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The Pain Eater

by Beth Goobie, read by Sarah Kelley
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 11
tagged: sexual abuse, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying


Beth Goobie once again brings voice to the teenage outsider and victim in a way that only she can.

She hadn’t told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone’s lips. She’d thought about it at first — had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the sham …


Zara Hossain Is Here

by Sabina Khan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9
tagged: emigration & immigration, religion & faith, bullying

Zara's family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens. But it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them.


Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Zara Hossain, has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for h …


Body Image

Deal with it because all bodies are great bodies

by Tierra Hohn, illustrated by Marne Grahlman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: social topics, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Too fat, too thin. Muffin top, flat bum, thunder thighs, spaghetti arms. From an early age, kids learn they are judged for how they look. Both boys and girls are bombarded with messages of what they should look like and are shamed for not measuring up. When kids encounter conflict based on stereotypes of body image, they need the understanding and …


Last Pick

by David Starr
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.8
tagged: basketball, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying, girls & women, special needs

Last Pick shows how determination can help overcome obstacles — even bullying. Growing up with a developmental condition that left her clumsy in both movement and speech, Jazz was teased and never had the chance to play team sports. Now rid of her symptoms, Jazz is ready to play basketball at her Vancouver junior high, but the reappearance of an …


Lone Runner

by Dirk McLean
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.5
tagged: track & field, bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance

Set in a diverse neighbourhood in Scarborough, Ontario, this book follows Michaela as she goes from a solitary runner to an athlete who contributes to the success of her cross-country team. Discouraged by an incident at her mostly-white summer camp, Michaela comes into her own as part of her racially diverse school track team. Focusing on themes of …


Sticks and Stones

by Beth Goobie
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying, girls & women

Jujube is thrilled when Brent asks her out. She is not so happy when the rumors start flying at school. Pretty soon her name is showing up on bathroom walls and everyone is whispering behind her back. When her mother gets involved, Jujube's reputation takes another hit. Deciding that someone has to take a stand, Jujube gathers all the other girls w …


Volleyball Vibe

by Karen Spafford-Fitz
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: friendship, girls & women, bullying

Highlighting girls' volleyball, a sport that has overtaken girls' basketball in popularity, Volleyball Vibe shows how engagement in sports can boost self-esteem, confidence, and foster responsibility and teamwork. The main character, Ria, is a teen girl living in Edmonton, Alberta, whose obsession with beauty and fashion leads her mother to insist …

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