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Le Fils du pendu

by Francis Chalifour
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: suicide, parents, death & dying

Fifteen-year-old Francis’s father has committed suicide and nothing will be the same again. Suicide is ugly, unglamorous, and it is never a solution. Its aftermath is dreadful.

At first, Francis feels a terrible guilt. Could he have been a better son? What if he hadn’t left his home in Montreal to go on a brief holiday in New York the weekend i …

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Book Of Living And Dying

by Natale Ghent
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
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Seventeen-year-old high-school student Sarah Wagner wrestles with her grief overlosing her older brother, John, to cancer. When John’s ghost begins haunting herroom at night, Sarah seeks help from Michael—the dark and mysterious boy inher class—and her friend Donna, an angry girl on the fringe of society.

Searching desperately for a way to lay …

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Carmen

by Carole Fréchette, translated by Susan Ouriou
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: peer pressure, coming of age

Today . . . I want . . . I . . . I want to be loved."

On a gray Valentine's Day, fifteen year-old Carmen's world is turned upside down. She must give a presentation in class, and her fear of public speaking is making her sick. To make matters worse, Carmen is convinced today is the day she'll die of shame. If only she hadn't put that note in Simon K …

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Exit Point

by Laura Langston
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: death & dying, visionary & metaphysical, sexual abuse

Logan always takes the easy way out. After a night of drinking and driving he wakes up to find he has been involved in a senseless car accident and is dead. With the help of his guide, Wade, and the spirit of his grandmother, he realizes he has taken the wrong exit—he wasn't meant to die. His life had a purpose—to save his sister—but he took …

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Seeking Shelter

by Catherine Goodwin
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5
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Seeking Shelter, a novel for readers nine and up, is a sensitive and moving story of a young girl's struggle to recover from the death of her mother. When her dad lands an assignment in the States, thirteen-year-old Marcie Chisholm is sent to the Crieffs, friends and former neighbours in Montreal, for the summer. Armed with a backpack, the violin h …

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"Just Mary" Reader

Mary Grannan Selected Stories

by Mary Grannan, edited by Margaret Anne Hume
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: short stories, media tie-in

For twenty-three years during the golden age of radio in Canada, stories for children by Mary Grannan, "Just Mary," were broadcast by CBC and beloved across the country. She retired from broadcasting in 1962 and died in 1975, but her sweet-tempered and humorous stories still have the power to entertain, while recapturing the atmosphere of another t …

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My Childhood Under Fire

A Sarajevo Diary

by Nadja Halilbegovich
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
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"Bombs are exploding all over the city. I hide my feelings from everyone, but I am drowning in despair. When will this war end? For how long will my life consist of the dead space between two explosions?" -- June 6, 1995 On the first day of the siege of Sarajevo, 12-year-old Nadja Halilbegovich's life changed forever. In the face of constant tank a …

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Password: Murder

by Norah McClintock
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
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Harley slides the password into the slot. When the red light turns green he punches in a six-digit code. It better be right. If it's not...When Harley's father dies in a car accident in which Harley was the driver, he's left to cope with the guilt of causing his father's death. But as Harley begins to piece together fragments of memories about the …

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