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Spin Out

by Steven Sandor
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3.5
tagged: loners & outcasts, boys & men, parents, aboriginal & indigenous

Ben Cheng used to live the good life — he had wealthy parents, lots of friends and respect as an online gamer. But when his parents separated, he had to move to a small apartment with his mom, his dad was out of the picture, and his new schoolmates started teasing him for his family's fall from grace. All Ben has left is his virtual life, where h …

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Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars

A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir

by Kai Cheng Thom, narrator Adri Almeida
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: lgbt, coming of age

 

At once a love letter and challenge to the traditional transgender memoir, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a playful, surrealist dance through queer coming of age.

A haunted young girl (who happens to be a kung-fu expert and pathological liar) runs away from an oppressive city, where the sky is always grey, in search of love and sisterhood—a …

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Voices of Change

Young people speak up for tolerance, justice, and human rights

compiled by Avi Benlolo, with Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: politics & government, values & virtues, native canadian

For evil to Flourish it only requires good men to do nothing”, “Freedom is not a gift from Heaven, one must fight for it every day”and “Freedom of speech is not the freedom to propagate hatred” are only a few of the quotes that inspired young people to thoughtfully write about racism, bullying, intolerance, LGBT issues, anti-Semitism and …

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On the Run

by Marilyn Anne Holman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 2
tagged: law & crime, peer pressure, loners & outcasts, orphans & foster homes, violence

Seventeen-year-old Ryan is running out of chances — in and out of juvie since he was thirteen, he always seems to end up back in the same place. But this time, Ryan promises himself as he leaves the detention centre, will be different. He's determined to stay out of trouble. Being just a few months shy of eighteen means that next time he's picked …

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The Rumrunner's Boy

by E.R. Yatscoff
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 13
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, canada, smuggling, u.s. prohibition, liquor smuggling, historical crime fiction, worthy of its accolades, coming of age

Canadians are only too happy to supply liquor to thirsty Americans during U.S. Prohibition. Jarrod Hooker, 17, steps in for his injured father on a rum running crew smuggling liquor across Lake Erie. It’s a lucrative job they cannot afford to lose. Jarrod’s young age is resented by the rumrunners and they set out to sabotage him and confiscate …

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Breaking Through

Heroes in Canadian Women's Sport

by Sue Irwin
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: sports & recreation, women, girls & women

This book highlights the achievements of Canadian women sports stars — the role models of today's young female athletes. They fought for the right to compete in sports traditionally dominated by men and proved that women's sports are just as competitive and exciting to watch as men's. Spanning decades, Breaking Through focuses on seven sports and …

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Winners

The new generation of Maritime sports stars

by Philip Croucher, preface by Bruce Rainnie
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5
tagged: sports & recreation, canada, african american, aboriginal & indigenous

Maritimers take great pride in watching other Maritimers do well on the national and global stage. This book tells the inspiring stories of 12 athletes drawn from a variety of backgrounds and sports. Men and women, black and white, Acadian and Mi'kmaq, able-bodied and non able-bodied. The common thread: young people who grow up in the Maritimes, wi …

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