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How to Be a Goldfish

by Jane Baird Warren
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: alternative family, bullying, lgbt

Some family secrets feel too big to share…

 

When her teacher assigns a family tree project for parents' day, Lizzie knows it won't be long until Scotch Gully’s gossips start up again. Most folks in her conservative town are used to the fact that she's the only kid with an unmarried mom, but when Lizzie's family tree research uncovers a shocking …

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Not Talking About You

by Kevin heronJones
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, bullying, assimilation, class differences

Kevin HeronJones has written this book to reflect his and other young Black people’s experiences with racism in school. He sees an urgent need to talk about how young people exhibit racist behaviour, to portray it honestly, and to explore how young people can confront it and speak out.

Part of a well-off middle-class family living in suburban Toro …

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Duck Days

by Sara Leach, illustrated by Rebecca Bender
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: special needs, bullying, friendship, cycling

The third title in the acclaimed Slug Days Stories, now in paperback. 

Irma is Lauren’s best friend. Irma knows all the strategies Lauren uses when her Autism Spectrum Disorder makes it hard to “go with the flow.” Lauren helps Irma learn English words and understand unfamiliar customs. So why does Irma suddenly want to introduce Lauren to her …

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Final Cut

by Marty Chan
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: bullying, film

Mason has been picked on at school for as long as he can remember and he’s tired of it.

He is happy that his family is moving and that he will never have to go to this school ever again. On his last day, Mason, a budding filmmaker, decides to get the ultimate revenge on the two worst bullies. He films them and then edits the footage to humiliate t …

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Careful What You Wish For

by Mahtab Narsimhan
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, friendship, loners & outcasts, bullying

A lonely teen discovers a website that grants wishes.

Eshana is a bit of a social misfit. She feels more comfortable talking to people online than in person. One day she discovers a website that claims to be a safe space where young people can support each other in making their dreams come true. She starts talking with someone called Wise One. They …

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