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After

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

Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)

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 h …

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The Roman Conspiracy

by Jack Mitchell
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: greek & roman, ancient civilizations, boys & men

Young Aulus Spurinna’s homeland, Etruria, has fallen prey to a rebel league of soldiers lead by Manlius, an experienced and dangerous Roman warrior. When his uncle dies under a cloud of mystery, Spurinna must take his uncle’s place as the landowner of all Etruria. In order to save his homeland from Manlius, Spurinna travels to Rome to seek help …

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Dark Times

edited by Ann Walsh
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: death & dying

The result of a cross-Canada contest for the best short stories about young people’s experience of loss and grief, Dark Times is a superb anthology about a topic that often remains hidden but is crucial in the development of a child’s sense of identity.

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Our Stories, Our Songs

African Children Talk about AIDS

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying, black studies (global)

Stories of survival.

Songs of hope.

Children you'll never forget.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are more than 11.5 million orphans. The AIDS pandemic has claimed their parents, their aunts, and their uncles. What is life like for these children? Who do they care for, and who cares for them?
Come and meet them. They might surprise you.

Royalties from th …

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Thirst

by Catherine Taylor
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: fantasy & magic

A taut and gripping fantasy for middle-grade readers

In the distant future on a parched landscape, sits an enormous wall made of towering wooden columns. The wall surrounds the desolate settlement of Regnboga. But inside, nobody can remember a time when the wall was built or when such majestic trees grew. No enemies ever come to challenge them, but …

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Carmen

by Carole Fréchette, translated by Susan Ouriou
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • 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 …

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Alma

by William Bell
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: adolescence, emotions & feelings, girls & women

Award-winning YA author William Bell’s Alma is the captivating story of a quiet girl who builds a friendship with a reclusive stranger.

Times have been tough since Alma’s father died and she and her mother had to give up their farm and move into town. Luckily, Alma can always retreat into the books of her favourite author, R.R. Hawkins.

When Alma …

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She Dared

True Stories of Heroines, Scoundrels, and Renegades

by Ed Butts, illustrated by Heather Collins
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: historical, girls & women

From a true-life “Survivor Island” tale to the women who flew fighters and bombers for the Allies in World War II, Ed Butts invites you to meet twelve women who dared to live their lives on a tightrope. She Dared takes the reader to the Far North, where a single Native woman put an end to a ruinous war. There’s Molly Brant, who stepped out of …

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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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SARAH WAGNER can tell her brother is there before she even sees him. There is the lingering odour of earth and rain, and then he appears, sitting at the foot of her bed, as if everything was perfectly normal. Except John is dead.

Sarah is grieving—and scared. Desperately seeking help, she turns to her best friend, Donna, an angry girl on the fring …

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