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The Disability Experience

Working Toward Belonging

by Hannalora Leavitt, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: special needs, physical impairments, civil & human rights

People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours. The difference is that PWDs don’t have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you’ll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll b …

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Travesia

A Migrant Girl's Cross-Border Journey//El viaje de una joven migrante

by Michelle Gerster, illustrated by Fiona Dunnett
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: girls & women, nonfiction, emigration & immigration, history

A poignant bilingual YA graphic novel about a teenage girl's harrowing experience crossing the Mexico-US border.

This compelling young adult graphic memoir, based on real events, tells the story of Gricelda, a fifteen-year-old Mexican girl who attempts to cross the border into America with her mother and younger brother in search of a better life. T …

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My Body in Pieces

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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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 19
  • Grade: 8 to 14
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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Be the Awesome Man

A Young Man's Guide to Achieving Discipline, Success, and Happiness

by Dennis Gazarek
edition: Paperback
tagged: success, adolescence, self-esteem, happiness

A diagnosis and a prescription for a generation of young men in crisis, Be the Awesome Man is a must-read guide for young men who want to achieve lasting success and personal happiness.

Young men are underachieving in unprecedented numbers. More and more young men are not attaining standard benchmarks of maturity, such as entering and graduating fro …

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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 13
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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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 19
  • Grade: 8 to 14
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada

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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Real Talk About Sex and Consent

What Every Teen Needs to Know

by Cheryl M. Bradshaw
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 19
  • Grade: 8 to 14
tagged: dating & sex

"A truly vital and nuanced guide that is as empowering as it is educational."
School Library Journal (starred review)
You deserve clear, accurate information about sexual consent! Let this honest and empowering book be your go-to guide.

Let’s get real: Sex is complicated. Like, really complicated. And as a teen, you need trusted resources to …

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Heads Up

Changing Minds on Mental Health

by Melanie Siebert, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: depression & mental illness, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, self-esteem & self-reliance

? “Informative, diverse, and highly engaging; a much-needed addition to the realm of mental health.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Featuring real-life stories of people who have found hope and meaning in the midst of life’s struggles, Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health is the go-to guide for teenagers who want to know about mental h …

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