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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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Operatic

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: music, bullying, emotions & feelings

A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. But it’s hard for Charlie to concen …

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The Playmaker

by Alex O'Brien
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: hockey, city & town life, country life, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying, prejudice & racism

With no team in rural Innisfil, Zoey tries out for Bantam girls team the Barrie Sharks. She makes the cut and, knowing that the income from her family's farm won't cover the fees, pushes herself to overcome her shyness and try to raise her own funding. Zoey's talent and eagerness on the ice impress Coach Mikom, team captain Tia, and goalie Anika. B …

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Push Back

by Karen Spafford-Fitz
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: law & crime, homelessness & poverty, bullying, parents

Sixteen-year-old Zaine Wyatt has a lot to be angry about. His mother walked out of his life when he was 12, and he was kicked out of his Aunt Sarah's place by his uncle. After living on the streets and getting badly beaten up, he is back at Aunt Sarah's, but Zaine is still angry, afraid, and uncertain that he has a permanent place to live. When his …

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Cinders

by Mette Bach
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: lgbt, music, bullying, computers & digital media, blended families, adaptations

Seventeen-year-old Ash has been living with her mother in her mother's boyfriend's house, along with his daughter Mimi and son Noah. When Ash's mother dies, Ash stays so she can attend a high school with a top coding program. But her stepsiblings take advantage of Ash's precarious living situation, with Mimi posting embarrassing pictures of Ash onl …

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Charming

by Mette Bach
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: lgbt, music, bullying, adaptations, computers & digital media

Seventeen-year-old Char has studied music, but didn't think of it as a future until she posted a video of herself singing and it went viral. So now, instead of going to queer youth events or taking part in the Gay Lesbian Alliance, Char spends her time figuring out how to get enough online fame to fuel a singing career. When one of her videos is bo …

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