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Time's Musicians

by Mark Paul Oleksiw
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: loners & outcasts, psychological

As a child, Billy believed in black holes and time travel. Now, in his thirties, Billy is the reclusive creator of a popular comic book. On the eve of its final edition, Billy’s behavior grows erratic as he mysteriously requests assistance from the retired psychologist who evaluated him ten years earlier, Dr. Carrie Woodson.

Time’s Musicians is …

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Spin Out

by Steven Sandor
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3.5
tagged: loners & outcasts, boys & men, parents, aboriginal & indigenous

Ben Cheng used to live the good life — he had wealthy parents, lots of friends and respect as an online gamer. But when his parents separated, he had to move to a small apartment with his mom, his dad was out of the picture, and his new schoolmates started teasing him for his family's fall from grace. All Ben has left is his virtual life, where h …

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Faster Than Truth

by K.L. Denman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: mental illness, general (see also headings under family), loners & outcasts

Sixteen-year-old Declan dreams of becoming a professional reporter, an international correspondent who flies around the globe covering big stories. But Declan is still in high school, and as the editor of his school paper, he covers school dances — not exactly “news.”

Declan gets his chance for a big scoop when another student shows him part …

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In the Key of Nira Ghani

by Natasha Deen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: coming of age, diversity & multicultural, friendship, multigenerational, loners & outcasts, music, parents

A Guyanese girl must find the balance between her parents' "old world" expectations and traditions while pursuing her dream of being a great trumpeter in this contemporary, coming-of-age story, written by an #OwnVoices author.

Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become a sci …

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Locked Up

by Cristy Watson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 2
tagged: law & crime, self-esteem & self-reliance, violence, loners & outcasts

When he was fifteen, Kevin took a car for a joyride and got in an accident that seriously injured a pedestrian. Known inside juvenile detention as Strider, he has spent more than two years incarcerated, and has learned the hard way how to survive inside. Strider keeps his head down and continues his schoolwork, and another inmate called Wired gives …

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On the Run

by Marilyn Anne Holman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 2
tagged: law & crime, peer pressure, loners & outcasts, orphans & foster homes, violence

Seventeen-year-old Ryan is running out of chances — in and out of juvie since he was thirteen, he always seems to end up back in the same place. But this time, Ryan promises himself as he leaves the detention centre, will be different. He's determined to stay out of trouble. Being just a few months shy of eighteen means that next time he's picked …

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Lost Boy

by Shelley Hrdlitschka
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: loners & outcasts, coming of age, boys & men

Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith. After he is caught kissing a girl, he is forced to flee his town and the only life he knows. He finds a community of other Lost Boys, or "polygs," but is utterly unprepared for life outside his community of Unity. He spirals into a life of numbing booze, drugs and hom …

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