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Bull Rider

by Marilyn Halvorson
edition: Paperback
also available: 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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Generals Die in Bed

by Charles Yale Harrison
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: military & wars

All war is hell. But for troops serving in World War I, it was the bloodiest trench warfare ever known. GENERALS DIE IN BED is a first-hand account of one young man catapulted from new recruit to walking wounded on the Western Front.

From day one, he’s surrounded by mud and fear. Artillery whistles down without warning. Boys, barely men, cry out f …

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Goodbye to Atlantis

by Troon Harrison
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying, people with disabilities

When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine - beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles.

Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father's weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Ric …

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Where Poppies Grow

A World War I Companion

by Linda Granfield
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • 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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The Hungry Year

by Connie Brummel Crook
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: bedtime & dreams

Twelve-year-old Kate has always had to be more responsible than other girls her age. Since her mother's death and her family's flight to Canada, Kate's father has relied on her to keep house and look after her younger twin brothers. In a new place with poor shelter and no help, Kate must grow up even faster.

It is 1787. After poor crops, with little …

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