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Uncertain Soldier

by Karen Bass
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: military & wars, canada, prejudice & racism

Seventeen-year-old Erich is a prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp. Twelve-year-old Max goes to school—reluctantly—in the nearby town. The two would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. At the height of World War II, nobody wants to befriend a German. It doesn’t matter that Erich was force …

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P.K. Subban

Fighting racism to become a hockey superstar and role model for athletes of colour

by Catherine Rondina
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Born in Canada to parents who emigrated from the Caribbean, P.K. Subban is a remarkable athlete and role model. A talent on the ice, playing for some of the best teams in the NHL, P.K. has set records and won the Norris Trophy, the highest honour in hockey for a defenceman. Often the centre of controversy, at one time named one of the most hated ho …

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Willie O'Ree

The story of the first black player in the NHL

by Nicole Mortillaro
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Willie O'Ree quietly made NHL history at the Montreal Forum on January 18, 1958, when he became the first black player to take to the ice. In the dressing room before the game, his Boston Bruins teammates told him not to worry. If any one of the Montreal players said anything to him, they'd have his back.

There was a round of applause when O'Ree ste …

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Jordin Tootoo

The highs and lows in the journey of the first Inuit player in the NHL

by Melanie Florence
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Hockey is a relatively new sport in Canada's North. It wasn't until 2003 that Jordin Kudluk "Thunder" Tootoo became the first Inuk to play in an NHL game. Although hockey is a rough sport to begin with, Jordin Tootoo is known for having to "fight his way through." Jordin has had more than his fair share of fights both on and off the ice. He's had t …

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Age of Unreason

The X Gang

by Warren Kinsella
edition: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: coming of age, music, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse

The X Gang must stand up for their beliefs in a changing world.

A new face of violence and hate has come to Portland, Maine, and the punks in the X Gang find themselves targeted once again. It is the early eighties, and the youth subculture they have grown up in is changing. Kurt, X, and the others have reluctantly concluded that they are unlikely t …

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If I Go Missing

by Brianna Jonnie, with Nahanni Shingoose, illustrated by Neal Shannacappo
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7
tagged: social topics, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today.

The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie — a letter that went viral and was also the ba …

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Run and Gun

by Eric Howling
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: basketball, prejudice & racism

Fourteen-year-old Griffin Finch attends school on scholarship and is struggling to stay on the basketball team. Knowing he has to step up his game, Griffin spends the summer playing basketball on a street court for a team called the Running Rebels in the hardscrabble Toronto neighbourhood of Regent Park. Griffin's hoop skills are taken to the next …

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Powwow Summer

by Nahanni Shingoose
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, self-esteem & self-reliance, prejudice & racism

Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity.

Now eighteen and just finished high school, River travels to Winnipeg to spend the summer with her Indigenous father and grandmothe …

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