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Past Tense

A Novel

by Star Spider
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: depression, lgbt, parents

How do you live after death?

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it—she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated whe …

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Here So Far Away

by Hadley Dyer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: depression, new experience, contemporary

George Warren (real name: Frances, but nobody calls her that) is well aware that she’s sometimes too tough for her own good. She didn’t mean to make the hot new guy cry—twice. And maybe she shouldn’t have hit the school’s mean girl in the face. George’s loyalty and impulsiveness are what her friends love about her—they know she’s go …

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Finding Avalon

by Pamela MacDonald & Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: parents, friendship, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse

Avalon Monday doesn't mind telling schoolmates that her mother ran off to California to live with a guy she met on the internet. After all, that's way less embarrassing than the truth, which is that her mom is in prison for trying to stab Avalon's fourth grade teacher.

Even though it's been three years since she was able to make a fresh start, Aval …

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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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Breakdown

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Book
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, paranormal, mental illness, superheroes

The Reckoner returns in an all-new graphic novel series!

Cole and Eva arrive in Winnipeg, the headquarters of Mihko Laboratories, intent on destroying the company once and for all. Their plans are thwarted when a new threat surfaces, and Cole is mired in terrifying visions. Are these visions just troubled dreams or are they leading him to a terrifyi …

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From the Roots Up

by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Book
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism, lgbt, girls & women, friendship, assimilation, coming of age, death & dying, dating & sex

Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue in this sequel to Surviving the City

Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home. On top of everything else, Dez is navigating a new relationship and coming into her identity as a Two-Spirit person. 

Miikwan is crushing on the school’s new kid Riel …

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Magic Dark and Strange

by Kelly Powell
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 99
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, death & dying

The Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.

Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with …

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The In-Between

by Marcus Youssef
edition: Paperback
tagged: drama, prejudice & racism, diversity & multicultural, canadian

Adopted as a baby by white parents who found her in an orphanage in Vietnam, Lily has always considered herself Canadian. When Karim – a guy she’s liked for a long time – finally starts to show interest in her, Lily’s best friend Brit starts to hang out with some grade-twelves with radical opinions about immigrants. After a conflict between …

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