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Degrassi Junior High: Shane

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Paperback
tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance

Shane is a loner at Degrassi. At home he and his parents don't get along too well, especially since he started grade eight. Life gets better when Shane starts seeing Spike, and he becomes more popular at school.

But the unthinkable happens--Spike gets pregnant. One little mistake, and it ruins his life. School is a drag, home is a drag, and Spike w …

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Creeboy

by Teresa Wouters
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), general (see also headings under family), canada, general (see also headings under social topics)

Sixteen-year-old Josh is no stranger to gang life. His dad, the leader of the Warriors, a gang on their reserve, is in jail, and Josh’s older brother has taken charge.

Josh’s mom has made it clear the Warriors and their violence aren’t welcome in her home — Josh’s dad and brother included. She wants Josh to focus on graduating high school. …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools

The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action

by Melanie Florence
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, politics & government, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under family)

Canada’s residential school system for Indigenous children is now recognized as a grievous historic wrong committed against First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Through historical photographs, documents and first-person narratives from people who survived residential schools, this book offers an account of the injustice of this period in Cana …

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Fired Up about Consent

by Sarah Ratchford, read by Tajja Isen
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: dating & sex, safety, sexual abuse

 

According to the World Health Organization, one in three women will be sexually or physically assaulted in her lifetime. These rates are very similar for non-binary people and other feminized people, too. This is rape culture, and young adults are living through it here and now. Fired Up about Consent is a practical, survivor-informed primer for y …

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Fired Up about Capitalism

by Tom Malleson, read by Omari Newton
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: business & economics, class differences

 

There is no alternative to free-market capitalism. At least that’s what we’ve been told since the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher first declared the debate over. Politicians daily declare it, journalists parrot it, talk show hosts acquiesce to it, rich people gloat about it, and regular people simply assume it.

Fired Up about Capitalism forcefull …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Africville

An African Nova Scotian Community Is Demolished — and Fights Back

by Gloria Ann Wesley
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada, civil & human rights, politics & government

Beginning in the 18th century, Black men and women arrived from the U.S. and settled in various parts of Nova Scotia. In the 1800s, a small Black community had developed just north of Halifax on the shores of the Bedford Basin. The community became known as Africville and grew to about 400 people. Its residents fished, farmed, operated small retail …

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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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