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Misconduct

by Beverly Scudamore
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: physical & emotional abuse, violence

Fast-paced sports action novels that get kids reading.

Matthew has always been a popular student and hockey player. But after an altercation with a tough kid named Dillon at hockey camp, Matt finds himself number one on the bully's hit list. Matt manages to befriend Dillon by going along with whatever he's told to do, but as the boys' antics escalat …

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Adrenaline High

by Christine Forsyth
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, mysteries & detective stories, violence

D'Arcy is a 16-year-old overachiever and a budding newshound. When her classmate Zania's mother goes missing, D'Arcy thinks she's found the mother of all scoops. She's determined to solve the mystery and capture it all on film. But Zania's troubles are no game. She suspects her mother's drug-dealing boyfriend may be behind her sudden disappearance …

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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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Lightning Rider

by Jacqueline Guest
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, violence

When January Fournier arrives at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, her brother Grey is barely clinging to life in intensive care after a horrible motorcycle crash. She's devastated--but things get worse when the police accuse Grey of a string of bike thefts, claims he's in no condition to dispute.

Jan decides she's the only person who can uncover …

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Falling through the Cracks

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 16
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: violence, homelessness & poverty

Melanie and Trent are fighters. They fight to hold their dead-end jobs and stay in school at the same time. They fight to stay off the streets, fight against a welfare system that is worse than useless for them. They fight to stay together.

When they manage to find an apartment together things seem to be getting better. But some of the other tenant …

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Wrong Time, Wrong Place

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 16
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: emotions & feelings, violence

Corey's told over and over in a hundred different ways where he doesn't belong. What's worse, he doesn't know where he belongs himself: his mother's black and his father's white; his mother thinks he should hang out with white kids; his girlfriend dumps him for another guy because he isn't "black" enough.

So when Corey gets in trouble at his racial …

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Dark End of Dream Street

by Lesley Choyce
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 16
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: homelessness & poverty, violence

Tara's life in Halifax is about as good as it gets--she gets top marks in her class, her parents are cool, she has a good part-time job, her boyfriend Ron edits an alternative paper.

Her life is especially good compared to her friend Janet's. Janet fights with her parents whenever she sees them, which isn't often. She spends more time begging for c …

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