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A Drop of Rain

by Heather Kirk
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • 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
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, death & dying

A street race ends in a tragic accident. Jake's friends tell him to run, but he doesn't know if he can—or should—run from the truth.

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 disast …

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Adam Beck

by James Sturgis
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: historical

On October 11, 1910, the premier of Ontario, Sir James Whitney, prepared to "switch on" hydro power for the first time. Graciously, he reached for Adam Beck's hand and said, "Gentlemen, with this hand which has made this project complete, I now turn on the power."

Born in Baden, Ontario, Adam Beck became a prosperous businessman and Mayor of London, …

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E. Cora Hind

by Carlotta Hacker
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: historical, women

E. Cora Hind was born in Toronto in 1861 but spent most of her life in the West. She became known both nationally and internationally as an outstanding journalist, lecturer, writer and foremost authority on all aspects of agriculture. In the 1930s a European newspaper claimed that she was "Canada's most famous woman." It was a reputation E. Cora Hi …

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Kate

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
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There's one other thing I should mention right off, which is that I'm fourteen years old and dying. (I guess that was two things, but the significance of one is sort of tied to the other, don't you think?)ðKate Benchworth

Kate Benchworth is far from typical. Having been diagnosed with a brain tumour that could end her life at any time, she views th …

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Out of Time

by Peter McPhee
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: death & dying

Members of Eileen's tight-knit circle of friends have made a suicide pact. When her best friend's body is discovered, it's a race against time to find another missing teen and prevent another tragedy. Eileen finds an unexpected ally in Ron, one of a gang of bullies at school who always victimized Eileen's group of "losers." As Eileen and Ron franti …

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Ice Dreams

by Beverly Scudamore
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
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Twelve-year-old Maya is an accomplished figure skater whose mother, a former world champion skater and Olympic hopeful, died four years ago. Maya's family pressures her to pursue her mother's Olympic dream, but Maya lacks the drive and the passion. In fact, she has a dream of her own: to play hockey. The transition between sports is not easy, but M …

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