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Uncertain Soldier

by Karen Bass
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: military & wars, canada, prejudice & racism

Seventeen-year-old Erich is a prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp. Twelve-year-old Max goes to school—reluctantly—in the nearby town. The two would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. At the height of World War II, nobody wants to befriend a German. It doesn’t matter that Erich was force …

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If I Go Missing

by Brianna Jonnie, with Nahanni Shingoose, illustrated by Neal Shannacappo
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 12
tagged: social topics, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today.

The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie — a letter that went viral and was also the ba …

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Dakwakada Warriors

by Cole Pauls
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 16
  • Grade: 3 to 11
tagged: action & adventure, canada, science fiction

Indigenous protectors use language revitalization to save the Earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches Artist Cole Pauls wanted to reclaim the Southern Tutchone language he had learned as a youth while performing in the traditional song and dance group the Dakhka Khwaan Dancers, based in Whitehorse (YT). So, he created a comic about two Eart …

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Ghosts

by David A. Robertson
edition: eBook
also available: Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, paranormal, occult & supernatural, canada, superheroes, magical realism, mental illness

Mysterious murders, shadowy figures, and high school. Life can be hard, death can be harder.

Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free. Mihko Laboratories has reopened the research facility and works to manufacture and weaponize the illness that previously plagued Wounded Sky. People are missing. The community has been quarantined. What …

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Rescue in the Rockies

by Rita Feutl
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: time travel, canada

Rescue in the Rockies follows Janey, who’s almost 15, as she’s forced to spend the holidays with her grandmother and her grandmother’s new beau, Charlie. Being in Banff, Alberta, isn’t the problem. But Charlie has invited his annoying,16-year-old grandson Max for the stay.

When Janey tries to flee the infuriating Max, she finds herself whisk …

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This Place

150 Years Retold

by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm; Brandon Mitchell; Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley; Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; Jen Storm; Richard Van Camp; Katherena Vermette; Sonny Assu; Chelsea Vowel; David A. Robertson; Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, illustrated by Kyle Charles; GMB Chomichuk; Tara Audibert; Natasha Donovan; Scott B. Henderson; Andrew Lodwick; Scott A. Ford; Donovan Yaciuk & Ryan Howe, foreword by Alicia Elliott
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: historical, aboriginal & indigenous, politics & government, canada, prejudice & racism, assimilation

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

This is …

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Surviving the City

by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: canada, aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women

Winner of the Indigenous Voices Award, alternate format and an In the Margins Top Fiction Novel for 2020

Tasha Spillett’s graphic novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, colonialism, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens …

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Red River Resistance

by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 15
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, canada, action & adventure, coming of age, girls & women, orphans & foster homes, prejudice & racism

Echo Desjardins is adjusting to her new home, finding friends, and learning about Métis history. She just can’t stop slipping back and forth in time. One ordinary afternoon in class, Echo finds herself transported to the banks of the Red River in the summer of 1869. All is not well in the territory as Canadian surveyors have arrived to change th …

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To See the Stars

by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Tara Bryan
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, girls & women, 20th century, homelessness & poverty

In her deeply-affecting final novel, acclaimed children's writer and storyteller Jan Andrews gives us Edie Murphy – an indomitable and engaging heroine on the cusp of womanhood. The novel moves from Edie's remote Newfoundland outport to St. John's and finally to New York City's Lower East Side. Against the background of the history-making "Uprisi …

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