Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Young Adult

Created by craigriggs
  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
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Young adult titles featured in the fall 2021 Top Grade collection.

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The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour

by Dawn Dumont
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: native american & aboriginal, literary, humorous

The hilarious story of an unlikely group of Indigenous dancers who find themselves thrown together on a performance tour of Europe

The Tour is all prepared. The Prairie Chicken dance troupe is all set for a fifteen-day trek through Europe, performing at festivals and cultural events. But then the performers all come down with the flu. And John Greye …

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Names in a Jar

by Jennifer Gold
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, adoption, siblings

Twelve-year-old Anna Krawitz is imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto with her older sister, Lina, and their father. Happy days spent reading about anatomy and science in Papa’s bookshop are long gone, and the knowledge they have is used to help their neighbors through the illnesses caused by starvation and war.

With no hope in sight and supplies dwindl …

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The Boi of Feather and Steel

by Adan Jerreat-Poole
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: wizards & witches, lgbt

The thrilling sequel to the queer witchy fantasy The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass.

After stealing the Heart of a magical world with the help of a supernatural assassin, Tav discovers that they can’t just see magic — they know how to use it. Returning to the human City of Ghosts, Tav, Eli, and Cam race to heal the wounds in the veil between worlds …

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The Power of Style

How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures

by Christian Allaire
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: fashion, aboriginal & indigenous, customs, traditions, anthropology

Style is not just the clothes on our backs—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation.

As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that—because clothes are ne …

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass

by Adan Jerreat-Poole
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: wizards & witches, paranormal, occult & supernatural, lgbt

Enter a wicked cool fantasy world of witches and their assassins, where a group of renegades battle to capture the Heart of the Coven.
“A unique, gripping, engaging book by a voice that the genre has been waiting for.” — Seanan McGuire, author of the Wayward Children series

Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — …

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Pemmican Wars

by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 8
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, canada, coming of age, orphans & foster homes, prejudice & racism

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee’s history class turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee’s lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison …