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The Life and Deaths of Frankie D.

by Colleen Nelson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: contemporary, paranormal, occult & supernatural, magical realism

A fantastical novel from award-winning author Colleen Nelson, about a hundred-year-old side show and a girl with no past.

Frankie doesn’t trust easily. Not others and not even herself. Found in an alley when she was a child, she has no memory of who she is or why she was left there. Recurring dreams about a hundred-year-old carnival side show, a p …



by Su J Sokol
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: lgbt, hispanic & latino, magical realism, african american

Ever since she was born, Zee's had a talent, a particular kind of intelligence. She perceives things no one else can. Zee is able to hear other people's thoughts, feel their emotions. She can even see herself through their eyes, and this seeing changes her. Sometimes, Zee is the precocious daughter of her four grown-ups. Other times, Zee's a rough …


The Greats

by Deborah Ellis
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: suicide, magical realism, caribbean & latin america, boys & men, multigenerational

With the unexpected help of a giant prehistoric sloth, ghostly grandfathers return to help a suicidal teenager.

Winning a national high-school geography competition should be the high point of Jomon’s life. So why does he find himself running through the streets of Georgetown, Guyana, later that same night — so angry and desperate? Why does he h …



by Lisa Moore, read by Mary Lewis
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook Paperback
  • age: 13 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: general (see also headings under social themes), magical realism, girls & women

A spellbinding story about chasing love, fighting family, losing friends and starting all over again, from the internationally acclaimed Lisa Moore.

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti a …



by E. L. Chen
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: dark fantasy, horror, magical realism

Pray you never find your Summerwood, Grandfather had said. I’d found something worse. I’d found his.

In Summerwood, twelve-year old Rosalind Hero Cheung can’t wait to spend the summer in Toronto with her teenaged sister Julie and their famous author grandfather. Years ago Walter Denison wrote a series of bestselling children’s novels about a …



by David A. Robertson
edition: eBook
also available: Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, paranormal, occult & supernatural, canada, superheroes, magical realism, mental illness

The highly anticipated conclusion to The Reckoner, David A. Robertson’s award-winning trilogy.

Mysterious murders, shadowy figures, and high school. Life can be hard, death can be harder.

Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free. Mihko Laboratories has reopened the research facility and works to manufacture and weaponize the illness th …

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