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#BlackInSchool

by Habiba Cooper Diallo, foreword by Awad Ibrahim
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 11 to 12
tagged: black studies (global), cultural heritage, prejudice & racism, personal memoirs, african american & black, race & ethnic relations

A young Black woman documents the systemic racism in her high school diary and calls for justice and educational reform.

The prevalence of anti-Black racism and its many faces, from racial profiling to police brutality, in North America is indisputable. How do we stop racist ideas and violence if the very foundation of our society is built upon whi …

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Maud and Me

by Marianne Jones
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 16
  • Grade: 9 to 11
tagged: historical, women

"Maud and Me" is a novel set in the early 1980's in Marathon, a small mining town in Northwestern Ontario. Nicole LeClair, a middle-aged minister's wife has a secret: she receives visits from Lucy Maud Montgomery, also a minister's wife and famed author of Anne of Green Gables. Since Maud has been dead for four decades, Nicole is unsure if this app …

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Diary of a Young Naturalist

by Dara McAnulty
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: essays, literary, self-esteem & self-reliance

Reflects great admiration and wonder for all humpback whales ... A true homage to these wondrous creatures.” —Kirkus (STARRED Review)

“Remarkable for almost too many reasons to name. Along with Greta Thunberg, [Dara McAnulty] is on his way to becoming one of the most visible environmental campaigners of his generation.”
The Globe and M …

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My Body in Pieces

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

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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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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Sunflower's Story

by Sunflower Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, blended families, cultural heritage

A personal account of a young Indigenous girl who experiences intolerance, a sense of not belonging and family struggles. She learns from her grandfather the traditional ways of ceremony and fasting to go beyond the needs of the body to where she begins to know her higher self.

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Jaysen's Story

by Jaysen Flett-Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, suicide, cultural heritage

Fourteen-year-old Jaysen Flett-Paul's true story of how Elders guided him through his first Sundance ceremony to heal the anger and grief stemming from his mother’s violent murder. It sensitively tackles the heart-breaking problem of suicide in Indigenous communities, an issue of great importance to this community and for communities across North …

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In Good Hands

Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change

by Stephanie MacKendrick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: women, politics & government, political

Written for young women interested in running for office, this book is unlike any other, with inspiring stories of eighteen women role models along with the all the tools and resources needed to get a campaign off the ground.

Stephanie MacKendrick, a former journalist now dedicated to women's career advancement, believes the time for women in politi …

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