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Inuunira: My Story of Survival

by Brian Koonoo, illustrated by Ben Shannon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: adventure & adventurers, camping & outdoor activities, aboriginal & indigenous

In this harrowing survival story, Brian Koonoo takes off on a hunting trip in Canada’s Arctic. After his snowmobile breaks down, his GPS loses signal, and his camping fuel runs low, he is left alone to survive for seven days. Inuunira is an Inuktitut term that means "how I'm alive," and this account shows exactly how Brian managed to stay alive. …

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Funny Gyal

My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica

by Angeline Jackson, with Susan McClelland, foreword by Diana King
edition: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbtq+, caribbean & latin america, social activists

“Instead of remaining silent, she chose to speak out … That’s the power of one person.” — Barack Obama
The inspiring story of Angeline Jackson, who stood up to Jamaica’s oppression of queer youth to demand recognition and justice.

When Angeline Jackson was a child, she wondered if there was something wrong with her for wanting to kiss th …

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#BlackInSchool

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

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: 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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