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Nobody's Child

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: europe, new experience, violence

Commended for the 2004 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection, short-listed for the 2005 Red Maple Award and Rocky Mountain Book Award
When the Armenians of Turkey are marched into the desert to die in 1915, Mariam is rescued by her Turkish friend Rustem, and lives with mixed acceptance as a guest in his father’s harem. Kevork i …

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A Hole in the Hedge

by Grace Casselman
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: death & dying, bullying, dating & sex

An expert at fierce scowls and unpleasant grimaces, twelve-year-old Kaitlin Anderson presents a tough face to the world, usually hiding her quirky, imaginative nature. Still dealing with the loss of her mother to cancer, Kaitlin is less than kindly disposed to her stepmother Jane and her bratty half-sister, Anna. Meanwhile, Kaitlin has firmly faste …

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Bull Rider

by Marilyn Halvorson
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: general (see also headings under social themes), death & dying

Layne wants nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps and to be a bull rider. His dad was one ride away from a National Championship when he got trampled to death. Layne wants to be able to give his dad that championship—by winning it for him. What he doesn't want, though, is to end up like his father and die in the rodeo arena. When …

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In Spite of Killer Bees

by Julie Johnston
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: country life, siblings, new experience

In Spite of Killer Bees is a novel about not giving in and not giving up. Aggie and her two sisters have had to move to the small village that had been their father’s childhood home. Their mother is long gone, and their father – who’d been in and out of prison – has died. Although the village holds little charm for the girls, they have hope …

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Parvana's Journey

by Deborah Ellis
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: middle east, self-esteem & self-reliance, girls & women

Winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award

A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country. Parvana's father has died, and her mother, sister and brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has happened to the father. Parvana doesn't know where they are. She just know …

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Shoulder the Sky

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: death & dying, emotions & feelings, loners & outcasts

Winner of the 2003 Ann Connor Brimer Award, short-listed for the 2004 White Pine Award
Martin Emerson’s family, friends, and even his therapist have trouble figuring him out. He never showed much of a reaction to the death of his mother, and his behaviour of late has been getting more and more bizarre.
And yet, his website – Emerso.com – ha …

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