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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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Where Poppies Grow

A World War I Companion

by Linda Granfield
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: military & wars

When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothersand fathers would be home by Christmas. The …

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Boy O'Boy

by Brian Doyle
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 11 to 13
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: canada, sexual abuse, multigenerational

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year, the Geoffrey Bilson Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and an ALA Notable Books List selection

Martin O'Boy's life is not easy. His beloved Granny has just died, his pregnant mother and father fight all the time and his twin, Phil, is completely incapacitated. Martin is the one his mother cou …

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Up to Low

by Brian Doyle
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 11 to 13
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: friendship, canada

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award

Young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium-shaped eyes, discover that living, healing and dying are not always what they seem. And they make that discovery with the help of a wonderful cast of characters, including Crazy Mickey, Frank and the Hummer.

Award-winning author …

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Adventures Of Tommy Smith

by Robert Sutherland
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
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IN 1882 the S.S. Asia, a dangerously overloaded passenger ship, went down in gale- force winds in Georgian Bay, Ontario. More than 100 passengers died in the wreck. Robert Sutherland takes this historical fact and creates a gripping story for middle-grade readers. Tommy Smith, a young orphan, barely survives the sinking. He should feel lucky. But m …

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A Drop of Rain

by Heather Kirk
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: multigenerational, emotions & feelings, death & dying

In this dark and moving young adult novel, sixteen-year-old Naomi’s best friend has moved away, and Naomi herself is starting at a new high school. Curtis, the artistic guy she likes, seems to be avoiding her, making her feel alone and lonely. On top of lots of difficult homework and an awful part-time job, she also has problems at home. Her dyin …

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Overdrive

by Eric Walters, read by Iambik Productions
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, death & dying

Jake has finally got his driver's license, and tonight he has his brother's car as well. He and his friend Mickey take the car out and cruise the strip. When they challenge another driver to a street race, a disastrous chain reaction causes an accident. Jake and Mickey leave the scene, trying to convince themselves they were not involved. Jake find …

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