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Refuge Cove

by Lesley Choyce
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, emigration & immigration

Greg is an avid sailor. On a solo trip off the rugged Newfoundland coast, he stumbles upon a family of desperate refugees stranded in a lifeboat. Fearing for their lives if they are deported to their homeland, the family convinces Greg to help them, and keep their existence secret. He promises not to call the authorities and takes the family home. …

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Shoulder the Sky

by Lesley Choyce
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: death & dying, loners & outcasts, emotions & feelings

Winner of the 2003 Ann Connor Brimer Award, short-listed for the 2004 White Pine Award
Martin Emerson’s family, friends, and even his therapist have trouble figuring him out. He never showed much of a reaction to the death of his mother, and his behaviour of late has been getting more and more bizarre.
And yet, his website – Emerso.com – ha …

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One More Step

by Sheree Fitch
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: alternative family, blended families, emotions & feelings

Fourteen-year-old Julian's parents separated when he was a baby and he is still angry and hurt. His mother has had relationships since--all of which have ended disastrously-- but this time it seems serious. Jean-Paul looks like he might be the real thing. Julian is wary--and critical--as he comes to terms with the fact that he and his brother may h …

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Maddie's Millionaire Dreams

by Louise Leblanc, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, translated by Sarah Cummins
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: peer pressure, humorous stories, emotions & feelings

Maddie dreams she is having breakfast by the pool, a tropical breeze ruffling the palm trees as her limo warms up in the garage--until her baby sister's screams wake her up, and she goes downstairs to find her brothers fighting over dry toast.
Maddie wants to make her dreams real, and she's missing only one thing: money. When her friend Nicholas …

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Spider's Web

by Sharon Stewart
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

Spider's state-of-the-art computer is the creation of her new step-father, who's gone with Spider's mother on a honeymoon. Now Spider has free reign, so she logs on to the Internet and invents a whole new online personality. But she's soon in over her head, and it takes computer whiz Jerry and his uncle to make her see that she needs real friends.

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Stained Glass

by Michael Bedard
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: adolescence, emotions & feelings, homelessness & poverty

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The clock mounted on the face of the organ loft made a muted click as it measured off another minute. Charles glanced up at it – 4:30. It would soon be safe to leave for home.

The inside of the old church was dim. The only light came through the stained glass windows that ran along both sides of the nave. For the first few minutes after you walk …

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When Night Eats the Moon

by Joanne Findon
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12
tagged: fantasy & magic

Holly feels rejected. Her cool, remote mother has dumped the thirteen-year-old on an aunt and uncle she barely knows, at a farm in southern England. Holly takes her flute to her aunt and uncle's old barn, and the notes of her instrument set off a mysterious hum from the back of the building.

Perhaps she shouldn't have gone to investigate the sounds …

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Road Trip

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: basketball, prejudice & racism, friendship

Nick, Kia and their Mississauga Magic teammates are on the road, heading off to an elite hoop tournament in the Midwest. Feeling outmatched by many of the high profile teams, the kids are still looking forward to a good time. However, Coach Barkley, who played college ball in the area and is still regarded as a hero, has other ideas. As usual, noth …

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