Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Young Adult

Created by craigriggs
  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
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Funny Gyal

My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica

by Angeline Jackson, with Susan McClelland, foreword by Diana King
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbtq+, caribbean & latin america, social activists

“Instead of remaining silent, she chose to speak out … That’s the power of one person.” — Barack Obama
The inspiring story of Angeline Jackson, who stood up to Jamaica’s oppression of queer youth to demand recognition and justice.

When Angeline Jackson was a child, she wondered if there was something wrong with her for wanting to kiss th …

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Wish Upon a Satellite

by Sophie Labelle
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: lgbt, friendship, dating & sex

The glaciers are melting and the climate crisis is on their mind, but nothing shakes the foundations of non-binary teen Ciel’s world more than sharing an unexpected kiss with their best friend, Stephie. Everything they thought was clear is suddenly all mixed up—and that’s without the new problems at school: sexting, peer pressure, and overdue …

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The Queen of Junk Island

by Alexandra Mae Jones
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook Audiobook
  • age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: lgbt, self-esteem & self-reliance, ghost stories

From debut author Alexandra Mae Jones comes a compelling, nuanced exploration of bi identity and body image with a ghostly backdrop—perfect for fans of Nina Lacour. 

Still reeling from a recent trauma, sixteen-year-old Dell is relieved when her mom suggests a stay at the family cabin. But the much-needed escape quickly turns into a disaster. The l …

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Version Control

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, superheroes, science fiction, mental illness

After finding out Mihko reinstated the Reckoner Initiative in Breakdown, Cole and Eva confronted Mihko head-on. But when Eva stumbles across a secret laboratory, she finds her worst nightmares come to life. After a vicious battle with Mihko’s newest test subject leaves Cole close to death, Eva is forced to continue their investigation without him …

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a million billion pieces

by David James Brock, by (composer) Gareth Williams
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: canadian

It’s time to make every moment count.

Sixteen-year-olds Pria and Theo—or as they know each other online, the aspiring opera singer PriaSoprano and outer-space aficionado Eagle19—have decided to have sex. There’s just one catch… they both have life-threatening genetic disorders that may cause them to explode from one another’s touch. But …

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Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) & Antigone: 方

by Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho), foreword by Jonathan Seinen
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: canadian

From the author of trace comes two adaptations that transport mythological stories from Ancient Greece to modern-day civilizations. Led by people of colour, these darkly comedic plays depict recognizable plights for justice.

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) highlights the repetition of hate and colonialism that occur in ancient myths throu …