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YA Summer Reading

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: YA fiction, YA, young adult
Teachers, this one's for you! Get caught up on your reading this summer with a selection of fabulous and diverse YA novels that will be just as fun for you to read over the break as it will be to share with your students in the fall.

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The Big Dig

by Lisa Harrington
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: friendship

Just as fourteen-year-old Lucy is starting to figure out life after her mom's death, her dad ships her off to Cape John, her mom's hometown, for the summer. Worse, she has to live with her nutty great-aunt Josie, who doesn't cook edible food or suffer fools. Soon Lucy meets Colin, freshly moved from the West Coast, who's digging an enormous hole in …

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This Place

150 Years Retold

by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm; Brandon Mitchell; Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley; Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; Jen Storm; Richard Van Camp; Katherena Vermette; Sonny Assu; Chelsea Vowel; David A. Robertson; Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, illustrated by Kyle Charles; GMB Chomichuk; Tara Audibert; Natasha Donovan; Scott B. Henderson; Andrew Lodwick; Scott A. Ford; Donovan Yaciuk & Ryan Howe, foreword by Alicia Elliott
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: historical, prejudice & racism, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, politics & government, assimilation

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

This is …

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Center of the Universe, The

by Ria Voros
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, mysteries & detective stories, science & technology

Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on …

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Black Beach

by Glynis Guevara
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: girls & women, caribbean & latin america, diversity & multicultural

Included on Black Children's Books and Authors' 2020 list of '10 YA Fiction Books by Black Authors for BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month'

Sixteen-year-old Tamera lives in La Cresta, a rural fishing community on a Caribbean island. Despite having the support of relatives, including her dad, Earl, her elder sister, Mary and her best friend and first …

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Battledoors

The Golden Slate

by Brian Wilkinson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: contemporary

Life constantly seems to be wavering between really good and really bad for Owen, a lonely sixteen-year-old still reeling from the unexpected death of his mother and a fresh move to Toronto. After ducking into an old bookstore to escape high school bullies, Owen discovers that he can travel to a parallel, twisted version of the city using a magical …

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Body Swap

by Sylvia McNicoll
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: magical realism, values & virtues, girls & women

2019 Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction — Winner
A fatal collision — who’s to blame? Two bodies, two souls switch in search of justice.

When fifteen-year-old Hallie gets knocked flying by a Hurricane SUV, her life ends without her ever having kissed a boy. At an otherworldly carnival, she meets and argues with the eighty-two-year-old driver, …

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The Story of My Face

by Leanne Baugh
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, self-esteem & self-reliance, loners & outcasts

After being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, seventeen-year-old Abby Hughes' facial scars are all she can think about, and all that she thinks anyone else can see when they look at her. After months of hiding out at home, returning to high school feels as daunting to Abby as enduring seven plastic surgeries.

She knows it will be ha …

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This Book Betrays My Brother

by Kagiso Lesego Molope
edition: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 17
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: coming of age, literary

Winner of the Ottawa Book Award, English Fiction, 2019 Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 Named to the Globe 100, 2018 CBC Books, Top YA Pick for 2018 Named to Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2018 Named to Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books, 2018

What does a teenage girl do when she sees her beloved older brother commit a h …