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Vegas Tryout

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: water sports, self-esteem & self-reliance, girls & women

Toronto synchro swimmer Carrie Munroe is Podium Sports Academy's team flyer and the school's best prospect for making it at the upcoming Vegas tryouts -- fulfilling her dreams of being in a glitz-and-glamour professional show. Carrie feels there's only one thing holding her back -- the weekly poolside weigh-ins. Her coach agrees, and Carrie is put …

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Off Limits

by Robert Rayner
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: sexual abuse, dating & sex

Fifteen-year-old Birmingham has a hot girlfriend who wants to "do it" anytime, anywhere. But to his (and his best friend's) surprise, it just leaves him feeling hollow, and he finds himself longing for something more. Then his school hires a substitute music teacher, and Birm feels an instant connection with her. They both share a deep love for mus …

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Hook Up

by Kim Firmston
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook eBook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: dating & sex, values & virtues

Cody Manywounds's intentions are good, but it seems that every time he makes one little mistake, he gets caught. He got into some serious trouble with his friends a while ago, but since then, things have been looking up -- his grades are good, his girlfriend is hot, and the escape to university (and more girls) is just around the corner. Then it al …

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Real Justice: Young, Innocent and In Prison

The story of Robert Baltovich

by Jeff Mitchell
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, social activists

At twenty-five, Rob Baltovich lost the love of his life, Elizabeth Bain. That was bad enough. Then he was arrested, jailed, sent to trial for murder, convicted, and sent to prison -- for life.

Throughout his years in prison, Rob maintained that he was innocent, refusing to admit to a crime he didn't commit. The result was he was never granted parole …

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Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death

The story of Steven Truscott

by Bill Swan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, social activists

At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football, and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the las …

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Rookie

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: bullying, hockey, physical & emotional abuse, violence

Fresh off the plane from Vancouver, sixteen-year-old hockey player Aaron Wong is excited to be starting his first year at Podium, the Calgary school for top teen athletes. Aaron has to make friends and fit in at a new high school, while also adjusting to a new home and a family with a different culture than his own. Luckily, he finds a tight-knit g …

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Wicket Season

by Gabrielle Prendergast
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: values & virtues, new experience

In Winnipeg, Harry was a cricket star. With few West Indians in the community and few people who played the sport, he always stood out from the crowd. But when he moves to Toronto's Little Jamaica to stay with his grandfather, Harry is suddenly just another West Indian kid who loves cricket. There are even girls who are more talented than him.

Harry …

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Puppet

by Eva Wiseman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, jewish

A heartbreaking episode in history, explained through the story of a young servant girl in the late 1800s.

The year is 1882. A young servant girl named Esther disappears from a small Hungarian village. Several Jewish men from the village of Tisza Eszvar face the ‘blood libel’ — the centuries-old calumny that Jews murder Christian children for …

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The Blood Countess

A Pandora English Novel

by Tara Moss, read by Rosemary Watson
  • age: 15 to 17
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural

Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she’s invited to live with her mysterious great aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown, break from her tragic past, and make it as a writer.

 

Things, however, are not what she is expecting. For starters, her great aunt’s gothic mansion is in a …

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