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What the Dog Knows

by Sylvia McNicoll
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: dogs, time travel

Naomi’s dog Diesel returns from the afterlife with one mission — can he save her?

It’s Naomi’s worst summer ever. Her dog, Diesel, died. Dad lost his job. Mom and Dad split up. The family is broke, and Naomi is stuck babysitting when she planned to take swimming lessons. Then Naomi’s sometime-friend Morgan convinces her to jump off a dock. …

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Red Fox Road

by Frances Greenslade
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: survival stories, parents, death & dying

A thirteen-year-old girl on a family vacation becomes stranded alone in the wilderness when the family's GPS leads them astray. A compelling survival story for ages 10 to 14, for fans of Hatchet and The Skeleton Tree.

Francie and her parents are on a spring road trip: driving from British Columbia, Canada, to hike in the Grand Canyon. When a shortcu …

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Last Week

by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Emilie Leduc
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: death & dying, diseases, illnesses & injuries, emotions & feelings

A child cherishes every second of their grandmother's last week of life in this sensitive portrayal of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

“In this last week, there are seven days.” That's one hundred and sixty-eight hours. Or ten thousand and eighty minutes. Or six hundred four thousand and eight hundred seconds. A child counts every second bec …

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Wrong Side of the Court

by H.N. Khan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: basketball, diversity & multicultural, coming of age

Fifteen-year-old Fawad has big dreams about being the world's first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. A first-generation Pakistani coming-of-age story for fans of David Yoon and Ben Philippe.

Fifteen-year-old Fawad Chaudhry loves two things: basketball and his mother's potato and ground-beef stuffed parathas. Both are round and both help him fo …

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Camp Average: Away Games

by Craig Battle
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: camping & outdoor activities, friendship, humorous stories, hockey

In the final book of this hit summer reading series for ages 8 to 12, this summer is definitely not average. This three-book series is great for sports fans and reluctant readers, with Camp Average shortlisted for provincial children's choice awards in Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.

It’s another summer at Camp Avalon—also known as Camp Ave …

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Grave Message

by Mary Jennifer Payne
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, death & dying, law & crime

Jaylin is studying for a stressful English exam when she receives a message from her best friend, Fatima.

The thing is, Fatima died a year ago in a terrible traffic accident. At first, Jaylin thinks someone is playing a horrible prank, but as the texts become more detailed, containing secrets that just the two of them shared, Jaylin realizes she’s …

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Maxed Out

by Daphne Greer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: hockey, death & dying, special needs

Twelve-year-old Max just wants to play hockey.

But ever since his dad died, Max's mom has been struggling. Now Max has to take his brother, Duncan, who is autistic, with him wherever he goes. Max's team is counting on him to help them win the upcoming playoff game against the Red Eagles, but one practice makes it clear that it's not safe to leave hi …

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