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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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Betty

The Helen Betty Osborne Story

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: social topics, prejudice & racism, aboriginal & indigenous

Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left home to attend residential school and later moved to The Pas, Manitoba, to attend high school. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder …

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The League of Super Feminists

by Mirion Malle, translated by Aleshia Jensen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: social topics

This primer on feminism and media literacy teaches young readers why it matters
The League of Super Feminists is an energetic and fierce comic for tweens and younger teens. Cartoonist Mirion Malle guides readers through some of the central tenets of feminism and media literacy including consent, intersectionality, privilege, body image, inclusivit …

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If I Go Missing

by Jonnie, Brianna, with Nahanni Shingoose, illustrated by Shannacappo, Neal
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 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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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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