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If I Go Missing

by Brianna Jonnie, with Nahanni Shingoose, illustrated by Neal Shannacappo
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 12
tagged: social topics, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today.

The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie — a letter that went viral and was also the ba …

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Highrise

The Towers in the World and the World in the Towers

by Katerina Cizek, adapted by Kristy Woudstra
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: sociology, architecture

Adapted from the Emmy-winning, multimedia interactive documentary of the same name, Highrise is an in-depth exploration of the world's highrises and the people who live inside them.

From the multi-story dwellings of Ancient Rome to the soaring glass skyscrapers of today, humans have used highrises for thousands of years to house the poor, protect …

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Always Smile

Carley Allison's Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living

by Alice Kuipers
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: death & dying, friendship, sports & recreation

Not long ago, seventeen-year-old Carley Allison had it all. She was on the edge of fame as a singer and composer. She was reaching for the highest levels as a competitive skater. She had a brand-new boyfriend and a golden future waiting after graduation. Her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer in her trachea. …

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The Resilience Workbook for Teens

Activities to Help You Gain Confidence, Manage Stress, and Cultivate a Growth Mindset

by Cheryl M. Bradshaw
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 19
  • Grade: 8 to 14
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

It’s time to realize your full potential! InThe Resilience Workbook for Teens, you’ll learn to bounce back from setbacks, develop grit and a growth mindset, and overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

Social media, online ads, and glossy magazines make it look easy to be a teen—everyone seems to be laughing, sun-kissed, beautiful, surrounde …

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Career Rookie

A Get-It-Together Guide for Grads, Students and Career Newbies

by Sarah Vermunt
edition: Paperback
tagged: vocational guidance, careers, success

 

A shot of encouragement, a kick in the ass, and a loving push for young people who have no idea what they want or how to get it

Career Rookie is a book for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious. It tackles the emotional and logistical WTF-ness of starting your career, answering questions like, What if I don …

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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

narrator Michael McCreary
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: performing arts, special needs, humor

 

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, M …

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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

by Lucile de Pesloüan, illustrated by Geneviève Darling
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: social topics, girls & women, lgbt

A feminist manifesto in graphic novel form that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. Illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, si …

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Freedom of Expression

Deal with it before you are censored

by Danielle S. McLaughlin, illustrated by Paris Alleyne
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 5
tagged: social topics, emotions & feelings, manners & etiquette, civil & human rights

Can you say anything you want? Should you?

Everyone has rights but navigating your rights can be difficult. You have the right to freedom of expression but there are many places where this freedom is limited by laws, rules and regulations, or even customs such as good manners.

By exploring the viewpoints of The Censor, The Speechmaker and The Witness …

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