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The Missing

by Melanie Florence
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, mysteries & detective stories, violence

After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide. Then, it's Feather's best friend, Mia, who vanishes — but Mia's mom and abusive stepfather paint Mia as a frequent runaway, so the authorities won't investigate her disappearance either. Everyone knows …

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A Blanket of Butterflies

by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, magical realism, death & dying, action & adventure, boys & men, violence, paranormal

A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family's samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather's sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call “Benny the Bank,? he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a you …

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Betty

The Helen Betty Osborne Story

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: social topics, prejudice & racism, girls & women, aboriginal & indigenous, violence, law & crime
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Fight Back

by Brent R. Sherrard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: martial arts, physical & emotional abuse, violence

Tyler Josten has never caught a break. Abandoned by his mother, physically and emotionally abused by his father, he grows up with a wild temper, fighting anyone he sees as a bully -- including the police. When he gets into trouble with the law, his grandmother gives up on him, and he is placed in foster care to wait for his court date.

The Conways w …

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Why Do We Fight?

Conflict, War, and Peace

by Niki Walker
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: military & wars, violence, politics & government, prejudice & racism

Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts.
Since …

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7 Generations

A Plains Cree Saga

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, historical, coming of age, multigenerational, values & virtues, prejudice & racism, mental illness, violence

Edwin is facing an uncertain future. Only by learning about his family's past - as warriors, survivors of a smallpox epidemic, casualties of a residential school - will he be able to face the present and embrace the future. 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations. This epic, four-pa …

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