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Eight Days

by Teresa Toten
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: death & dying, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, diversity & multicultural

Governor General’s award-winning author Teresa Toten’s story about one girl’s transformative eight-day road-trip to retrieve her mother’s body.

 

How do you face a heartbreaking past?

One day at a time.

Or as Aggie says, one crisis at a time.

In Teresa Toten’s compelling new novel Eight Days, Samantha finds out that the mother she thought had …

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The Story of My Life Ongoing, by C.S. Cobb

by Candas Jane Dorsey
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, coming of age, friendship

Corey Cobb was born intersex, but because Corey's father and stepmother didn't make a big deal of it, it isn't until Corey's dad dies suddenly and Corey is back with a disapproving mother that making a gender choice becomes an issue. Corey is now legally old enough to refuse medical intervention--but not old enough to prevent "choosing not to choos …

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Second Chances

by Harriet Zaidman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries

Thirteen-year-old Dale Melnyk finds himself stuck in an iron lung, desperately fighting for breath — and wishing he could die. It is the worst outbreak of polio in the history of Winnipeg, and Dale is one of the many young victims being treated in the early 1950s. Second Chances follows Dale's slow and often agonizing struggle to regain his life, …

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Wanting Mor

by Rukhsana Khan, read by Rogin Rashidan
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: middle east, girls & women, stepfamilies

Winner of the Middle East Book Award, Youth Fiction category

Jameela lives with her mother and father in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that there is no school in their poor, war-torn village, and Jameela lives with a birth defect that has left her with a cleft lip, she feels relatively secure, sustained by her faith and the strength of her beloved m …

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Magic Dark and Strange

by Kelly Powell
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying, mysteries & detective stories

The Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.

Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with …

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The Degrees of Barley Lick

by Susan Flanagan
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
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Life has been hard for sixteen-year-old Barley Lick lately: he split with his girlfriend, his father died, and now his mother has a boyfriend, a cop named Fred Newton. Not even Barley's new Great Dane, Stanley, can make things right.

Then Newton wants Barley to use his geocaching skills to help him solve a mystery; helping would mean losing a huge …

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Iron Widow

by Xiran Jay Zhao
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: diversity & multicultural, girls & women

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!
Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers.

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls …

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Another Miserable Love Song

by Brooke Carter
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: music, death & dying, self-esteem & self-reliance

When a punk band asks Kallie to sing for them, she must decide if she's got the heart.

Kallie Echo is starting to think dreams are dangerous. Her dad had one—to be a rock star—and then he died. Now Kallie is practically homeless and her life is falling apart. When she's asked to front a band of rocker chicks (and one trans guy), she wonders if s …

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The Bones of Ruin

by Sarah Raughley
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Audiobook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: historical, apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic

An African tightrope walker who can’t die gets embroiled in a secret society’s deadly gladiatorial tournament in this thrilling historical fantasy set in an alternate 1880s London, perfect for fans of The Last Magician and The Gilded Wolves.

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a st …

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