The evil King seeks to rule them all and knows he must get to Owen in …

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