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Bull's Eye

by Sarah N. Harvey
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: parents, alternative family, emotions & feelings

After Emily's aunt dies, Emily learns that everything she has always believed is a lie, and her world crumbles. Forced to face the fact that her mother is not who she thought she was, Emily tries to find the truth about her past and make sense of her future. Turning to graffiti and vandalism as a way to deal with her anger, she comes to realize th …

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The Burning Time

by Carol Matas
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: medieval, prejudice & racism, girls & women

Rose's idyllic existence in sixteenth century france is destroyed when her father dies, and her mother—a midwife and healer to half the families in the town—is arrested and accused of being a witch. When her mother begs Rose to save herself, Rose must weigh the terror of death against the pain of life on her own. First published in 1993, The B …

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Death in Kingsport

by Curtis Parkinson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, general (see also headings under family)

Kingsport, a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario, is struggling through the fall and winter of 1941 in the aftermath of the Great Depression. For fifteen-year-old Neil, life is simple and routine, until his favorite uncle, Chester, suddenly dies, and he is engulfed by an aching loneliness. At his uncle’s cremation aboard a freighter in the h …

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When the Bough Breaks

by Irene N.Watts
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: orphans & foster homes, girls & women

Millie’s is a small family — just a mother, a father, a small brother, Hamish, and her. Both her parents had been orphaned (and were introduced in Watts’ novel Flower), but the family they created was tight-knit and loving. When Millie’s mother announces that she is pregnant, it seems life is perfect. They have each other, and, although the …

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Ms. Zephyr's Notebook

by kc dyer
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 8
tagged: suicide, death & dying

When Logan Kemp hurls himself into a rugby scrum one morning, he has no idea that by afternoon he'll be fighting for his life. Worse, the only other patient on his ward is a troubled girl named Cleo who may not be hospitalized just for a broken wrist. When all he wants is his regular life back, the thought of Cleo throwing away her own leaves Loga …

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Baboon

A Novel

by David Jones
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 8
tagged: fantasy & magic

Fourteen-year-old Gerry Copeland has mixed feelings about flying back to his parents’ research camp in the African savanna. While his biologist mom and dad study baboon behavior, he’ll be thinking about the video arcade and restaurants back in the city.

Suddenly, their small plane’s engine stutters and dies. They go down hard. Gerry wakes up t …

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Payback

by James Heneghan
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: bullying

Thirteen-year-old Charley Callaghan is coping with some difficult changes. His family has recently moved to Vancouver from Ireland, and his mother has died of cancer. Now he is desperately trying to fit in - in a new school, a new city, a new country - while holding a part-time job and keeping an eye on his little sister, Annie. Charley’s red hai …

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A Sky Black with Crows

by Alice Walsh
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), canada

A compelling adventure story!

In the early 20th century, an English doctor exposed the desperation of the people of the outports of Newfoundland and Labrador. The doctor's name - Wilfred Grenfell - soon became synonymous with one of the greatest missions to the poverty-stricken in North America. The Grenfell mission was the early headquarters for th …

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