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Not Talking About You

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

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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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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Zara Hossain Is Here

by Sabina Khan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, bullying, emigration & immigration

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 …

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Just Lucky

by Melanie Florence, read by Michelle Bardach
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: orphans & foster homes, girls & women, bullying

 

There’s nothing lucky about your family falling apart.

Lucky loves her grandparents, and they are all the family she really has. True, her grandma forgets things … like turning off the stove, or Lucky’s name. But her grandpa takes such good care of them that Lucky doesn’t realize how bad things are. That is until he’s gone. When her grand …

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Last Pick

by David Starr
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: basketball, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying, special needs, girls & women

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 …

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