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My Body in Pieces

illustrated by Marie-Noëlle Hébert, translated by Shelley Tanaka
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: eating disorders & body image, self-esteem & self-reliance, social topics, depression & mental illness, women

A deeply emotional graphic memoir of a young woman’s struggles with self-esteem and body image issues.

All Marie-Noëlle wants is to be thin and beautiful. She wishes that her thighs were slimmer, that her stomach lay flatter. Maybe then her parents wouldn’t make fun of her eating habits at family dinners, the girls at school wouldn’t call her …

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Fired Up about Consent

by Sarah Ratchford
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: dating & sex, sexual abuse, safety

According to the World Health Organization, one in three women will be sexually or physically assaulted in her lifetime. These rates are very similar for non-binary people and other feminized people, too. This is rape culture, and young adults are living through it here and now. Fired Up about Consent is a practical, survivor-informed primer for yo …

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The DBT Skills Workbook for Teen Self-Harm

Practical Tools to Help You Manage Emotions and Overcome Self-Harming Behaviors

by Sheri Van Dijk
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: self-mutilation

Put an end to self-harming behaviors—once and for all.

Do you cut or self-harm? Do you feel like it gives you a sense of control in a world where you so often feel helpless and powerless? Do you do it to distract from emotional pain, or just feelsomething other than total numbness? There's a long list of reasons why you may self-harm. But regardle …

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A Cave in the Clouds

A Young Woman’s Escape from ISIS

by Badeeah Hassan Ahmed, with Susan Elizabeth McClelland, read by Baraka Rahmani
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 11 to 12
tagged: social activists, middle east, women

 

Captured by ISIS, her bravery and faith became her pathway to freedom.

Badeeah Hassan was just 18 when she witnessed firsthand the horrors of the 2014 genocide of the Yazidi people by ISIS forces. Captured by ISIS, known locally as Daesh, Badeeah was among hundreds forced into a brutal human trafficking network made up of women and girls of Yazidi …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Anti-Semitism and the MS St. Louis

Canada's Anti-Semitic Policies in the Twentieth Century

by Rona Arato
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada, military & wars, emigration & immigration, politics & government

Prior to the Second World War, Canada's Jewish community was well established in many cities, including Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg. As war grew closer, anti-Semitism across Europe was increasing. Hitler's Nazis were spreading hatred and violence towards Jews across Germany. At first, Jews were allowed to leave Germany and thousands escaped to s …

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Hidden Gold

by Ella Burakowski, read by Theresa Tova
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

 

When Poland is invaded in WWII, the Gold family sticks together in horrific conditions to survive

It’s 1942, and the Nazis are rounding up Jews in the Polish town of Pinczow for transport to the Treblinka death camp. Leib and Hanna Gold thought they had more time to develop an escape plan. While Leib leaves to negotiate a hiding place, Hanna and …

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To Look A Nazi in the Eye

A teen’s account of a war criminal trial

by Kathy Kacer, with Jordana Lebowitz, read by Gabi Epstein
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

 

She had expected to hate him. But hate, just like forgiveness, can be complicated.

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still no …

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From Wages to Riches

For young adults who want to become financially independent

by Nancy O'Hare
edition: eBook
tagged: personal finance, money

Just starting out and want to know how to manage your money? This handbook outlines what you need to know to make financially savvy choices—from emergency cash funds to reducing your investment fees.

Based on research and her own experiences after leaving home when she was eighteen and retiring at age forty-one, the author learned what choices mat …

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The League of Super Feminists

by Mirion Malle, translated by Aleshia Jensen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: social topics

THIS PRIMER ON FEMINISM AND MEDIA LITERACY TEACHES YOUNG READERS WHY IT MATTERS

This primer on feminism and media literacy teaches young readers why it matters

The League of Super Feminists&nbspis an energetic and fierce comic for tweens and younger teens. Cartoonist&nbspMirion Malle guides readers through some of the central tenets of feminism and m …

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