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The Betrayal of Africa

A Groundwork Guide

by Gerald Caplan, series edited by Jane Springer
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: africa

This fascinating look at Africa refutes the common assumption that the Western world is the solution to the challenges the continent faces. An excellent introduction to the subject for young adults.

Think Africa, and many people think of brutal war, endless famine, pervasive corruption, unworthy rulers, universal poverty, an AIDS epidemic out of con …

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Being Muslim

A Groundwork Guide

by Haroon Siddiqui
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 0
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: middle east, islam

Being Muslim is written for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It presents a readable explanation of the most complex and emotion-laden issues of our troubled times. The varying branches of Islam are analyzed and their history outlined — but the focus is on the present.

In speaking about and crossing political, cultural and religious divisions, this b …

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To Stand and Fight Together

Richard Pierpoint and the Coloured Corps of Upper Canada

by Steve Pitt
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: canada, military & wars, historical

In 1812, a 67-year-old black United Empire Loyalist named Richard Pierpoint helped raise "a corps of Coloured Men to stand and fight together" against the Americans who were threatening to invade the tiny British colony of Upper Canada.

Pierpoint’s unique fighting unit would not only see service throughout the War of 1812, it would also be the fir …

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My Name is Number 4

A True Story

by Ting-Xing Ye
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: cultural heritage, historical, siblings

A powerful and passionate memoir for young readers, Ting-xing Ye tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.

When Ting-xing Ye was born her aunt declared, “Ah Si shi ge lao lu ming” – Number Four will have a difficult life – for the signs were unlucky. Events soon bore out this …

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GirlSpoken

edited by Jessica Hein; Heather Holland & Carol Kauppi
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance, emotions & feelings

From pen, brush, and tongue, girls and young women speak their truths, tell it like it is, and call for change. This collection of creative works is an exploration of young women’s identities, self-expression and voice.

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Pornography

A Groundwork Guide

by Debbie Nathan, series edited by Jane Springer
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: media studies, sociology

Informative and thought-provoking, this book from one of the most interesting and original thinkers currently looking at human sexuality provides a fresh view of pornography. Clearly and concisely written for young adults.

Pornography addresses a very important issue in a rational, analytical manner. Society tells us that we aren't supposed to look …

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William Blake

The Gates of Paradise

by Michael Bedard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: literary, historical

Journey back to the 1700s to meet one of the most fascinating people in history. Dreamer, craftsman, poet, madman, and genius — William Blake. Born in 1757 in London, as a boy he apprenticed as an engraver and began a career that would include masterpieces of art.

Blake lived during times of incredible change and upheaval, including the Gordon Rio …

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The Little Black Book for Girlz

A Book on Healthy Sexuality

by St. Stephen's Community House
edition: Paperback
also available: Audiobook (CD)
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: dating & sex, sexuality & pregnancy, emotions & feelings

Check it out: not just a book about sex, but a look at girl culture by youth themselves. No stuffy school textbook. No nosey adults. Just a diverse group of teen girls from a community youth project who had questions about sexuality. To find answers, they collected stories, poetry, and artwork from other youth. They also interviewed frontline healt …

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