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Top Grade: High School Selections, Fall 2019

Created by Top Grade
  • Age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 15
tagged: topgrade, schoolage, teens, canadian, ya, young adult
Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom highlights the best of Canadian literature for teens.

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Safe Harbour

by Christina Kilbourne
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: homelessness & poverty, friendship, general (see also headings under social themes), mental illness

As crazy as her father’s plan sounds, sticking to it is easy for Harbour — until it isn’t.

Fourteen-year-old Harbour is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of canned tuna, and an unconventional reading list. She’s not homeless, she tells herself. She’s merely waiting for her home — a thirty-six-foot sail …

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Just Lucky

by Melanie Florence
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: orphans & foster homes, bullying, girls & women

Lucky loves her grandparents, and they are all the family she really has. True, her grandma forgets things…like turning off the stove, or Lucky’s name. But her grandpa takes such good care of them that Lucky doesn’t realize how bad things are. That is until he’s gone. When her grandma accidentally sets the kitchen on fire, Lucky can’t hid …

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The Stone Rainbow

by Liane Shaw
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: lgbt, bullying

Jack Pedersen is finding life complicated ever since he came out to his mom. Even though she’s been doing her best to understand, it’s obvious to Jack that his mom still wants to cry every time she says the word gay.  
Complications go into overdrive when a new student named Benjamin arrives at his high school, and Jack starts experiencing fe …

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The World on Either Side

by Diane Terrana
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: asia, girls & women, depression

After the death of her boyfriend, sixteen-year old Valentine stops going to school, quits seeing her friends and, finally, won’t leave her bed. Desperate for her daughter to recover, Valentine’s mother takes her on a trek in Thailand. In the mountains north of Chiang Mai, Valentine finds a world she didn’t know existed, where houses are on s …

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Girls Like Me

by Kristin Butcher
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: sexual abuse, bullying, pregnancy

After accepting a ride home, sixteen-year-old Emma Kennedy is raped by a boy from school. But handsome, popular Ross Schroeder tells everyone the sex was consensual, and Emma is immediately branded as a slut. Even Emma's best friend, Jen, doesn't believe Emma's version of events. In fact, she is angry with Emma because she feels betrayed. After al …

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I Am a Feminist

Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times

by Monique Polak
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: civil & human rights, girls & women, prejudice & racism

What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working …

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Damage Done by the Storm

by Jack Hodgins
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: short stories (single author)

Jack Hodgins' acclaimed short story collection now appears in a new edition, along with a new Hodgins story never before published. The collection as a whole immerses us in the lives of characters at once larger than life and intimately familiar. In the title story, a retired Senator fights his way through a major Ottawa snowstorm to keep a family …

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The Law is (Not) for Kids

A Legal Rights Guide for Canadian Children and Teens

by Ned Lecic & Marvin A. Zuker
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 20
  • Grade: 5 to 15
tagged: civil & human rights, law & crime

In this practical guide to the law for young people of Canada, Ned Lecic and Marvin Zuker provide an all-encompassing manual meant to empower and educate children and youth and those that serve them. The authors address questions about how rights and laws affect the lives of young people at home, at school, at work, and in their relationships as th …